There’s some awkwardness in Washington with Joe Leiberman running as an independent for the U.S. Senate and Ned Lamont, who beat him in the primary, meeting with Democratic Senate leaders. “‘As long as he [Leiberman] stays competitive, the Democrats in the Senate aren’t going to want to alienate him,’ said L. Sandy Maisel, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College. ‘He wants to come back as a Democrat.'”