September 17th, 2009
11:40 AM ET
13 years ago

Former Ron Paul advisor enters CT Senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Peter Schiff is running for Sen. Chris Dodd's Senate seat."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Connecticut Republican Peter Schiff formally announced his intent to run for Sen. Chris Dodd's Senate seat Thursday - the fifth GOP candidate to enter the race.

The former economic advisor to Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign has already raised more than $1,000,000 according to his campaign.

"I plan to bring my dedication and experience to the taxpayers of Connecticut," Schiff says in a statement on his website. "I may make mistakes in this campaign-but I will not make mistakes in representing you in the Senate. I look forward to an exciting race where I can share my vision with the people of Connecticut."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee mocked the pool of Republican candidates Thursday.

"The Republican show in Connecticut could give the Ringling Brothers a run for their money," DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz said in a statement. "Meanwhile the people of Connecticut will be watching Chris Dodd build on his record of delivering everyday for his state.”

The latest Quinnipiac University poll has Sen. Dodd's approval ratings improving throughout the state, with 43 percent of those polled saying they approve of his job performance, up 10 points from April.

Schiff is set to face off against co-founder and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon, former Rep. Rob Simmons, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, and state Sen. Sam Caliguiri in the Republican primary.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. debra

    Good someone I can actually vote for!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. TCM

    with the corruption Dodd has fostered, especially the mortgage meltdown he and OBama received kickbacks from....heck, even an idiot like Michael Moore could beat him.....

    The American people are center-right, more conservative...than liberal....both sides of the aisle will be emptied of liberals in 2010. Even the RINOS will suffer

    September 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Ron

    If there is anyone that needs to be replaced in Congress it is Dodd. Republican or Democrat, it doesn't matter. Just get this lying sack of poop out of there.

    September 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Roger

    The guy doesn't stand a chance McMahon's old lady will wipe him out.

    September 17, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. stevegee

    Dodd is the poster child for Term Limits. Throughout his career, he has abused the power that comes from being a U.S. Senator.

    So long sweetheart (mortage deal)!

    September 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    Oh God...NOT Paul's associates! Keep Dodd by all means!!!!

    September 17, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    Meanwhile the people of Connecticut will be watching Chris Dodd build on his record of delivering everyday for his state.”............ this statement is enough to make me puke. Dodd helped deliver a financial mess we are still trying to get out from under in this country.

    September 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. JerseyMike

    connecticut needs to wake up to what Dodd is doing. How are his poll numbers improving when the countrywide scandal got swept under the rug by his buddies.

    Schiff is the economic adviser who correctly predicted the housing collapse and tried to save us from it. This man needs to be in the Senate starting January 2011. In fact they need him sooner than that.

    SCHIFF IN 2010. I'd consider moving to connecticut too but I need to save NJ from another 4 years of Corzine and his cronies.

    September 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Darryl Schmitz

    The mocking attitude made clear by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee statement is emblematic of the arrogant attittude of imperial entitlement that the establishment squatters in Washington DC – from BOTH of the major parties – have toward someone from outside the Beltway daring to aspire to make the US Senate a place accountable to the People once again.

    September 17, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Moderate Democrat

    Ron Paul isn't too bad. He seems a fairly good guy. Not sure about his staff though, Ron didn't do too good after all. There must be something somewhere that was wrong with his staff and handlers. I would personally think 'advisor' might be a good place to start looking for the failure.

    September 17, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. JerseyMike

    forget Senator. We need this guy to be President!!

    September 17, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Jimmy the Greek

    Chris Dodd is the poster-boy of DC Corruption. Only Conn Dems would vote for this Con.

    September 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina


    It's about time some common sense was introduced into the Senate!

    September 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. carlos, that one

    Sen, Dodd will win in spite of the lunatic, hateful and ignorant repugnants-that's why they are called REPUGNANTS......check the dictionary, educate yourselves ditto heads

    September 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. yuri

    Dodd! Do not dare let us down! You can do it, dude!

    September 17, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Lets keep Dodd, the others are more of the 8 years that we are
    climbing out of. Bank failures, bogus wars, and racial profiling
    this is the New Republican Regime! Not to mention the Bogus
    Judicial system with Bush and Gonzales. Northerners are
    not airheads like south carolina full of corruption to the day!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. J.P.

    Ah, yes... Chris "Sub-prime Fannie" Dodd.

    Buh bye, Chris.

    September 17, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |

    time for dodd to retire to his "cottage" in Ireland.

    September 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Idiot_Pelosi

    Bye Bye DODD.

    No more special treatment, special Home Loans, PORK, etc.

    September 17, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. PK

    Schiff is famous for predicting the meltdown. While he was sounding the alarm bell Paul Krugman was advocating expansion of the housing bubble. Sadly, it's the economists who were blindsided by (and in some cases contributed to) the meltdown who get the most attention by both the media and Obama.

    September 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. gt

    dodd is a sorry corrupt politician....anybody ,,new blood...

    September 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Need to kick Chris the crook out.

    September 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Anarchy X

    I'm voting for Mrs. McMahon (Vince's wife, the WWE owners) and hoping for a "Hell In A Cell" match between her and Pelosi. Or heck, McMahon vs. Harry Reid would be fine, too. I'd pick Mrs. McMahon over that dried up liberal blow hard any day!

    I'm telling you, a wrestling angle will at LEAST make this race interesting.

    September 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Jayden,FL

    I'm sure somehow Sen Dodd will be re-elected.. I'm a Democrat and I don't like Dodd

    September 17, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. DougDC

    Tell us Debra, what do you know about this guy, other than his stated association with Ron Paul?

    September 17, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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