January 6th, 2010
08:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Blumenthal to run for Dodd's seat

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will announce Wednesday that he'll run for Sen. Chris Dodd's seat.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will announce Wednesday that he'll run for Sen. Chris Dodd's seat.

(CNN) – Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will announce Wednesday that he'll run for Sen. Chris Dodd's seat, a highly placed Connecticut Democrat tells CNN.

Blumenthal is expected to announce his bid for Senate at a news conference at Connecticut Democratic Party headquarters in Hartford Wednesday afternoon.'

Dodd, a five term Democratic senator, plans to announce his retirement Wednesday, two sources close to the lawmaker told CNN. He plans to announce the decision at a news conference just two and half hours before Blumenthal's scheduled event. Dodd, 65, had been considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2010.

The 63-year-old Blumenthal has been Connecticut's attorney general since 1990 and served in the state legislature from 1984 to 1990.


Filed under: Chris Dodd • Connecticut • Richard Blumenthal • Senate
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    There it is again!!! THE SPEAKING FIST!!! Could these people be MORE like cardboard cutouts? Seriously, I bet if he turned sideways he fall through a crack in the floorboards.

    BTW, CNN, you failed to mention what this particular cartoon character's party affiliation is.

    January 6, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. 12970

    Dodd was a clod, the Senate will be better without him. If Connecticut voters really want to make a difference they should abandon career politicians and vote for Peter Schiff. His understanding of the economic malaise would greatly benefit Connecticut, our country and the Senate. I only wish I had a quality candidate running in my state.

    January 6, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. gt

    best move yet,,dodd was the worest kind of crook...

    January 6, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. vic nashville , Tn

    I appreciate Chris Dodd’s decision we need pass the law maximum 3 term for senators

    January 6, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. democratsruinwhattheytouch

    Connecticut, a state controlled by corrupt unions and as a result one of the most heavily taxed, will go for the Democrat because the NEA has dumbed them down so much they fall for the Obama crap.

    January 6, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. ran

    The Republicans are in for a rude awakening in 2010/2012 when they lose big time by continuing the fear/hate/purist/obstructionism card.

    People vote for either a true democrat,not a blue dog type, or an Independent not for a single Republican. We want our elected officials to work for the people not for the special interest groups and not obstruct every thing good for the country.

    January 6, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Lisa in Shelton

    Good man; good choice – I'd vote for him

    January 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Lisa in Shelton

    now if we can just get Leiberman to go away.

    January 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. alphonso

    finally dodd made a smart choice for a change.this is a slam dunk victory for the dems.they will hang on to the seat.i hope the repub put all their money in this race it will be a waste of money!

    January 6, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Sniffit

    good to see the "been there too long to serve" crowd start to crumble

    next up.........Lehey, Sanders, etc.........

    vote them all out

    the crummy part here is that Dodd / congress have not fixed the banking mess, to this could delay things which are really needed not this health care disaster thing...........Rome fell in pretty much the same way

    funny how history repetes its self

    January 6, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    ANYONE is better then Dodd.

    He and Barney Frank created, coerced, continued, and werre 100% responsible for the Entire mortgage and banking collapse.

    He never took responsibility and he always blamed others even when he received his sweetheart deals from Country Wide. The Guy should be going to jail for bribery, pandering, and lying.

    He is a crook and a criminal. Maybe the AG if he wins will be more honest and intelligent.

    January 6, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Enough

    Dodd has NO choice but to retire, he knows he is out either way. The Democrats are dropping like flies, they know we don't want this health care disaster and yet they are shoving it through.

    January 6, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. concerned voter

    I'm from CT and even though I'm saddened to see Dodd go, I know his bid again would have been tough and may not be worth the risk, aspecially with such a hardlined party of no looking to sabotage the president's term. I'm excited from Blumenthal.

    January 6, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. jeff jackson, alabama

    Just what America needs,
    another darn lawyer in Wash. D.C.
    We need to elect people who have
    worked for a living at some point
    in their lives !!!

    January 6, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Rodney Tietz

    throw this bum out, he's already served the people for umteen years , let's get some good fresh blood in this office, he already knows the way in getting his wealth from the system.

    January 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Susan

    Richard Blumenthal has been a great advocate for good in CT. Great news!! Go go go!!

    January 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Tony

    He's either retiring because he's amassed so much wealth from the insurance companies that he never has to work again or he really is just sick of the way politics is played out in the government. I honestly don't see how any of them can do it without having inner turmoil since most if not all of them consistently compromise their morals. Sadly, Senator Dodd did accomplish many things and it's too bad he's leaving. But such is life.

    January 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. John D.

    Democrats are dropping like flies because they realize that all the screwing America is coming back to bite them in the ass. THEY are the party of LIARS, THIEVES and CON-MEN.

    January 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    OUT with the old – IN with the new!!

    January 6, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. stevegee

    Dodd's not running for re-election because he knows he would suffer a humiliating loss. And by stepping aside he'll likely never be held accountable for his decades of corruption.

    Good riddance!

    January 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. robwestchester

    A headline I would like to see: Joe Lieberman announces retirement.

    January 6, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Would seem that the events unfolding in Hartford have been "Rahm'ed" through the Conn. Dem delegation. If anyone doesn't see the White House's fingerprints all over this race now, I have a bridge across the Hudson I can let you have cheap.

    January 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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