Friday, August 18, 2006
Lieberman continues staff shake-up, hires Republican pollster
From CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) continued to shake up his re-election campaign Friday by hiring new political consultants, including a prominent Republican pollster. It is his second major re-shuffling of campaign staff since losing the Democratic primary to businessman Ned Lamont on August 8.

Lieberman has tapped Neil Newhouse of the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies to serve as campaign pollster. The POS firm has served a long list of prominent Republican clients over the years, including Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Robert Ehrlich of Maryland, and Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and Pat Roberts of Kansas, to name a few. Newhouse also serves as a top advisor to Connecticut's Republican Gov. Jodi Rell. The firm also partners with Democratic firms to produce non-partisan polling for NBC/Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

The campaign also tapped Democratic strategist Josh Isay to serve as media consultant. Isay has previously worked for both New York City's Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as the state's Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

"They are not just among the best in their respective businesses, but they bring a deep knowledge of Connecticut from across the political spectrum, which will be essential to our effort to build a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and independents," said Lieberman of his two new hires in a written statement.
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