FARMINGTON, Conn. — Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr., a liberal Republican at odds with his party and President Reagan more often than not, announced his candidacy for a fourth term today and predicted the biggest victory of his career.
Weicker, 56, a Greenwich millionaire, told his audience at the University of Connecticut Medical Center: "My special role has been to try and give voice and strength to those on the outside. At some point or another during my career that has meant just about everybody and everything."
The state's senior senator is constantly battling with his party in Connecticut and Washington. His difficulties with the GOP began when he was assigned to the Senate Watergate Committee in 1974 and continue today with his frequent criticism of Reagan.
Weicker has styled himself as a champion of the Constitution and has made a name for himself fighting for the rights of the handicapped and minorities.