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Chris Dodd to step aside
Washington Post ^ | Posted at 11:41 PM ET, 01/ 5/2010 | Chris Cilliza

Posted on 01/05/2010 9:10:39 PM PST by bd476


Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans.

Dodd's retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek re-election.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is widely expected to step into the void filled by Dodd and, at least at first blush, should drastically increase Democrats' chances of holding the seat.

Blumenthal, who has served as state Attorney General since 1990, is the most popular politician in the state and has long coveted a Senate seat; he had already signaled that he would run for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) in 2012. (A sidenote: Assuming Blumenthal gets in to the race, Rep. Chris Murphy could be the long-term beneficiary as he is widely regarded as a rising star and would be at the top of the list of Democratic hopefuls to challenge Lieberman in 2012.)

Without Dodd as a foil, Republicans chances of taking over a seat in this solidly blue state are considerably diminished. Former Rep. Rob Simmons and wealthy businesswoman Linda McMahon are battling it out for the Republican nod but either would start as an underdog in a general election matchup with Blumenthal.

Dodd joins North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan on the sidelines for Democrats. Six Republicans Senators are not seeking re-election in November.

Dodd's retirement comes roughly two years after his presidential ambitions came to an end


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 111th; chrisdodd; connecticut; ct2010; lindamcmahon; peterschiff; retirement; richardblumenthal; robsimmons; schiff
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1 posted on 01/05/2010 9:10:39 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Bad news - Dodd would have been an easy pickup. Oh well, the Repubs are not going to win the Senate - we need to focus on the House.


2 posted on 01/05/2010 9:12:12 PM PST by nwrep
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To: bd476

looks like the rats are abandoning the s.s. hopenchange at an alarming rate.


3 posted on 01/05/2010 9:12:15 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: bd476

The commie ‘RATS are on the run! If I was a DemocRAT, I’d resign too.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 9:12:42 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: bd476

chicken! BWAK BWAAK!


5 posted on 01/05/2010 9:13:05 PM PST by chris37
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To: bd476

Another rat takening the poison as he votes for Obama care and screws us all.


6 posted on 01/05/2010 9:13:23 PM PST by ncfool (Obama Bare fisted Politican at home. Pantywaist VS. Real thugs abroad.)
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To: bd476

I hope they are right either way keep the pressure and demand other politicians to stop amnesty,health care,cap and trade and all their radical agendas to fail


7 posted on 01/05/2010 9:14:18 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: ncfool

These are strategic resignations. They want to clear the ballott for a new “hopey change” Rat to win against a GOP bad guy. The old Rats will just now work as lobbyists and make a mill a month...plus all the booze they can swill.
They will be paid off big time by all the Rat donors.


8 posted on 01/05/2010 9:16:27 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: bd476

Sen. Chris Dodd (D)to step aside.

Two down, 56 to go. Dodd was one of the worse, he helped tank the economy by making banks give mortgages to folks who had no likelihood of making the payments and he had the FHA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac buy all the bogus paper so the taxpayers were on the hook for the defaults.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 9:17:05 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: nwrep
Not necessarily. If the Pubs are smart they will run against Obiecare, Crap&Trade and Dingy Harry. Has Blumenthal taken a public position on these issues?
10 posted on 01/05/2010 9:17:15 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: bd476
Enemies of the Republic collector's card #6:
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11 posted on 01/05/2010 9:17:41 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Probably not.


12 posted on 01/05/2010 9:17:45 PM PST by nwrep
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To: bd476
But.... don't worry. This PIG, too, will vote Yes on Health Care reform and then line up on K Street for the lobbying goodies. Whores, all. He should resign now WITHOUT VOTING...
13 posted on 01/05/2010 9:19:41 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: bd476

Hmm.. The rats are remobilizing, hoping to put up no-name rats who they believe have a better shot at winning than the incumbent rats. On the one hand, this doesn’t say much for the rats’ performance lately, but on the other hand there is no underestimating the stupidity of the ignorant chattering class who might actually believe the new rat is an improvement over the old rat.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 9:19:52 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: bd476

Can the rat bastard still be tried for his crimes once out of office?


15 posted on 01/05/2010 9:22:04 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: bd476

HELLO ! WASHINGTON POST LEFT OUT AN IMPORTANT SOMEONE . . . . . surprise, surprise, surprise.

Peter Schiff is running for Dodd’s seat. If you don’t know who he is, you should ! He was the only one who predicted this entire mess in 2006 and he was laughed at. Watch his youtube channel.

http://schiffforsenate.com/

http://www.peter-schiff.com/


16 posted on 01/05/2010 9:22:47 PM PST by carolina71
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To: nwrep

I’m not so sure....how is any RAT candidate going to be able to run away from what this congress has done? The DNC isn’t going to give them $$ to run on an anti-administration, anti-congress platform. If the GOPers put up any kind of decent, low tax, pro-life, small government candidates they should win.


17 posted on 01/05/2010 9:24:27 PM PST by clintonh8r (Proud member of America's cadre of prickly conservatives.)
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To: bd476

What does he care? He will take his millions and in 1-3 years, become a respected mouthpiece for the progressive movement and make even more $$$.

That’s the way politics works these days, my friends...


18 posted on 01/05/2010 9:24:38 PM PST by FatherFig1o155 (I love -- and miss -- the republic I grew up in: America.)
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To: Oldexpat

“These are strategic resignations. “

BINGO


19 posted on 01/05/2010 9:25:00 PM PST by headstamp 2
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To: bd476

I just donated (again) to Peter Schiff. He mentioned a few weeks ago on his podcast that he gets the most donations from California. Amazing.


20 posted on 01/05/2010 9:28:43 PM PST by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: clintonh8r
Do not depend on the American people, they are easily conned by state media propaganda....and that propaganda has not even begun yet.

The only way to stop them from stealing our earnings and our healthcare is by force.

Which we are not willing to do.

21 posted on 01/05/2010 9:30:12 PM PST by roses of sharon (This is a feral government, broken from the civilizing constraints of the Constitution.)
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To: nwrep

The challengers are new blood as well and they run on two issues.

Busting up that bullet proof senate and fiscal conservatism.

They make the case that all democrats are liberals and they can point to Ben Nelson and others.

NO MORE SPENDING, MO MORE BAILOUTS and NO MORE PORK.


22 posted on 01/05/2010 9:30:19 PM PST by onyx
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To: gov_bean_ counter

But they are not smart.

They are not even close to smart.

I don’t think they have any idea what’s actually going on, or what to do about it, or if anything should be done about it. They don’t really stand for anything at all.

The GOP is just about the biggest group of mother cluckers I have ever seen in my life.


23 posted on 01/05/2010 9:30:37 PM PST by chris37
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To: bd476

It’ll be a tough retirement . With Kennedy gone, he won’t even be able to make a sandwich.


24 posted on 01/05/2010 9:31:56 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: carolina71

Peter Schiff?

“Outta here, Roy. Outta here. One time, just one time. Atta boy. Atta boy, Roy.”

“The Natural”


25 posted on 01/05/2010 9:36:09 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah." Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: bd476

Its just no longer fun making Waitress Sandwiches without ol’ Uncle Ted.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 9:38:20 PM PST by skeeter
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To: ImaTexan

ping


27 posted on 01/05/2010 9:38:26 PM PST by bjcintennessee (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
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To: madamemayhem

Looks like the the poll that came out on Ma. US senate race is already hitting the corupt marxist in the guts and they’re seeing the writing on the wall.
Wait till Jan.20 th when they find out Scott Brown has beaten Marxist Coakley.The corrupt donkeys around the nation will slitting their wrist.
Don’t forget support Scott Brown for Ted Kennedys senate seat and help drown Pelosicare.
Scott will win.


28 posted on 01/05/2010 9:38:58 PM PST by TShaunK
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To: bd476

kamakazi democrats!!! jihad on traditional america.


29 posted on 01/05/2010 9:38:58 PM PST by lonster
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To: bd476

Dorgan quitting and now maybe Dodd. The RATs are leaving the sinking ship. We should easily get Dorgan’s seat but now Dodd’s may be a bit harder to switch.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 9:39:29 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Copenhagen Climate Summit; Shovel Ready)
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To: Mike Darancette

What ticks me off is they vote for that disaterous healthcare piece of crap then blow out of Dodge. What a bunch of weasely cowards.


31 posted on 01/05/2010 9:45:30 PM PST by TShaunK
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To: bd476

This is a good move for the Democratic Party. Dodd was finished, so it makes sense to get him to ‘retire’ and clear the way for someone not associated with the current Congress.

There is still going to be the general anti-Democrat backlash to deal with, as well as the traditional off-year election backlash, but the individual “lightning rod” is out of the picture. If that moves the polls a couple points in Connecticut, it could mean the difference between a GOP pickup and a Democratic hold.

One also imagines Dodd has already secured all manner of lucrative deals for himself in exchange for his ‘retirement’.

Sigh....the U.S. Congress is looking more and more like the Politburo all the time, folks.


32 posted on 01/05/2010 9:46:01 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: combat_boots

could you please decode that “outta here, Roy” etc.


33 posted on 01/05/2010 9:47:14 PM PST by carolina71
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To: TShaunK

wish i could help the guy but my economy sucks. i will pray though, maybe that’ll help.


34 posted on 01/05/2010 9:47:30 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Falconspeed

Schiff’s donations right now are at (rounded off) $1.5 Million.

And he’s loaded himself.


35 posted on 01/05/2010 9:49:43 PM PST by carolina71
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To: bd476
My family came to Guilford and New Haven just over 400 years ago. What happened to the place that they would elect this guy to begin with I don't know.

But it suits me that he's going.

36 posted on 01/05/2010 9:49:57 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: bd476

He has stolen enough money from Countrywide and our government to live out his life.

Why are all these people retiring?


37 posted on 01/05/2010 9:50:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Just confirmed by NBC News Chuck Todd

http://hotairpundit.blogspot.com/2010/01/source-chris-dodd-expected-to-announce.html


38 posted on 01/05/2010 9:51:22 PM PST by Talkradio03 (Talkradio03)
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To: bd476

I hope he and the others understand they will still be held accountable and possibly serve jail time.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 9:52:10 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: bd476

Did he jump, or was he pushed?


40 posted on 01/05/2010 9:52:13 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: freekitty

I also hope Pelosi and Reid understand by throwing us a few lefties that are leaving office will not distract us from making sure they all leave and that includes them.

I pray that both Reid and Pelosi will serve jail sentences as well as Frank and Dodd.


41 posted on 01/05/2010 9:55:14 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: madamemayhem

I think your prayers are all Scott will need.Good things happen to good people.Take care of yourself first madamemayhem.


42 posted on 01/05/2010 9:56:10 PM PST by TShaunK
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To: carolina71; All

THANK YOU !!!!!!!! I have seen Peter Schiff before, just didn’t put the name with the “face”.

There is a 10 minute video at the link below:

http://schiffforsenate.com/?q=media/peter-schiff-was-right-2006-2007-2nd-edition

It is at the link: http://schiffforsenate.com/

The first link has the video. IMHO, watching it might be just about the best 10 minutes I’ve spent of this short year so far. It was AMAZING!!

As I watched it, I was envisioning Dodd and Schiff at their first debate.

I know why Dodd is quitting now. It’s better than having to comtemplate a totally ruined life and possible lenghthy prison sentence after just one Schiff-Dodd debate, or will my lifeless scumbag democrat body be the first of many shown on cable and You Tube after this shotgun I have in my mouth discharges.

If ANY Freepers have the time, please watch the first link video. and imagine Rahm and dear reader watching the first debate between these two.


43 posted on 01/05/2010 9:56:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Talkradio03

It looks like Hillary is up to something. Riady, her Indonesian sugardaddy according to Hannity has been back to the US this year twice. Bush had him banned.

If any of you plan or yearn for Hillary. Don’t. She comes from the same stock and from the same leaders as Obama. I wouldn’t let her near the office. She will try because she believes she is entitled. As time goes by; we are learning what Obama is carrying out were planted in the Clinton WH.

I pray that the Clintons will also be jailed.


44 posted on 01/05/2010 9:59:13 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: musicman

Your welcome !

It’s hard to get much attention some times on FR — they’re all wee-wee’d up !

PETER SCHIFF — watch the video musicman posted !


45 posted on 01/05/2010 10:02:25 PM PST by carolina71
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To: Mike Darancette
"Dorgan quitting and now maybe Dodd. The RATs are leaving the sinking ship. We should easily get Dorgan’s seat but now Dodd’s may be a bit harder to switch."

Here's another one whose seat may soon be vacant:


46 posted on 01/05/2010 10:47:54 PM PST by StormEye
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To: bd476

Something’s up....this is fishy...I don’t trust them for 1 nanosecond.....


47 posted on 01/05/2010 10:49:24 PM PST by DrewsMum (If a tax on tanning beds is not racist, then neither is a tax on Jerry Curl.....)
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To: April Lexington

Not a chance. That would imply that he posesses an ounce of decency or integrity somewhere in his pathetic soul.


48 posted on 01/05/2010 10:53:57 PM PST by Just Lori (What we have is a TOXIC government, and that aint no ASSET!!!!)
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To: DrewsMum
That photo you have of The Grand Wizard, is an old one, Byrd has not been in his seat for years, they have an old wax dummy from Madam Trousseau's(SP) wax museum they wheel in every morning, and come back a closing time and take him out. Byrd has done flew the coop
49 posted on 01/05/2010 10:55:16 PM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...
Fox News confirming the news about Dodd a few minutes ago.

Could Dodd be thinking of a run for CT governor with Jodi Rell stepping down?

Will the 'RATs will run millionaire anti-war moonbat Ned Lamont to fill Dodd's Senate seat? Or Blumenthal or Chris Murphy as the Washington ComPost suggests? Susan Bysiewicz?

This is worrisome... I think any CT Republican could've beaten Dodd, at least as things stand now.

50 posted on 01/05/2010 11:08:46 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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