Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., share a laugh while speaking to reporters during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, in Birmingham, Mich. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A Democratic senator said Democrats are letting Senator Joe Lieberman keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite supporting Republican John McCain for president.
Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday the verdict came in a closed-door
meeting on Capitol Hill.
The Connecticut senator lost the Democratic nomination for his
re-election bid two years ago over his vocal support for the war in
Iraq but won in the fall as an independent.
Lieberman has stayed on the Democratic side of the aisle in the
Senate but generated lots of hard feelings among Democrats for his
active support of McCain this year -- and his criticism of
then-candidate Barack Obama. Obama has signaled to Democratic
leaders that he's not interested in punishing Lieberman.