HARTFORD â€” Anti-Iraq War sentiment heated up at the state Capitol Tuesday as 11 state lawmakers endorsed a planned rally against U.S. policy in Iraq.
State House Assistant Majority Leader David McCluskey, D-West Hartford, got so whipped up about U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Liebermanâ€™s strong support for the war that he made a comment he quickly regretted.
“In spite of all the many good things Senator Lieberman has done, this (Iraq war) is the overriding moral issue, and if he doesnâ€™t change his position, I cannot be with him in good conscience,” McCluskey said during a news conference to promote Sundayâ€™s rally.
“He needs to come to Jesus on this one,” McCluskey said. A short time later, McCluskey apologized for making a comment that might offend Lieberman, a devout Orthodox Jew.
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McCluskey said he thinks there will be a lot of Democratic officials who wonâ€™t show their unhappiness with Lieberman until they go to vote. “I donâ€™t believe every public official is going to come out and support Ned Lamont. But I believe in the voting booth they will,” McCluskey said.
State Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, who also endorsed the upcoming rally, dislikes Liebermanâ€™s position, but hasnâ€™t decided whom he will support in the U.S. Senate race.
“I have a lot of respect for Joe on a lot of fronts,” said Sharkey, a longtime critic of the war. “Iâ€™ve been very disappointed with his steadfast support not only for the invasion but for his support for the premise for the invasion.”
From the New Haven Register. Complete story here.