November 16, 2006

"Connecticut for Lieberman Gets New Chair"

Interesting if true. UPDATE: Richard Winger writes:

    Rick Hasen's blog posted an amusing story about a man in Connecticut who claims to be the only registered member of the Lieberman for Connecticut Party. This man called a state convention of that party, which was attended by himself and no one else. He nominated himself chair of the party and promulgated some rules. He was obviously having some fun at Senator Lieberman's expense.

    The story does not mention that in 1995, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in Nielsen v Kezer, 652 A 2d 1013, that a one-person nominating caucus is invalid, because there is no one present to second any nominations. The case arose around A Connecticut Party, which had held a one-person nominating caucus for a state legislative race. The decision did depend on the fact that the party rules required a second, so the decision might not apply to the Lieberman for Connecticut Party.

    Under Connecticut law, since the Lieberman for Connecticut Party polled more than 1% of the vote (it actually got over 49% of the vote), it is entitled to nominate a candidate for US Senator in 2010, by convention, with no petition needed. That's all it is entitled to do. Connecticut, uniquely, sets the vote test for party qualification on an office-by-office basis, so if a party polls 1% for Governor (and nothing else), it is on the ballot automatically in
    the next gubernatorial election, but only for that one office. But a party that polls 20% for Governor is on for all partisan office.

Posted by Rick Hasen at November 16, 2006 04:46 PM