Dr. John Mertens, a candidate for Senate in Connecticut seeking the endorsement of various minor parties, recently starred in an ad put on the air by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
The Committee did not endorse Dr. Mertens, or even mention his run for Senate in the ad, but Dr. Mertens did talk about how he is the chair of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, a party formed solely to elect Joe Lieberman to the Senate in 2006, but later taken over by his progressive enemies.
The ad has earned Mertens statewide and national recognition from dozens of media outlets, but it has also created a bit of stir among Connecticut for Lieberman Party insiders. On Daily Kos a “diary” – or blog post created by a member of the website who cannot write on the front page – was created denouncing the ad and Dr. Mertens. An excerpt is below:
We signed the party over to Dr. Mertens in 2008, with the understanding that it would be used to support or cross endorse the candidate running against Lieberman in 2012.
However, if Dr. Mertens doesn’t get 1% of the vote, the party will cease to be. And he is using it as a vanity party to run himself as a candidate against a Democrat, Chris Dodd, and the others.
Apparently the former contollers of the party believed that it would be used mostly for local races.