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. Voter08

    Get rid of all Dem's in the Hill right now.

    Replace with 65 new Dem's who have guts to do something rather than giving in to the GOP.

    Dem's are stupid and whimpy bunch of morons. Look at the GOP for the example. They are solidly united for right or wrong.

    December 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. tom

    Hi Alex Mooney. You describe Dodd as 'loosing' the election when it is actually called 'losing' . Who proof reads your blogs for CNN?

    December 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Perusing-through

    DODD IS NO WHERE AS DISGUSTING AS LIEBERMAN, , , , so what is with the Democrats in Connecticut.

    Nearly all Democrats and Republicans strongly suspect Lieberman's blockage of health-coverage for the middle-class is because the Health Insurance industry is bank-rolling Lieberman's Senate seat against 70% of Connecticut voters who want some sort of public option. Yet, as reported in this article Connecticut Democrats wants to dump Dodd, who is a far stronger supporter of health coverage than flip-flopping hypocrite "Joe the Jerk" Lieberman? What's up with that?

    December 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Leona Victors (Emenyonu)

    Senator Dodd is a great man. He is for the common man, I can personally attest to that. Forgot about his mistake, just look at the whole man and his character. Like late Senator Kennedy, they represent those who cannot defend themselves.
    Come January I will start my grassroot campaign with my family, my friends and others like I have done in the past and Senator Dodd will win with flying colors. His name is in the Golden Book of Guiness for those who helped mankind especially the underserved. My Lord will see him through and you all should watrch
    Leona (Victors) Emenyonu

    December 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Joe

    Dodd is creepy!

    December 18, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Perusing-through

    Of the two Connecticut Senators, Dodd vs. Lieberman; I pick Dodd hands-down!

    December 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Bill Wright

    Time has already passed for him to get the he** out as well as the rest of the commies in D.C. like (NP) (HR) (BF) and of course (BHO).

    They have done more damage to this country in less time then any congress , EVER! They need to resign and get the he** out of the way so the free market can heal our battered country.

    December 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Mike Syracuse, NY

    The banking and mortgage mess happened on Dodd's watch. You libs blamed Bush, when in fact it was the Democrats in Congress that forced banks to make politically correct loans to those who's incomes showed they couldn't otherwise qualify. Time to clean house. Dodd, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel and all the other Democrats who failed in their oversight role need to go.

    December 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Steve

    3RD PARAGRAPH... LOOSE??? or LOSE? or LOSER.

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

    December 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    If ANYBODY deserves to get tossed out of office it is Chris Dodd! He's just one in a LOONG list of corrupt Democrats that will be getting the boot in the next election.

    If America is going to survive, then these corrupt politicians MUST GO!

    December 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. sniffit

    Take uhbama, pelosi, frank and reid with you.

    December 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Weenie Brown

    If we could get more republicans elected, we could have more wars, and that would help our unemployment.

    December 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Time for Dodds to go to jail.

    December 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. John Anthony Castro

    Senator Chris Dodd has served his country honorably, but he went to far over the years by passing pro-banking legislation followed by sweet mortgage deals from the same banks among other things. His judgment was corrupted by personal materialistic needs over the past few years, and because of that, he must be replaced for the good of the country.

    This is an Independent's view of the Honorable Senator Chris Dodd.

    December 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. www.circleparkforum.com

    Chris Dodd's done.

    Open primary!

    Ned Lamont for US Senator from CT 2010!

    December 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Ben Straub

    We need Schiff in the Senate to counter the out-of-control spenders.

    December 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Chance-CT

    Chris Dodd (D-CT), Barney (D-MA) and Rangel (D-NY) should go in jail.

    December 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Franken vs Lieberman...

    Insults..insults thrown against Liberman by th DEMS Joe is an Independant and so don't vote with the Dems...it's a bad-bad bill to begin with....Yes, its time for Dodd to go...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Rodney Bliss

    The author said, ". . . Dodd would loose to Republicans . . ."

    It passed the spell checker, but the word you were looking for is "lose."

    December 18, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Ranjit

    I do hope Sen. Chris Dodd will not listen to these whiners. We want him there and it will be an icing on the cake for the conservatives in 2010. Already, New Jersey is not blue anymore. Next few targets will be New York, Connecticut and California.

    December 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    NO !,its time for all blue dogs to go.

    December 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Annie

    More so, I think it's time for Republicans to go.

    December 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Dora

    Dodd's snout has been in the government slop trough long enough!!

    All the incumbent democrats need to get real jobs. Join Tom Daschel and greet people as they enter Walmart. Or learn how to cook french fries.

    December 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Liberla wingnut

    Its time for Pelosi and Obama to go.

    December 18, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. diridi

    Before this dude, Joe Leiberman, the idiot should go...ok

    December 18, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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