January 6th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Lieberman responds to Dodd's retirement

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, Chris Dodd's fellow Connecticut senator, issued a statement hailing Dodd's retirement as the end of a "remarkable era of service in the Senate."

Full statement:

“Chris Dodd has been a genuinely great Senator for our state and country, and a close and valued friend and colleague for me. His retirement ends a remarkable era of service in the Senate by two generations of the Dodd family, beginning with his father Tom who was elected more than a half century ago in 1958.

“Chris Dodd has been an unusually skillful and productive legislator and leaves a great legacy of accomplishment that has improved the lives of millions of American families and children. I am sad for our state and country, and for myself frankly, that Chris is leaving the Senate but I am happy for his family that he will have more time to spend with them now. And I know that his service to America and our friendship will continue in different ways in the years ahead.

“Senator Chris Dodd will leave the Senate in January 2011 with the knowledge that he has made a difference that will last in the lives of his constituents and his country. For that, we are all grateful.”

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Connecticut • Joe Lieberman • Senate
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Chris, Montreal

    More room of manoeuvre for the Republican Trojan Horse Joe Lieberman.

    January 6, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. tim

    I'm glad Dodd is leaving. Maybe we can get a financial/banking regulation bill through congress that has teeth and protects the middle

    January 6, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. nsh

    Its about time 4 u 2 retire Joe!

    January 6, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. two deadbeats down; 58 more to go

    Come on Joe, join your friend Chris in retirement .... the insurance lobby and the Jewish lobby who have supported you for these past 20 years will take care of you in retirement

    January 6, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Eric

    Sen Dodd benefitted from one too many sweetheart deals from the banking industry (e.g. his own mortgage loan rate). Too bad he does not have the nerve to run in a tight race for re-election. He can't stand the possibility of losing his seat, so he retires. He should be forced to use the health care plan that he and his colleagues are pushing upon the average American citizen. Way to go, Chris!

    January 6, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Real American

    Good riddance, Chris Dodd blackened his otherwise productive career with the Wall Street bonus scandal – he will never be forgiven for this. Thanks for including Judas Joe's laudatory comments, time for you to go next Joe.

    January 6, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Frank

    Chris Dodd is not perfect and by no means was a perfect Senator but he will probably be replaced by one of those narrow-minded, ultra conservative, negative thinking, reactionary dingbats from the other Party. Too bad for Connecticut.

    That's politics!!

    January 6, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Real American

    Gosh Senator Dodd, both Democrats and Republicans seem to hate you. Thanks for bringing this rare display of national unity.

    January 6, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. George

    Joe should be right behind him.

    January 6, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Susan

    I wish Chris Dodd would take Lieberman with him. Why doesn't that whining moron just go away. His statement is just nauseating. Woody Allen said it best, "Politicians are one rung below child molesters."

    January 6, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. sara

    GOOD LUCK SENATOR.... YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE WITH GRACE, HEART AND CONVICTION. Good luck Senator Dodd, God bless you and your family.

    The "NO" men Do NOT have a chance with a new bred of Democrats. America is sick of these draft-dodging, anti-americans, unpatriotic, self-serving idiots that sleep around with their friend's wives and belong to secret clubs that promotes death of homosexuals in another country...Africa. If their thinking is such........where is the morality and who died and left them in charge of it, when it is obvious they don't have any. The Crooks were the ones VOTED out last year. REMEMBER!!!

    January 6, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. The Other Michael in Houston

    All of you, Demowussies and Restupidlicans need to get out and we need to elect some folks that actually care about the country versus Wall Street. Good riddens Dodd

    January 6, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    John McCain is the biggest crook of all and should have been gone long ago.

    January 6, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Confused

    Hey Republicans, you realize that he will be replaced with the Connecticut State Attorney General, A DEMOCRAT?
    I say this with certainty because Dodd would have been very lucky to win his election, but Blumenthal would have to be VERY VERY unlucky to lose his.
    It is no longer a 'senate race to watch'.

    January 6, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. LetsGetReal

    If he had any backbone, he would have left the voters of Connecticut decide his fate in the primary in May. Even by retirring, you are still not going out on top.

    January 6, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. mjm

    Yeah, Dodd really knocked it out of the park with Fannie and Freddie....not to mention TARP. That's why his state can't wait to vote him out….because he is SOOOO good.

    January 6, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Tia Lively

    Dod's accomplishments during the last couple years certainly will leave a mark on future generations: failed policy on financials; failed "healthcare reform"; increased taxes on every American; inflation due to overextension of government interference in business, etc, etc.

    January 6, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Obama Mama

    And then Lieberman will be whispering behind his back when he leaves. Lieberman is a jerk and he should consider leaving. It would be a great day in America when he puts in his resignation. This guy is like a ticking hemorrhoid

    January 6, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. alphonso

    i think karl rove and dick morris should get marry creeps they deserve each other!

    January 6, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Jo-Ann, uniondale, ny

    Good Luck Senator Dodd.....your 30 years in service to your country is appreciated....

    and to 'obama is a liar"....how many times did Bush & Cheney lie to americans!!!

    January 6, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. DJ

    Ummm.... Joe needs to bounce too... I am a democrat and think these old timers are too slow for the party...

    January 6, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. bigboxes

    Join your friend Lieberman.

    January 6, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Justen

    bye bye supermajority!

    January 6, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. JA/TN

    Lieberman should follow suit

    January 6, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. aware

    Good joke Joe! 🙂

    January 6, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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