Skip to comments.Conn. Sen. Chris Dodd expected to announce retirement, sources say
Posted on 01/05/2010 9:05:33 PM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative
Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), a leading Democrat whose political star fell along with the nation's economy, is expected to announce Wednesday that he has decided against running for reelection this November, according to sources briefed on the decision. Dodd, in his fifth term, chairs the Senate Banking Committee. His retirement would be the second such announcement by a Senate Democrat in 24 hours; North Dakota's Byron Dorgan said Tuesday that he would not run this fall.
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Too bad, in a way. I think he would have been pretty easy to defeat.
Hmm, a lot of Dems are abandoning ship all the sudden.
....and another one bites the dust!
Jumping like rats from a sinking ship.. what is that, three major players this week?
If true, would be the most intelligent thing he has ever done.
I mean what is up...all these evildoers quitting...good riddance...
Yeah, what's up with that?
The question is “What do THEY know that we don’t know yet?”
When the rats start jumping off the ship makes me wonder if they aren’t dropping out so they can re-establish themselves somewhere else because the ship is definitely going down....
I worry that maybe they know that the country is headed for dictatorship and they are stepping down now to avoid being the first against the wall when the Obama backed “People’s /SEIU/ACORN Revolution comes”.....
Taking the moolah and running.....away.....need to have a law banning Senators from being lobbyists, etc.
Too bad...I was looking forward to seeing him get trounced. Wonder what ambassadorship B.O. has in store for him. Stewardesses beware.
Bet he’ll book a flight to Ireland right after he leaves, and live there. That’s what I would do If I were him. Wish he’d take Senator Frank with him.
Dodd has to resign. He knows if he runs he’s gonna get his ass whipped big time.
Can we tar and feather the bastard first?
Stolen all he could,
helped enslave the nation with tyrannical health care.
Time to take the spoils and retire to that estate in Ireland.
History will not be kind to these traitors.
These guys aren’t jumping; they’re being pushed!
just got this from WaPost, too...
(although with Dorgan and Dodd both annoucing SOOOO close together it makes me wonder what’s coming down the pipeline newswise for Bank of America (since it bought out Countrywide))
just a little suspicious...
Will he be drunk with power and stuffed with pocket?
Were some Dem senators who’s chances of re-election bleak already promised a nice cushy job for their health care vote? I know the usual process is retirement then fat pay check lobbyist job, but might they be fatter and cushier than usual?
More good news tonight.
Hope he is convicted.
It makes me think something is about to come out in the news.
Da rats are shuffling the deck thinking that’s going to save them from 2010.
You nailed it. Their internal polling must be devastating. And you can bet that their inside information on the state of the economy is probably far worse than what is being made public. Some economists are talking about a decade long recession.
The Dems also know that they are engaging in a suicide pact when they approve ObamaCare. When the public starts feeling the impact, they will be at the Capitol building with pitchforks, torches, tar, and feathers.
Have to hand it to the Dims . . . at least they’re disciplined and have enough party loyalty to not run for re-election. Republicans, on the other hand, have to put up with TOTALLY self-servings pols like Burns and Stevens who thought only of themselves.
rats are abandoning the s.s. hopenchange. who is next?
Hopefully, he retires into Gitmo.
Now the Dems don't necessarily have to lose the seats. In Dodd's case, they can run someone who's not conspicuously corrupt. In Dorgan's case they can run someone who isn't tainted by the health care vote, you know, a "fiscally conservative, socially moderate" type who won't let the Left wingers push him/her around.
Perhaps the democrats have decided that fossil imCumbents are set to lose anD that new blood democrats will have a better chance at retaining the seats for the democrats.
I hate to admit it, but if that's the plan, it's a pretty good one. On second thought, it's likely not a plan... more like the fossils don't want to be humiliated at the polls.
It will up to the Republican challengers to hammer home that ALL DEMOCRATS ARE LIBERAL and that Obama's 60 vote senate has to dismantled.
I guess we’ll know soon enough...
Is he sober enough to make the announcement?
While conventional wisdom says that “some” politicians whose party is in power will announce retirement, there seems to be ALOT of dems doing this now. From Connecticut to Michigan to Colorado to Hawaii to North Dakota; it seems there is a whole lot more than average. IMO, there is more to come. What do they see that we don’t? I bet their internal polls are at historic lows. How does this bode for upcoming congressional votes?
What message does this send to “blue dog” dems? Vote for us or less? Or else we will abandon you and leave you high and dry??
abandoning ship all the sudden.
I have been expecting this for some time, they are attempting to get a threefer here, get these guys off the radar, slide in someone who does not have the baggage and prepare for political war, by having these guys working the political process from 2010 through 2013. Democrat and foreign handlers know exactly what is coming, so they need to be taken care of and using their remaining public maturity and profitability, slim as it is, to the best use.
That's exactly what they have to do - but will they? They've got to lay the blame on the party.
Soon he’ll be making waitress sandwiches again with his homey Teddy...they’ll probably be some kind of barbeque sandwiches.
I wonder if they are planning this...new faces harder for Repubs to beat.
Barney needs to go!
I said that above, too - make me wonder about Bank of America/ML since they bought out Countrywide and both these Senators are connected to the mortgage scandel.
And didn’t Whitney lower her rating on BOA/ML today?
I don’t trust the Dems...something is up...
this guy epitomizes the limousine liberal, and to boot he’s a real asshole. i stood in line behind him to go see blackhawk down back in 2001 in alexandria and noticed that he avoided eye contact with everyone, especially me. had that holier than thou sneer on his face the whole time. what a complete tool. i regret not being able to see him lose a race in his state that’s about the size of boone pickens’ oil, i mean, cattle ranch.
They damn well better. Busting up that bullet proof senate is one of the bigger issues they have going for them.
In addition, Republican challengers will have to run on conservative issues because the fate of this nation depends on fiscal conservatism. NO MORE SPENDING, NO MORE BAILOUTS and NO MORE PORK.
They’ll win if they stick to that message and mean it!
More DemonRats jumping ship after passing the biggest travesty in history. Bonus: there won’t be a private sector left for them to jump to. If I were king, they’d all be heading for the graybar hotel—including the Republicans, they clearly didn’t do enough to stop this travesty.
Go Democrats—and take the RINOs with you!!!
Please. Barney does enough damage without promoting him to Senator. Or did you mean Franken?