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Wednesday, July 23, 2003


Weicker to Endorse Dean

posted by Editor at Wednesday, July 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean for American announced today that former Republican senator and Independent governor Lowell P. Weicker of Connecticut will be endorsing Gov. Howard Dean for president. As a senator, Weicker was an original sponsor of the Americans with Disablities Act and was known as a Nixon critic during the Watergate scandal. As Connecticut's governor, Weicker instituted the state's income tax despite extreme opposition to the measure. Weicker lost his senate seat to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. He founded A Connecticut Party and was elected governor on that ticket. He was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for the reform party in both 2000 and 1996.


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