[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/20/art.getty.chris.dodd.jpg caption="Chris Dodd is seeking a sixth term in 2010, but recent polling indicates he could face a tough re-election."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Connecticut Republicans are hoping to cash in over the outrage of Sen. Christopher Dodd's involvement in the AIG bonus controversy.
The Connecticut Republican Party sent out two national fundraising solicitations Friday highlighting Dodd's political contributions from the embattled insurance giant, as well as his admission in signing off on legislative language to allow companies receiving federal assistance to honor bonuses.
"We are working hard to hold Chris Dodd accountable, but we need your help to continue," Chris Healy, chairman of the state GOP, wrote in the email sent to subscribers of two conservative on-line publications: Human Events and GOPUSA.
Dodd is seeking a sixth term in 2010, but recent polling indicates he could face a tough re-election. Former Republican Rep. Rob Simmons has announced he will challenge Dodd next year.
Healy told CNN in an interview that it was a strategic decision to issue a national appeal, because Dodd is a known figure and people are angry about the AIG bonuses.
"We have got to let them know where to come to help out," Healy said.