August 28th, 2007
05:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Firefighters union to endorse Dodd

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


Filed under: Chris Dodd
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  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Who? I didn't even know this guy was in the race. Ohhh...Dodd – one of the 2nd tier candidates.

    I wonder if the firemen know CPR and can resurrect his campaign?

    August 28, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Betty, Modesto CA

    Dodd needs all the help he can get. His botched plan to frame the national GOP by burglarizing his own office was overshadowed by the Gonzales resignation, so he's desperate for anything to make him relevant in this campaign.

    August 28, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. James Atlanta, GA

    Interesting. Could this be a clue to which PAC funded the smeer campaign launched by the fire fighters union against Giuliani?

    August 28, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Steve, Howard Beach, NY

    The International Association of Firefighters is a liberal/socialist union that has NEVER backed a Republican candidate for president. If you think this union speaks for any firefighters, let alone NYC firefighters, you are out of your mind.

    August 29, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  5. lewis medlock, akron ohio

    steve in howard beach:
    dont whine, get involved.
    ps....IAFF member here, and the IAFF DOES INDEED "SPEAK FOR ME"
    And a bunch of other folks as well.

    August 29, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. David, Salinas, CA

    Steve of Howard Beach, NY writes: “If you think this union speaks for any firefighters, let alone NYC firefighters, you are out of your mind.”

    So you’re saying an organization composed entirely of firefighters, which exists for the explicit purpose of representing firefighters, doesn’t speak for firefighters, but you do?

    I’m not sure we’re the ones who need mental help, Steve.

    Watch the video and let the real heroes of 9/11 speak for themselves.

    August 29, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Matt, Chico, CA

    The IAFF really needs to quit endorsing Democrats who don't really care about First Responders and Public Safety. The IAFF certainly doesn't speak for me, just because it is made up of Firefighters doesn't mean it speaks for Firefighters, it speaks for its members, which I am not.

    August 29, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By Betty, Modesto CA: "Dodd needs all the help he can get. His botched plan to frame the national GOP by burglarizing his own office was overshadowed by the Gonzales resignation, so he's desperate for anything to make him relevant in this campaign."

    Some people just spew the most ignorant comments based on absolutely no truth at all. Do yourself a favor next time you go to post something Betty. Engage your brain first.

    "A 48-year-old drifter who served more than a decade in prison for manslaughter was arrested Monday and charged with the weekend burglary of U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd's office in downtown Hartford.

    Police said the suspect was looking for items he could sell to feed his drug habit and probably was unaware he was breaking into the office of a senator who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination."

    August 29, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Skel, San Francisco, CA

    Well, okay. It won't help him, but okay. Who is he and why is he running? I don't get the joke.

    August 30, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Emmy

    Chris Dodd: I made a mistake
    Responding to a question, Christopher Dodd says he made a mistake voting in support of the war in Iraq.

    January 2, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |