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Black Leadership Group Says Dodd Must 'Face the Music and Resign'
Talon News | April 13, 2004 | By Jimmy Moore

Posted on 04/13/2004 6:43:14 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance

WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Members of a black leadership group are asking Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) to resign from his position in the United States Senate because of recent comments he made regarding Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV).

Talon News was one of the few national media outlets that reported on this story last week about Dodd's remarks about Byrd made on the floor of the Senate on April 1 (read previous story).

"I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment," Dodd exclaimed. "Some were right for the time. Robert C. Byrd, in my view, would have been right at any time."

Despite the fact that Byrd was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Dodd even remarked that the West Virginia Democrat "would have been right at the founding of this country, right during the Civil War."

Dodd concluded his controversial statement by claiming, "I cannot think of a single moment in this nation's 220-plus year history where [Byrd] would not have been a valuable asset to this country."

Project 21 spokesman Kevin Martin said he is outraged at the comments made by Dodd and is shocked that Dodd was allowed to make them without any backlash whatsoever.

"How could Senator Dodd have made the comments he did with a straight face? And how can he believe he's going to get away with it?," Martin asked in a press release. "Robert Byrd is a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan, and later an opponent of civil rights legislation. I can think of many places in American history where I wouldn't want him setting our nation's agenda."

Martin recalled the treatment given to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) after he found himself in a situation to Dodd's.

"When Senator Trent Lott made similar comments about Senator Strom Thurmond at a party, he was roundly condemned," Martin recalled. "He lost his leadership post, and almost drummed out of the Senate."

Talon News reported last Thursday that Lott made a speech at the 100th birthday party for the legendary South Carolina Sen. Thurmond where he asserted that if he had been elected president in 1948 running as a member of the segregationist Dixiecrat Party, then "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years."

The media onslaught was treacherous as Lott attempted to apologize for his comments. The pressure did not let up until he decided to step down from his position as Senate Majority Leader.

Demonstrating their consistency on this, Project 21 roundly criticized Lott at the time and called for him to resign his leadership position.

"What Lott said was hurtful, and he paid a price at Senator Dodd's urging," Martin stated. "Now it's Dodd's time to face the music and resign."

What Martin is referring to is a quote made by Dodd about Lott's comments about Thurmond in December 2002.

"If a Democratic leader had made [Lott's] statements, we would have to call for his stepping aside, without any question whatsoever," Dodd told United Press International at the time.

He continued, "If Tom Daschle or another Democratic leader were to have made similar statements, the reaction would have been very swift. I don't think several hours would have gone by without there being an almost unanimous call for the leader to step aside."

Actually, Dodd was at the forefront of the movement to have a "bipartisan" censure of Lott to make him face the "reality" of what he had said.

Following the petition effort begun by GOPUSA's (web site) "Call for a Public and Official Rebuke of Sen. Christopher Dodd," Project 21 believes it should go one step further.

"Senator Dodd's statement is tasteless and wrong," Martin declared. "It's time for him to follow his own advice and leave."

Copyright © 2004 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: blacklash; chrisdodd; christopherdodd; connecticut; deneenborelli; dodd; dudd; freedomworks; kevinlmartin; project21

1 posted on 04/13/2004 6:43:14 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: mhking
BC ping
2 posted on 04/13/2004 6:44:49 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Puppage
I have written to our local WTNH news, who have no desire to cover this story.
3 posted on 04/13/2004 6:47:57 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Black Leadership Group Says Dodd Must 'Face the Music and Resign'

Will never happen.

When was the last time a Dem (national scale) was forced to resign? See, that only happens to Pubbies.
4 posted on 04/13/2004 6:48:34 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Won't happen. This won't get anywhere near the media attention that Lotts remarks did. Frankly, Lott kept the story alive by doing what Republicans always do.....explain things to death and just dig themselves in deeper. Dems just ignore the whole thing and it goes away. You would think over time that Republicans would learn this little trick.
5 posted on 04/13/2004 6:49:12 AM PDT by Ima Lurker
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Where are the pubs, including Bush, that helped sell Lott down the drain????

One has to wonder if they both dance to the same fiddler.

6 posted on 04/13/2004 6:50:39 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: Ima Lurker; TomGuy
I agree it is sickening that America is run by the left wing media. Thank God almost enough people have not been completely brainwashed by them.
7 posted on 04/13/2004 6:51:08 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Fierce Allegiance
We'll see how far this goes. Without the mainstream media jumping on this, it will die down Rather quickly, if ya know what I mean.
8 posted on 04/13/2004 6:53:26 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: rj45mis
It already has.
9 posted on 04/13/2004 6:54:22 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Trueblackman
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10 posted on 04/13/2004 6:54:27 AM PDT by lifacs
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To: TomGuy
As long as he is pro-abortion, he won't be forced out. Racism, sexual harassment, etc are only issues of concern if Republicans are involved, otherwise the liberals seem to look the other way. Evidence Bill Clinton.
11 posted on 04/13/2004 6:55:07 AM PDT by joonbug
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To: cynicom
Bush was seeking to avoid the political fallout with the black vote he has been courting and winning for some time now. Lott is responsible for his own demise.
12 posted on 04/13/2004 6:56:39 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: Fierce Allegiance
bttt
13 posted on 04/13/2004 7:01:03 AM PDT by tje
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To: Fierce Allegiance
When you own the plantation you can say and do anything you please.
14 posted on 04/13/2004 7:02:40 AM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: Fierce Allegiance
If Dodd should resign for praising Byrd, a former KKK'er, shouldn't Byrd resign?
15 posted on 04/13/2004 7:02:59 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Trueblackman
"Trent Lott has got to go. I'll bet he keeps his Klan robe in his closet."

- Spike Lee's words on the Today Show regarding the Lott controversy.

Let's make the same baseless charge about Chris Dodd now that the tables are turn. At least calling him a Klan-lover wouldn't be incorrect since he obviously loves at least one Klan member.
16 posted on 04/13/2004 7:05:52 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (The War on Terror is mere collateral damage to the Democrats' War on Bush.)
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To: Tall_Texan
I am sure Dan Rather will lead with this tonight--Riiight.
17 posted on 04/13/2004 7:07:46 AM PDT by rod1 (On the front line)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
They left out the part how KKK Byrd initiated the fillibuster on the Senate floor on the civil rights act of 1964.
18 posted on 04/13/2004 7:09:29 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Ima Lurker
Dems just ignore the whole thing and it goes away.

They're helped a great deal by the lamestream media that makes no effort to ask them to explain their position. However, if a Republican pol makes the slightest mis-step the media descends on them like locusts.

19 posted on 04/13/2004 7:12:51 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: rj45mis
That excuse wont wash. Blacks vote for dems, period.

Selling your own down the drain and remaining mute for votes would be an act of cowardice.

20 posted on 04/13/2004 7:13:51 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I don't necessarily think that Dodd should be forc ed to resign, I think we the voters of CT should handle that choice for him.

I am concerned, but not surprised, at the amazing hipoccrisy of our national media for not even mentioning what happened with Dodd compared with the wall to wall coverage of everything and then some with the Lott Issue
21 posted on 04/13/2004 7:18:18 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance
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To: Fierce Allegiance
The silence of the media on this topic is deafening.

Remember this next time somebody tries to tell you there is no "media bais in favor of the left".

Try not to spit in their face as you burst into laughter......
22 posted on 04/13/2004 7:20:16 AM PDT by Badeye
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To: cynicom
"Blacks vote for dems, period"

Wrong! Bush will get a higher percentage of the black vote in 2004 than any recent Republican candidate. That's because more of them are starting to see how the dems have misused them all these years to grab power, yet they never seem to be needed when VP candidate is being sought. Bush treats blacks fairly and equally and this does not go completely unnoticed. Besides that, Bush didn't sell his own down the drain; Lott should have been more attuned to how his remarks would be perceived. He was unwise and he paid a price. End of story, period.
23 posted on 04/13/2004 7:24:06 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: mhking
bump
24 posted on 04/13/2004 7:25:52 AM PDT by eyespysomething (To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
About Time......about time...
25 posted on 04/13/2004 7:38:39 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: rj45mis
Some peoples memories are rather short.

Bush made a VERY public announcement, condemning Lott. Where is the like comment on Dodd???? It wont happen. Republican partisans had better start holding their people accountable.

26 posted on 04/13/2004 7:40:40 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Why now? And why Dodd?
Why not Robert Byrd?
27 posted on 04/13/2004 7:46:39 AM PDT by yoe (Political Correctness OUT! Profiling IN! Know your enemy!)
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To: yoe
Why not both..........?
28 posted on 04/13/2004 7:55:06 AM PDT by kahoutek
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Trueblackman
Way to go, Kevin!
29 posted on 04/13/2004 7:59:39 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Sen. Dodd's inclinations in fawning are most notable in the international realm: Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez. The Black caucus might note these - starting with Castro whose regime has institutionalized the relegating of blacks to the lowest level of Cuban society.
30 posted on 04/13/2004 8:02:21 AM PDT by mtntop3 ("Those who must know before they believe will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

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31 posted on 04/13/2004 8:52:59 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Republicans don't have the guts to fight this, or any issue.

All these Big Stupid Government politicians want is more power, more money, more pork, more votes and reelection. Fighting for principles is risky, and Republicans don't care enough about principles to take risks.

32 posted on 04/13/2004 9:28:21 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Is Fallujah gone yet?)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Typical double standard. The Dims get a free pass whenever they do something for which Republican was persecuted and vilified. The contempt I have for the modern Democratic Party, and its willing enablers in the media, is deep.
33 posted on 04/13/2004 10:23:19 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: cynicom
Selling your own down the drain and remaining mute for votes would be an act of cowardice.

Who is "your own?"


Show 'em my motto!

34 posted on 04/13/2004 10:33:01 AM PDT by rdb3 (Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gangsta lean...)
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To: rdb3
Trent Lott, remember him. Remember Bush helping to run Lott off and installing Frist????
35 posted on 04/13/2004 10:35:15 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Trent Lott, remember him. Remember Bush helping to run Lott off and installing Frist????

Yes, I know who Lott is. But this still doesn't answer my question.


Show 'em my motto!

36 posted on 04/13/2004 10:38:46 AM PDT by rdb3 (Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gangsta lean...)
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To: rdb3
Sorry, don't have time to draw a diagram.
37 posted on 04/13/2004 10:40:49 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Sorry, don't have time to draw a diagram.

Mmmm, hmmm.


Show 'em my motto!

38 posted on 04/13/2004 10:47:16 AM PDT by rdb3 (Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gangsta lean...)
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To: Temple Owl
ping
39 posted on 04/13/2004 10:59:53 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Arlen Specter supports the International Crime Court having jurisdiction over US soldiers)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
bump
40 posted on 04/13/2004 12:01:28 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl
Byrd will resign when there's peace in the Middle East.
41 posted on 04/13/2004 4:02:00 PM PDT by RenegadeReporter
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To: RenegadeReporter
We need term limits. He, Teddy, Dodd and Arlen can be our poster boys.
42 posted on 04/13/2004 4:45:10 PM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: mhking
Black Leadership Group Says Dodd Must 'Face the Music and Resign'

Well, the music isn't loud enough for Dodd to resign.

43 posted on 04/13/2004 8:18:41 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul (Kerry said he wasn't at the '71 plot-to-kill meeting, then, he was but voted NO, now he can't recall)
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