In an interview with the Yale Daily News published over the weekend, U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays, a Republican representing Fairfield County, levels a major criticism against his friend U.S. Sen. John McCain’s bid for president.
“He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign,” Shays said of the Arizona Republican.
In a telephone conference last Friday with Lieberman, myself and Mark Pazniokas, a reporter for the Hartford Courant, raised the subject of mounting, bipartisan criticism about the “tone” of McCain’s campaign.
Lieberman, who remains a registered Democrat in his hometown of Stamford, has been campaigning hard for McCain and would not bite. He said both the Republicans and Democrats in the presidential and vice presidential race have committed “all sorts of excesses.”
“I’m prepared to be held accountable for my own comments on the campaign trail,” Lieberman said.