December 18th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
7 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. Zion

    Dodd does need to go. Again, I am glad to be an independent because I can criticize freely without worrying about am I angering a base.

    December 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    why are Dodd and Barney not in jail ???Rangel belongs there too...Liberals at their best.

    December 18, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. ICARE

    Just make sure you dont replace him with an ELEPHANT. He'll go on sucking all the PEANUTS and you wont get a drop of anything.

    With the donkeys, at least we get a drop of leftovers. With the elephants, U WILL BE ON YOUR OWN!!!

    December 18, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Ron in California

    Dodd has questionable ethics at best. Time to go away. Along with pals Reid, Rangel, Frank, Pelosi etc. These folks have only their own personal Agenda's to promote.

    December 18, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Don in Albuquerque

    Tough to get cut off at the knees the same way you cut off millions of other Americns, ain't it Joe. If I were you I'd get used to it.

    December 18, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Charlie

    Chris Dodd is a crook. When many people suffer to lose their houses, he receives a favorable mortgage rate (1.5%) from Country wide. The funny thing is he said he thought that is a normal rate for everybody. Come on, you are the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, moron. I am also disappointed that Obama still defends him.

    December 18, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Fed Up

    Ya think???? Arrogance begets loss of job, as far as I am concerned.

    December 18, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Robin

    "Chris has had Obama in for him, Biden in for him, a lot of TV ads and they haven't moved the numbers,"

    ======================================================

    Because American's are not listening to Obama anymore and they NEVER listened to Biden. Dodd will not be reelected.

    December 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    Dodd can brush aside Ed Marcus as a has-been if he wants to, but it doesn't change the facts. Dodd is significantly behind in every poll and the reason is known. It's because of his unethical connections to Countrywide and his failure to properly protect the consumer as chair of the banking committee.

    Dodd will loose if he does not pull out. That would leave the commonwealth of Connecticut with a Republican and Joe Leibermann as their representatives in the US Senate. What a travesty!

    December 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Whalers

    Its an understatement that Dodd should go. New leadership is needed just to replace the stagnant political environment Dodd has developed.

    December 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. J.P.

    No no... please keep "Fannie/Freddie" Dodd around.

    He'll be great to use in campaign ads, as an example of what liberals do to your country's economy.

    December 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Doug

    Dodd is just one of many Democrats that will lose their seats in the upcoming elections. The country got hijacked by the progressive wing of the democratic party and the public has realized they were lied to. The "Tea Party" movement in recent polling is more popular that either the Democrats or Republicans and by a good margain. It is time to restore the country back to the principals of the constitution.

    December 18, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. sifto77

    Obama is no help because his own numbers are in the basement–when will these guys wake up and face it that voters think they are going in the wrong direction for their country?

    December 18, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Travis in Colorado

    Chris Dodd should step down, not for the good of his party, but for the good of America and American citizens. And he should take with him anyone and everyone that was responsible for the absurd amount that WE lent several companies to bail them out, and they used it for bonuses. No wonder this country is broke, we have limp wristed spineless politicians that give away money by the truck load and it bankrupts this country.

    December 18, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Anonymous

    "The poll also suggests Dodd would loose to Republicans Linda McMahohn and Tom Foley, while he would tie Sam Caligiuri and Peter Schiff." "Loose"? Really, CNN?

    December 18, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Randy

    I get sick of hearing over and over the Repubs are in with big corporations, and that the same corporations are ruining the country. The same people who believe this are typically anti-capitalism and totally against the trickle down economics of the 80's. Now lets take a look back at the almighty ones stimulus plan, that was fully supported by the Dems. Look at how the money was dispersed, did one indivudual person get a government check, or did Obama and company pass this money down through large corporations. Trickle down with government at the top. All 536 (1 Pres, 435 House, 100 Senate), are in the pockets of big corp. Our country as we knew it is gone, the people need to revolt.

    December 18, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Really, hasn't he earned enough sweetheart deals, pension/healthcare, and under the table cash? Time to let another Dem in on the benefits of being a senator.

    December 18, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. all the news that's fit to omit

    Ladies and gentlemen and liberals.... meet contestant number one, he is also target number one and skin number one.

    You liberals couldn't handle FULL power even for a year and your stupidity and greed JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICANS BEFORE YOU will get you tossed out of office real soon.

    2010 and 2012 – What a blast to se your heroes go down one by one, first on the docket, Chris Dudd and about time.

    Experiment brutally failed.

    December 18, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Reality Check

    Hey, CNN. I thought it was Country First with you people. Where is the story on our drone taking down more militants in Pakistan?

    Or, Inhofe boarding a plane at US taxpayers expense and travelling to Demark to hold a news conference in a stairwell attended by two or three foreign press types, only to turn around, reboard his plane, and fly back to the US? I'm sure the tea baggers would enjoy this story.

    How about the GOP frontrunner Palin quitting again ... her vacation in Hawaii no less ... because her incognito visor backfired on her. I'm sure her supporters would like nothing better than to have the opportunity to blame the liberal media.

    I really think that the public is just about *polled* out right about now...

    December 18, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. indy28

    Dems eat their own.

    December 18, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. unemployed by Obama and now a TPN member

    Nobody wants this traitor of the American people, it is time for this traitor and others like him to step aside and let people with INTEGRITY to the job. Show me a Democrate with Integrity and we can show you his lies and back room dealings.

    December 18, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Mike

    I agree with Mr. Markus. Mr. Dodd, along with his buddie Barney Frank, are two of the main causes of this recession. Their inappropiate interference in the loan market caused this housing problem.
    While claiming to do this for the "disadvantaged, it is clear they benifited greatly themselves. Time for both to go!!!

    December 18, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Barack reads his lies, Gov't grows, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    It's time for change for the better, change back to conservative values and a change back to what made this country unique and great, the Constitution.

    We the People will have our voice back. Currently the Senate and Dodd are ignoring our cries to kill the bill for healthcare, and they wonder why they are tanking in all the polls. It's because we DON'T WANT IT, but Senators like Dodd are trying to still shove it down our throat. You can have anyone short of Jesus to help Dodd and he will lose, as will any democrat. Put Obama up in Dodd's place and he will lose by just as much. Why because we are a free country that doesn't want to be run according to a Communist Manifesto advocated by the far left radicals of the Congress and Senate.

    We the People, will begin the long and often painful process of repealing liberal ruinous legislation of Obama, Reid and Pelosi after 2010. Sick and tired of their lies, their massive spending and the massive taxes that will be inflicted on most of us to pay for their generational theft.

    December 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Barack reads his lies, Gov't grows, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    It's time for change for the better, change back to conservative values and a change back to what made this country unique and great, the Constitution.

    We the People will have our voice back. Currently the Senate and Dodd are ignoring our cries to kill the bill for healthcare, and they wonder why they are tanking in all the polls. It's because we DON'T WANT IT, but Senators like Dodd are trying to still shove it down our throat. You can have anyone short of Jesus to help Dodd and he will lose, as will any democrat. Put Obama up in Dodd's place and he will lose by just as much. Why because we are a free country that doesn't want to be run according to a Communist Manifesto advocated by the far left radicals of the Congress and Senate.

    We the People, will begin the long and often painful process of repealing liberal ruinous legislation of Obama, Reid and Pelosi after 2010. Sick and tired of their lies, their massive spending and the massive taxes that will be inflicted on most of us to pay.

    December 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. SY

    Although not related at all to the article, it's "lose" and not "loose." Huge pet peeve that I'm shocked that CNN didn't proofread.

    "The poll also suggests Dodd would loose to Republicans Linda McMahohn and Tom Foley..."

    December 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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