Waving Goodbye: Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut announced on Janury 19 that he would not run for a fifth Senate term. Best known for his 2000 candidacy as the first Jewish vice presidential nominee from a major political party, Lieberman has been embattled since 2006, when he lost a primary race and left the Democratic party. He is 68.

Should Jews Support Joe Lieberman For FBI Director?

News recently broke that President Trump considers former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman, 75, the frontrunner to succeed James Comey as FBI director. If the BDS-battling, yarmulke-wearing Lieberman actually gets the job, it would mark a watershed moment, since the FBI has never had a Jew in charge.

But should American Jews celebrate or fear Lieberman, given his rightward shift over the years?

Michael Powell, The New York Times: Lieberman Endorses McCain For President

During the 2008 presidential election, only eight years after he ran with Al Gore on the Democratic ticket, Lieberman wholeheartedly backed Republican candidate John McCain over Barack Obama. McCain also debated selecting Lieberman as his running mate instead of Sarah Palin.

Patrick Healy and Jennifer Medina, The New York Times: Lieberman Explains His Stance On Iraq

Lieberman initially supported President George W. Bush’s foreign policies, including the invasion of Iraq.

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart News: The End Of An Era: Sen. Joe Lieberman, The Last Moderate Democrat

When Lieberman left the Senate, he received a hearty send-off from Breitbart News. The “alt-right” publication applauded Lieberman’s hawkish national security policies.

J. Taylor Rushing and Alexander Bolton, The Hill: Sen. Reid Bows To Centrists, Will Drop Medicare Buy-in Provision To Pass Bill

In 2009, during the Obamacare debate, Senate Democrats came close to passing legislation that would have allowed Americans between 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster, but he managed to wrangle just 59. Only Lieberman — known as the “Senator from Aetna” for his longtime support for Connecticut insurers — stood in the way of a law that arguably would have improved the health of many vulnerable Americans.

Correction: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this article stated that there had never been a Jewish CIA director. In fact, two previous directors, James Schlesinger and John Deutch, had Jewish lineage.

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