Democratic Convention: Taking Care Of (State) Business

Joe Lieberman may be best known as a moral leader, but he's also a politician--one who has aggressively defended his state's corporate interests. In his 12 Senate years, he has been a dogged advocate for Connecticut's top employers in the pharmaceutical, insurance and defense industries.

There's nothing uncommon--or wrong--about a politician's working on behalf of his constituents; Lieberman's service is no different from a Michigan politician's protecting the auto industry or a Texas politician's looking out for big oil. But it helps explain his enormous popularity in Connecticut, the generous contributions he has received from its industries and some of the...

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