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One of the brighter moments of this year was the announcement by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) that he would not be seeking reelection.  Since that time, Lieberman has been gathering up tributes to his service, the latest coming a few days ago at a meeting of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

This diary was going to be about that happy meeting, so I went to Youtube to see if perhaps someone had posted a video of it.  So far, no, but what should pop up in my search but this little gem.

What an ego-driven POS!  Instead of the "I" after his name there should be a "T".
Anyway, after I had calmed down I decided to go ahead with the original intent of the diary.

Retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman isn’t saying who he’ll vote for to replace him, but following a Monday address to the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce he said the tone and cost of campaigning are part of the reason he’s leaving the job.

The 24-year veteran said he’s met with both the candidates vying for his position but he won’t reveal who he’s planning on voting for come November, in an effort to stay out of the political fray.

more here at ctnewsjunkie.com

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was there at the Lieberman Lovefest.

Blumenthal described Lieberman as “a partner, a mentor and a role model.”

He said Lieberman enjoys unusual respect among his Senate colleagues, “because of the values he has espoused.” Blumenthal called that “his most lasting achievement.”

“Joe is a model of civility and respect, and also independence of mind and a commitment to do the right thing,” Blumenthal said.

Wait..it gets better.
And Lieberman surprised Chamber President Larry McHugh by announcing that Monday was McHugh’s birthday.
Er..does that mean that McHugh was unaware that he was having a birthday?  Nevermind.
Lieberman then led the approximately 500 people at the breakfast in a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” which ended with the presentation of a birthday cake – complete with lighted candles – to McHugh.

Lieberman closed the meeting by presenting McHugh with a Connecticut Hero award.

Lieberman said the award, which he instituted, was being given to McHugh in recognition of McHugh’s “hard work, his religious faith, his loyalty to his family and to his country, and his service to the community.”

Aww.  I can think of a lot of people more deserving of a 'Hero" award than the president of a Chamber of Commerce, but, hey, he's a friend of Joe's and goes to church a lot.

And, then, the grand finale.

Speaking of Lieberman, McHugh said, “He will always be ‘our U.S. Senator,’ and for that, I am forever, ever grateful.
Middletown Press

No, Larry. As of January, he's gone.  And for that, the Democrats of Connecticut are, forever, grateful.

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