Lieberman: I’m trying to be less political in 2010, focus on legislative agenda

Lieberman: I’m trying to be less political in 2010, focus on legislative agenda

Joe Lieberman says he wants to be less “political” in 2010.

The independent senator from Connecticut, who infuriated Democrats by backing Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPoll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats Meghan McCain: COVID-19 battle made me doubt if nation will recover from pandemic Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-Ariz.) for president, told The Hill, “I’m trying to have a more governmental/legislative, less political year.”

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Lieberman this week said he is staying out of some of the Senate’s most hotly contested races this year, including Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies Congress can prevent another Jan. 6 by updating a key elections law MORE’s (D-Calif.).

“Nobody’s asked me to get involved, and I have no intention of getting involved in that race,” Lieberman said. “I just have a lot to do here.”

He added that staying out of the campaign spotlight “will be a nice change. I don’t have any sort of yearning to get involved.”

Lieberman, a strong supporter of the Iraq war, did suggest he was somewhat torn on the California race. GOP candidate Carly Fiorina was a strategist on McCain’s presidential campaign. Lieberman, who said knew Fiorina before McCain’s 2008 bid, noted he has worked “pretty closely” with Boxer on environmental legislation.

Asked how he would respond if he were asked to get involved by either Boxer or Fiorina, Lieberman said he “would think about it.”

“But for now I’m just going to focus on climate change, Iran, and homeland security,” he said.

Boxer, who opposed the Iraq war, traveled to Connecticut in 2006 to rally for Lieberman in his primary against Ned Lamont.

At the time, she told voters, “[Lieberman] is a good Democrat, he is a good man, and he’ll do you proud.”

After Lamont won the primary, Boxer, like most Democrats, endorsed Lamont in the general election.

Boxer’s campaign did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said, “Right now Carly is focused on introducing herself to as many California voters as possible. She respects Sen. Lieberman and looks forward to talking with him in the coming months."

Fiorina is not the front-runner in the GOP primary. That distinction belongs to former GOP Rep. Tom Campbell, who was previously running for governor before focusing his sights on the upper chamber. A Jan. 27 poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) put Campbell at 27 percent, followed by 16 percent for Fiorina and 8 percent for former state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Orange County. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has endorsed DeVore.

Recent polls show Boxer ahead of all three Republican candidates.

Over the last several years, Lieberman has made political donations to both sides of the aisle.

Since 2007, his political action committee contributed funds to Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews (N.J.), Democratic Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusThe good, bad, and ugly of Tester's Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act Biden nominates Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' MORE (Mont.), former Democratic Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE (Del.), Republican Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement No. 3 Senate Democrat says Biden should tap Black woman for Supreme Court MORE (Maine), Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Democratic Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinFCC needs to help services for the deaf catch up to videoconferencing tech Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa MORE (Iowa), Democratic Sen. Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonCornell to launch new bipartisan publication led by former Rep. Steve Israel Trump faces tough path to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac overhaul Several hurt when truck runs into minimum wage protesters in Michigan MORE (S.D.), Republican Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), Democratic Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuDemocratic ex-senators join pro-gas organization 11 former Democratic senators call for 'meaningful reform to Senate rules' 10 Democrats who could run in 2024 if Biden doesn't MORE (La.), former Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson (Texas), Democratic Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinOvernight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden pays tribute to late Sen. Levin: 'Embodied the best of who we are' Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dead at 85 MORE (Mich.),  Democratic Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall (Ga.), McCain, Democratic Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford Pryor11 former Democratic senators call for 'meaningful reform to Senate rules' Kyrsten Sinema is less of a political enigma than she is a strategic policymaker  Bottom line MORE (Ark.), Democratic Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedDefense bill sets up next fight over military justice  Ukraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia Photos of the Week: Tornado aftermath, Medal of Honor and soaring superheroes MORE (R.I.), Democratic Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerDemocrats look to scale back Biden bill to get it passed Humorless politics a sad sign of our times Bottom Line MORE (W.Va.), former Republican Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.), Democratic Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery Udall11 former Democratic senators call for 'meaningful reform to Senate rules' Kennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package MORE (Colo.) and Democratic Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Russia attack 'would change the world' SALT change likely to be cut from bill, say Senate Democrats New Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (Va.).

Lieberman made his comments to The Hill after a Senate press conference with a Democrat, Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.), and two Republicans, Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and McCain.