|Joe Lieberman for President, Inc.
Senator Joe Lieberman announced his presidential campaign and filed papers with the FEC establishing his presidential campaign committee on January 13, 2003. Craig T. Smith is national campaign director and senior advisor.
Oklahomans for JoeJoe Lieberman for President, Inc. Oklahoma Leadership
launched Dec. 15, 2003
-On November 20, 2003 the campaign announced the endorsements of State Reps. Abe Duetchendorf and Ron Kirby of Lawton, Comanche County Democratic State Delegate James Fullerton, and Cleveland County Democratic Party Secretary Toby Friesen.
-On October 14 2003 the campaign announced the endorsement of State Sen. Angela Monson -- First Assistant Majority Floor Leader. Immediate past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.
-On June 26, 2003 the campaign announced 15 more supporters.
-On March 11, 2003 during an appearance at the State Capitol Hadassah Lieberman announced some key supporters: Attorney General Drew Edmondson, State Treasurer Robert Butkin, U.S. Representative Brad Carson, Speaker of the House Larry Adair, State Sen. Stratton Taylor (former Senate President Pro Tempore), Senate Majority Whip Sam Helton, House Speaker Pro Tempore Danny Hilliard, State Rep. Dan Boren
Here's a December 11, 2003 summary from the Lieberman campaign:
JOE LIEBERMAN'S STRENGTH IN OKLAHOMA
KEYS TO VICTORY
· Roll Call wrote, “Lieberman has devoted considerable time and resources to the Sooner State, locked up the vast majority of the state’s elected officials, and seems a solid ideological fit for the state where moderate to conservative Democrats rule the party roost.”
POLLS: JOE JUMPS INTO
STRONG IN-STATE PRESENCE
· Joe is also the first candidate to send his sister to Oklahoma -- his sister Rietta Miller and husband Gary have lived in Norman for 12 years and have played an integral part in the campaign.
· Lieberman has traveled widely throughout the state, campaigning in the eastern Democratic strongholds, meeting with oil producers and displaced airline workers, and visiting with African-Americans in central Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
LEADING IN MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS
· Lieberman locked up early endorsements from every leading statewide Democrat who has endorsed a candidate, including Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Treasurer Robert Butkin, Auditor Jeff McMahan, House Speaker Larry Adair, former state Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Stratton Taylor, and Black Caucus Chair Sen. Angela Monson.
· Though he can’t endorse Lieberman, former Okla. Senator, current OU President, and influential state leader David Boren has praised Lieberman, telling the Norman Transcript, “I just want you to know there will never be a finer human being or a more honorable human being occupy the Oval Office than Joe Lieberman.”
“OKLAHOMA DON’T LIKE
· Joe is catching on - during a Veterans Day visit to OK, Johnny Bianco, an Army veteran from Oklahoma City, told AP that he was a Republican who had backed Bush but is switching his support to Lieberman. "I like what he says. I can understand him,” Bianco said.
Copyright © 2003 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action