December 18th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
9 months ago

Connecticut Dem says time for Dodd to go

As Connecticut voters remain wary of Sen. Chris Dodd, one state Democrat is openly suggesting the five-term senator abandon his re-election bid 'for the good of the party.'
As Connecticut voters remain wary of Sen. Chris Dodd, one state Democrat is openly suggesting the five-term senator abandon his re-election bid 'for the good of the party.'

(CNN) - As Connecticut voters remain wary of Sen. Chris Dodd, one state Democrat is openly suggesting the five-term senator abandon his re-election bid "for the good of the party."

"Chris has had Obama in for him, Biden in for him, a lot of TV ads and they haven't moved the numbers," former Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Ed Marcus told local television station WFSB. "Rightfully or wrongfully the perception within the voting public in Connecticut is just negative toward Chris."

A recent Quinnipiac poll suggests Dodd faces an 11-point deficit against Rob Simmons, one of several Republicans vying for the party's nomination to face Dodd. The poll also suggests Dodd would loose to Republicans Linda McMahohn and Tom Foley, while he would tie Sam Caligiuri and Peter Schiff.

Despite high-profile visits from President Obama and Vice President Biden in recent months, Dodd's numbers have barely recovered in the year since the Connecticut Democrat first took heat over his involvement in the federal bailout of a string of Wall Street banks.

Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, also faced controversy when news surfaced he had received favorable mortgage terms from now-defunct sub-prime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial. Dodd later severed his relationship with Countrywide to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

"If I were the Democratic chairman I would sit down with Chris and indicate to him that for the good of the party he should withdraw… he is going to be a drag on the ticket," Marcus also said.

A Connecticut Democrat tells CNN the comments are the result of ongoing sour grapes between the two men after Dodd tried to oust Marcus as party chair almost 10 years ago.

Dodd campaign manager Jay Howser brushed aside Marcus as a "bitter has-been" whose opinions have no relevance.

"Ed who? To be honest, it's embarrassing for Ed Marcus that he's still holding a grudge against Senator Dodd based his own ineptitude as State Party Chair nearly a decade ago," Howser said. "Ed's judgment in the past has been questionable at best, and he's in no place to be playing judge and jury with anyone."


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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. ICARE

    To Reality Check

    Drones in Pakistan? We're too busy painting caves at the cost of 2 trillion dollars. Osama is sure one expensive man. He cost us both Iraq and Afghan and Pakistan..

    December 18, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. ICARE

    God help us!!! Please, please, no peanut-eating elephants.... pick someone else.....

    December 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Joe M

    Chris Dodd, Obozo, and the whole Democratic Party, Pelosi, Reid and this whole band of thugs need to go.

    It is like peeling on onion, the more layers you remove the more of a stink you get and you want to cry even more..

    December 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. rebekah

    @Eddie,

    Why would you say that? Our President hasn't put us in a war, hasn't tortured anyone, lied about WOMD
    Good grief, what is it with you Obama haters, the GOP has really done a number on Americans, because they are now afraid of everything! Some of these people don't expect the same type of health care as our politicians or heaven forbid have to help their neighbor or someone less fortunate. Don't want to pay taxes oh..and by all means don't charge the big businesses or corporations taxes they'll take jobs away! Hello, the rest of the world LIVES on less than $2 a day! Businesses are raking in the dough paying $1.00 an hour! No amount of tax breaks can compete with that!

    December 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Dee

    Color him GONE along with a bunch of other liberals who have taken this country in one year to the brink of financial collapse. Dodd can certainly be used as one of the poster boys. No sense whatsoever. Remember when he enrolled his kindergarten child in a school in Iowa during the primary? How stupid is that? For decisions like that we put HIM in charge of banking? He's one and I hope Barney goes with him. If Massachusetts actually gets rid of Barney, I'll believe the sky is falling. Biden helping out? This guy couldn't get 1% of the vote in his primary run for President. Who is going to listen to him other than the brain-dead liberals? November 2010 is shaping up to be my favorite month.

    December 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. barb

    Dodd, along with a few dozen more, need to leave. House cleaning is needed in D.C. and this includes those currently occupying it.

    December 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. mark

    Take barney with you!

    December 18, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Laura, Boston

    Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman are both senators from CT. I think CT voters can change the make-up of the do nothing Senate. Let's see the dems were voted in in 2006 (started serving in 2007) it is now almost 2010. What really have they done....nothing!!!

    So if CT voters vote Republican or Independant that would change the make-up of the senate dramatically and maybe the white house and Congress would really have to work together in a bi-partisan manner to get things accomplished.

    December 18, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Chip Pierce

    As an Independent, I'll say that anyone working in Congress this long is part of the problem, not the solution.

    December 18, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    Franken is great shutting down the meally mouth double talking Leiberman. I never could stand his rambling and mumbling as he droned on in his whimpy style. JUst because they've been there for ever they think they can break or abuse the rules. We need more sharp witted new blood in the Congress/Senate like Franken.
    Move out the old yellow dogs like Leiberman, Mitchell, Ensign, Coryn, and yes, maybe even Dodd.

    December 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    Clearly its time for America to flush this progressively spending repugnant Congress..

    December 18, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    Of course they do. These lying, treasonous thugs are out shaking down everyone in the country. Wait until you libertards see what happens on April 15th this year. The TEA parties will be so numerous, even CNN will notice.

    December 18, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Albo58

    By "go", does the writer mean "to jail"? It's about time this thief was incarcerated!

    December 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. casper

    i would take dodd over nancy pelosi any day. and they are both crooked as h-e [double] l-l hockey sticks. its a shame.there should be a 12 yr. term limit on these people.

    December 18, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. John D.

    You can only LIE and CHEAT so many times before people really get fed up and Dodds at the limit and rightfully so. Charges need to be filed against him and he needs to spend some time in the big house. Let the boys in there have some quality time with him. The house in Ireland needs to be confiscated by the government as well.

    December 18, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Mr. Dodd ... please take Mr. Liebermann with you!

    December 18, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. rdinero

    It is about time they put all this rotten flounder out to pasture...enough of these whithared old idiots!

    December 18, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. rdinero

    givem hell sawtooth! We need more brownblood in da Sinate!!!

    December 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Pat

    Good luck with Senate elections CT. Try to get this crook out. I am very impressed with Peter Schiff. He seems to be a principled and intellegent choice. Anywho, not my state not my concern.

    December 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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