Dodd is set to get a big endorsement.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – CNN has learned that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd’s candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination will receive a boost in the form of an endorsement from the International Association of Firefighters.
The Association will endorse the presidential hopeful at a press conference on Wednesday in Washington.
Dodd, the author of both the FIRE (Fire Investment and Response Enhancement) and SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) acts, was warmly received at the firefighter union’s presidential forum in March. Both pieces of legislation have been responsible for supplying additional federal funds to firefighting units across the country.
The union has had a particularly contentious relationship with Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. While the former New York City mayor is often lauded for his leadership in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the union’s leaders have argued that he mishandled the search-and-recovery effort at Manhattan’s “Ground Zero.”
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart