Washington, D.C. -- Council for a Livable World today announced its endorsement of Democratic candidate Ned Lamont of Connecticut in his bid for U.S. Senate.
A vocal critic of the war in Iraq, Lamont forced a rare primary by garnering 33 percent of the vote at the Democratic state convention three weeks ago, more than twice the amount needed. The primary will be held August 8.
Council for a Livable World will immediately begin fundraising for the Lamont campaign to ensure that he has sufficient resources to compete in the primary. In the last election campaign, Council raised $1.6 million for Senate and House candidates.
In this election, Council has endorsed other challengers and open seat candidates such as Bernie Sanders in Vermont, Jon Tester in Montana, Ben Cardin in Maryland and Sherrod Brown in Ohio.
Jerome Grossman, chairman of Council for a Livable World, said, "We are pleased to endorse a candidate of Lamont's character and abilities. He has proven himself to be an effective leader with a positive vision for the future and will bring those qualities to Washington."
Lamont will challenge incumbent Senator Joseph Lieberman, a supporter of the Iraq War, to represent the party on the ballot in November.
In 1988, Council for a Livable World endorsed Senator Lieberman in his first and closest Senate election against Senator Lowell Weicker. However, Lieberman's support for Bush administration national security policies has strained relations with groups opposing the Iraq war.
"Lamont offers a strong alternative to the 'war first' type of thinking currently in Congress," continued Grossman.
"We look forward to working with Ned Lamont," concluded Grossman.