A liberal group is targeting Senator Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who is holding out on health care, with a new tongue-in-cheek ad that accuses him of looking out for himself, not his constituents.
Lieberman has threatened to go along with a Republican filibuster to stop the Democratic bill if it includes a public option -- a government-run plan to compete with private insurers.
Unlike proponents who say it would help reduce costs, Lieberman and other foes oppose more government control of health care. Lieberman's critics also say he is carrying water for big health insurers that are based in Connecticut and who have been generous campaign contributors.
"It's not about you, it's all about Joe," the chairman of the fake "Connecticut for Lieberman Party" says.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee said this morning that the ad will air this week in Washington and Connecticut.
"Joe Lieberman promised Connecticut voters in 2006 that he would support core Democratic issues like health care reform. This tongue-in-cheek ad holds Lieberman accountable for putting his own ego ahead of the overwhelming will of Connecticut voters who demand a public health insurance option," the committee's co-founder, Adam Green, said in a statement.
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