Matt Lieberman, son of former US senator from Connecticut and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic nomination for a US Senate seat in Georgia, the first major Democrat to formally jump into that race.
Matt Lieberman announced his hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father in a campaign video featuring his two daughters whom he raised as a single father.
“To me it’s personal. In 2000 I watched as the Supreme Court stole the election and changed the course of history. We need a Voting Rights Act for the 21st century,’” Lieberman says in his announcement video referencing the Florida recount battle that ensued following the 2000 presidential election in which his father was on the ticket.
The Senate opening comes following the retirement of Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who plans to leave Congress at the end of 2019 with two years remaining on his term citing health reasons. The Republican governor will appoint an interim replacement for the seat and a special election will be held in November 2020 to determine who will fill Isakson’s seat for the remainder of his term.
In his announcement video, Lieberman – who does not have a history of elected office – highlights his experience as a teacher and an entrepreneur.
He says he will push for a ban on so-called assault-style weapons and fight for abortion rights and voting rights. Lieberman also said he would refuse corporate PAC donations, which has been a growing trend among Democrats.
Although Lieberman is the first Democrat to announce his bid, on the Republican side, high-profile lawmakers like Rep. Doug Collins – the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee – have been among those mentioned as possible candidates, and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Georgia House, Jan Jones made public her interest in the seat earlier this week.