Thanks to Zell Miller, there is a rule to deal with Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman’s endorsement of Republican John McCain disqualifies him as a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule, according to Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.
Miller, then a Democratic senator from Georgia, not only endorsed Republican George Bush four years ago, but he delivered a vitriolic attack on Democrat John Kerry at the Republican National Convention.
The Democrats responded with a rule disqualifying any Democrat who crosses the aisle from being a super delegate. Lieberman will not be replaced, DiNardo said.
Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination in 2006 and was re-elected as a petitioning candidate. He remains a registered Democrat and a member of the Senate Democratic caucus, but he declared himself an “Independent Democrat.”
Connecticut has 12 super delegates: six Democratic National Committee members, one Democratic senator, four Democratic members of congress and one “unpledged add on” to be selected. Super delegates are not bound by a state’s primary results.
Barack Obama’s victory in the state’s primary Tuesday will give him 26 pledged delegates, while Hillary Clinton will have 22.
For those of you keeping score at home, five of the supers are supporting Obama, one is with Clinton and five are neutral.