Daily Kos blogger drafts Keith Olbermann for Senate in Connecticut

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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A blogger at liberal website Daily Kos is recommending former MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann run for U.S. Senate in Connecticut to fill the seat of soon-retiring independent Joe Lieberman.

The blogger, under the moniker “Stranded Wind,” posted his argument in favor of Olbermann’s candidacy on Saturday, the day after MSNBC abruptly canceled “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” The blogger wrote that Comcast fired Olbermann, even though Comcast and MSNBC have both publicly stated that the merger had nothing to do with Olbermann’s cancellation.

Stranded Wind said Olbermann would be able to “easily return [to Connecticut from New York, his current residence] and establish residency,” and recommended Olbermann and his lawyers discuss whether his “contract issues” with MSNBC “are a barrier” for campaign finances.

The Kos blogger argued that the “Draft Olbermann for Senate” movement would help Connecticut’s Democrats whether Olbermann decides to run or not.

“There isn’t even an exploratory committee yet so there is no way to fundraise for this effort,” Stranded Wind wrote. “There are two other Connecticut Democrats who think they’d like that seat. I think that those of us behind this effort can start pushing now, making this about raising awareness and driving voter registration. If Keith gets into the race that benefits him, and if he doesn’t we’re helping the chances of the other two lesser known candidates.”

The “Draft Olbermann for Senate” movement already has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The Facebook page, which has more than 500 fans, states its mission as: “We’re just a bunch of fans who want to see Keith Olbermann run for Senate — this voice is too important to be silenced.”