January 6th, 2010
12:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Sen. Chris Dodd announces he won't seek re-election

(CNN) - Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill, announced Wednesday that he will not seek a sixth term in November.

Watch: Dodd says he's done

Dodd, 65, was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

He had been winning congressional elections in his state since 1974, but he's recently been considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2010. Dodd has been trailing likely Republican challengers in recent polls, even though Connecticut typically leans Democratic.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Ohio dude

    Yeah! !!!!! take Harry and Nancy with you to the funny papers...

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

    He knows that he is not going to win his re-election so why bother. The dems better pull a rabbit out of the hat because they are in for a major beat down. Why do you think they are in such a rush to get the Healthcare bill done?

    January 6, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. joe J

    The thief finally got enough booty to retire on yeyyyyy

    January 6, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Tim

    We'll miss the scumbag. Hopefully, we are given the opportunity to miss all the scumbags.

    January 6, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Tom Bachman

    I'm sure he's got enough cash from Angelo to make him comfy. Good riddance.

    January 6, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Ready for 2012

    Better to retire and leave on your own terms than be "fired" i.e. voted out of office.

    January 6, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Brad - California

    Yes, the vote trend hasn't changed... voters hate incumbent republicans just as much as they hate incumbent democrats. It's long past time that the white-haired old men of both parties get out and go back home to the states and districts that they have destroyed with their greed and self inerest.

    January 6, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Greg, MN

    This is one of the Great Leaders of The DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Who is acknowledgeing that their agenda and initiatives are so unpopular he can not be re-elected, so he is stepping aside and the DNC is hoping a new Dumbacrat will keep the seat because its "change".

    January 6, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Tia Lively

    Dodd is but one of the 58 vulnerable democraps in the senate.

    January 6, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Old Farmboy

    He's so far down in the poll's in his home state that he can't win. So, he's taken the next best thing. Don't be a loser when you can quit.

    January 6, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Well he finally did an honorable thing! Just one of many crooked Senators that will be sent home in Novenber. Hey, Reid do the same thing for the USA!

    January 6, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Mike1952

    This tick has done as all the rest. Gourged himself on the public dime and enriched himself at our expense. I ask, how else can a man from harlem own two vacation homes overseas and have 500k in his bank account as well as untold other assets? These careeer politcians all end up wealthy. The bribes and kickbacks called campaign donations and speaking fees are unethical and illegal. But they just keep on rolling in. And we, the real power in America, do nothing but blindly re-elect the crooks. It's time for term limits, Social Security, Health insurance (not the free military care they get now),and financial integrity for our congressmen and women.

    January 6, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. JK Ashburn, VA

    Dodd should be going to prison. So, I understand that since he feels he didn't do as much damage as he could of with his handling of the mortgage mess and Freddie and Fannie, that he is retiring and re-locating to Yemen where he can learn new ways to damage or destroy the US economy.

    Put him in jail where he belongs!

    January 6, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Reggie

    Running scared, He would have been trounced in his reelection bid.

    January 6, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Dodd Democrat

    Thank you for your years of service Senator Dodd.

    We're sorry to see you go and disappointed that the White House and Pelosi has chosen to turn their backs on you.

    You have served your state well and we appreciate it.

    January 6, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Dave, NE

    These rogues have to leave the senate. They have already done the major damage. Next is th Barack Obama who has to retire. We do not need such destructive persons in our Government and Senate. Go away.

    January 6, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Ben

    Not surprised the rats are deserting the sinking ship.

    January 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |

    I wish he had left before he voted to confirm and rallied support for a criminal like Samuel Alito to the supreme court because of his anti-abortion stance. I hope most of those in office leave voluntarily if they don`t understand we need big business` unskilled labor jobs so that small business` can develop around them. The economy is still sinking for the average citizen in this country but everyone wants to play politics and talk stupidity as if that helps anything

    January 6, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Not to worry, Senator Dodd, if the job prospects do not look good, then do what con Kay Bailey Hutchinson did, and unresign the resignation!

    January 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Larry

    Good riddance Dodd.

    You were elected to represent your constituents in Washington and you decided to spend your time padding your own pockets and securing political favors for Countrywide and AIG.

    Go crawl in a hole. You're an unfit human being.

    January 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. txleadhead

    An Old man once told me, "Boy, you take all the Politicians, put them in a barrel, shake them up + they all stink the same".

    January 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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