March 17th, 2009
09:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Dodd targeted in St. Patrick's Day Web video

Dodd is facing a challenge from Rob Simmons.
Dodd is facing a challenge from Rob Simmons.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Christopher Dodd’s expense.

With a new Web ad out Tuesday - just one day after a prominent Connecticut Republican announced he will try to unseat Dodd in 2010 - the NRSC is hoping to further weaken the vulnerable Senate Democrat, who is of Irish descent.

Entitled “The Luck O’ The Dodd,” the animated video claims Dodd has lost touch with his constituents, in part because he owns a home in Ireland and moved to Iowa in 2007 during his failed presidential bid.

“Connecticut must not be good enough for the ol' lad,” the video’s narrator says in an Irish lilt. “The whole Dodd clan even moved to Iowa. Home sweet home! But not as sweet as his sweetheart mortgage deal from his friend Angelo Mozilo! How lucky!”

Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has seen his approval ratings tumble over the last year, thanks in part to a pair of mortgages he obtained from embattled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, which is chaired by Mozilo.

A February Quinnipiac poll indicated that only 41 percent of Connecticut voters approve of the way Dodd is handling his job, with 48 percent disapproving.

The ad says Dodd’s poll numbers “are bottoming out like a pint of Guinness.”


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Considering he is/was in bed with Fannie and Freddy I'd say there's a good chance he'll be unseated. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    March 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. John

    Wow, I would hope that ad would be amazingly offensive to any actual Irish.

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Moe, NY

    Now the Republicans/Conservatives are starting in on the Irish? Is there no end to their hatred and racism? Going after a politican is fair game in the political arena, BUT....bringing his/her heritage into the picture is pure racism. Guess these Republicans/Conservatives will never learn!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Truth Bomb Thrower

    I hope Dodd gets the boot. He is by far one of the most corrupt and deceitful politicians in congress today......and that takes some doing.

    March 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Joyce Becker

    Hey, if Senator Dodd wants to continue to represent Connecticut than I think he should maintain a residence there and live there, otherwise he should run for Senator from the state he does live in. That is only fair.

    March 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Paul

    As an American of Irish heritage, I find this kind of thing offensive. For over a century, anytime someone wanted to make an Irishman look foolish, they start talking like that Leprechaun from the 'Lucky Charms' commercials and bringing up Guinness. Just another example of the GOP, who turns to insults because they can't actually come up with anything intelligent to say.

    March 17, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Tom

    hummmmm article doesn't mention how much money Dodd has taken from the finance industry ... he makes the republicans look good

    March 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Scott, Tucson

    Dodd should be targeted for a criminal investigation for his sweetheart deal with Countrywide and his roll in the Fannie-mae Freddie-mac debacle. Guess for that to happen we would have to wait until 2013 when the next republican administration is in charge.

    March 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. A little sad

    Hey – don't mess with the Irish coalition!

    As the saying goes, an Irishman can tell to go to h*ll so that you'll look forward to the trip.

    March 17, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. phoenix86

    CNN has another article posted where Dodd suggests a tax specifically targeted at those at AIG who received bonuses. The ratioanle is, of course, their greed and incompetence.

    First, I would suggest that the real incompetence lies with congress and the dems, who forked over billions to AIG without even reading the bill. Had they done their homework (job?), they would have realized this possibility.

    Second and more importantely, beware of taxes targeted at specific individuals. This is totalitarianism at birth. Only a fool like Dodd would even consider this.

    March 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. obama lied

    Good. It's about time America woke up to one of the real reasons this country is in this mess.
    Dodd is only for Dodd. Always has been and always will be.

    March 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Steph

    I don't think it is appropriate to attack anyone based on their heritage.

    March 17, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. P. Y.

    I really don't care one way or the other about Christopher Dodd, but, can the Republicans sink no lower than to try to ruin a Great day for The Irish ". Nah ! They'll stoop as low as they can if it buys them one more vote.

    March 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Anita

    Dodd is one of the reasons our housing industry failed.....it's time for him to go as well as everyone else involved.

    March 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. worriedmom

    The investigation on Dodd needs to stop being stalled on his sweetheart deal. Now I understand that because of Dodd, the AIG bonuses are protected. He made sure of that since he is a great beneficiary of AIG. How do you Democrats defend that kind of behavior?

    March 17, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Southerner, who said "Guinness is too good a beer to be mentioned in the same sentence with ths fool."

    Indeed...Simmons should be barred from ever uttering the word or referencing such a fine beverage ever again.

    March 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Debi

    The only term limit in Congress is to vote them out.

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. John

    "Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, whats his name Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, tried and convicted in the public court for being the largest contributors to the financial mess this country is in."

    You give us Bush II, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, and Major General Miller, and let us try them before the ICC for war crimes, like ordering and encouraging torture, and violating the Geneva Conventions. Send the lot of them off to a prison term in the Hague, and you can have Dodd, Frank, Schumer, Pelosi, and Reid. I'll even throw in Murtha and Feinstein.

    I think that trade would be more then fair.

    March 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Today is also my celebration of my Irish heritage...and frankly the biggest economic crime of all times comes from the war in Irak! Americans should get pissed at the ex-president parading in Canada without allowing any Press coverage inside while he talks to 1500 people who actually pays 400.00$ to hear him...this money should be return to the people of the U.S. for his economic crime!

    March 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Rob

    John March 17th, 2009 11:51 am ET – Put your tin foil hat back on. Someday, maybe someday you'll grow up and realize you'd been fed a line of bull regarding the whole "Bush is a war criminal thing". But for now, enjoy the drugs and living in your conspiracy laced fantasy world.

    March 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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