John Orman

John Orman

John Orman is a politics professor at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He was the 1984 Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Congress seat in Connecticut's fourth district, and briefly challenged Senator Joseph Lieberman for the 2006 Democratic Senate nomination. As of 2007, Orman is one of two people claiming to be the current chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party.

2006 Senate campaign

In March 2005, Orman announced that he would challenge Lieberman for the Democratic nomination, saying Lieberman was disloyal to the Democratic party and supported the foreign policy of President George W. Bush.

Orman's campaign generated support from bloggers across the country, but for a variety of reasons, he was never considered a serious threat to Lieberman. In September 2005, he announced he was withdrawing from the race because of a lack of money.

The end of Orman's campaign was followed by the campaign of businessman Ned Lamont. When Lamont came to Fairfield University in the spring of 2006, he told those in attendance that he was "picking up where John Orman left off." Lamont went on to upset Lieberman in the Democratic primary in August, winning the party's nomination for the Senate seat with 52% of the vote, but lost the general election to Lieberman, who ran on the Connecticut for Lieberman party line.

Connecticut for Lieberman Chairmanship

On November 15, 2006, Orman changed his party registration from "Democratic" to "Connecticut for Lieberman" and submitted "party rules" to the office of the Secretary of the State. Some of the new rules Orman adopted for the Connecticut for Lieberman party included: [ [;jsessionid=56E23085CD16020D467BB7D575EA0B9F?diaryId=4685 "Orman Elected New Chair of Connecticut for Lieberman Party"] , Press Release, November 16, 2006, by John Orman, retrieved on 2007-03-12] [Gregory B. Hladky, [ "Critic delights in taunting Lieberman"] , "New Haven Register", November 20, 2006] [Shawn Zeller, [ "Crashing the Lieberman Party"] , "New York Times", December 1, 2006]

On January 3, 2007, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz accepted a filing from Orman. Ted Bromely, a state elections attorney who worked for her office, said "If someone wanted to challenge it, they'd have to go to court." [ [,0,294401.story Home - The Advocate ] ]

On June 12, 2007, Orman called for Lieberman to resign from the Senate, describing the senator's rhetoric regarding military action against Iran as "unilateral warmongering" that could lead to "World War III". Orman called for Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell to appoint Susan Henshaw as Lieberman's replacement. [Peter Urban, [ "Party head lambastes Lieberman on Iran"] , "Connecticut Post", June 12, 2007]

Other activities

Orman is the author of four books on American politics. He is also the faculty adviser to the Fairfield University men's basketball team, and a frequent participant in stand-up comedy and hip-hop contests. He is frequently written about in a number of local publications, including "The Fairfield Mirror".


* Celebrity Politics (Prentice Hall, 2004)
* Presidential Accountability: New and Recurring Problems (Greenwood Press, 1990)
* Comparing Presidential Behavior: Carter, Reagan, and the Macho Presidential Style (Greenwood Press, 1987)
* Politics of Rock Music (Burnham, Inc., 1985) ISBN 978-0830411191


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