January 6th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
13 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. Matt Wilson

    The founding fathers wanted CITIZEN LEGISLATORS - not career politicians. They expected citizens to go to Washington for a term or two and then return to private work. TERM LIMITS are a must. How else do you explain Congress giving themselves better health care and pension programs than the rest of the country???

    January 6, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Dodd Democrat

    I wish he would reconsider.

    We know the White House pressured him to retire, but he has been doing great works for his state before many of these turncoats were born.

    He was a great representative and champion for his state. He has done more than most and would have continued to fight for the best interests his constituents.

    The White House has done a huge disservice to the state and themselves by pushing Senator Dodd out and throwing him under the bus.

    It's a sad day............

    January 6, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    "Proud to be a republican"? Did I read that screen name right?...LOL!!!!!

    January 6, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. barbara

    What hogwash! Why is it that REAL AMERCIANS can see the liars and crooks for who they really are and politicians are blind as bats? I really hate that they all think WE are stupid and that we will swallow any bs that comes out of their mouths.

    January 6, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Peopleagainstobama

    It's time to for all these Dems to get gone. Good bye scum bag robber of liberties.

    January 6, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Clyde Preston

    Lets connect the dots between K Street and Wall Street before
    Senator Dodd retires.

    January 6, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. sharon

    you mean leiberquest actualy had some thing nice to say???????

    what does he want ?

    he will wait for a time....then we will now.......

    never turn your back on a known enemy............

    January 6, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. TOTUS 4 President

    Joe, you are a nice man. Chris "Countrywide" Dodd, on the other hand, is pure corrupt pond scum and we say this loudly and clearly.

    January 6, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. tony dunn

    Is it worrying you Joe the stabber. The wrong man retires Joe knows very well his days in senate are numbered aswell. Take retirement Joe before you getting kicked out you hvae done much harm to public by siding with the insurance companies.

    January 6, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Unfortunately for Jowly Joe, he'll be involuntarily retiring next election cycle.

    January 6, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Felonious Monk

    and now...a new round of criminals

    January 6, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Bubble of Sanity

    On incompetent career politician complimenting another. This reminds me of the Academy Awards. Who cares about either of these clowns?

    January 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. marlene

    Please say you will go Joe, also!!!

    January 6, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Frank, Las Vegas

    “Chris Dodd has been a genuinely great Senator for our state and country, ...." Too bad we can't say the same thing about you Mr. LIEberman.

    January 6, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Felonious Monk

    We have one ruling party of about 1000 white males deciding the fate of the nation. There is no democrat or republican, just greedy white male criminalsblaiming things on each other to keep from accepting responsibility.

    January 6, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Say it ain't so.... Joe! One down.... hopefully many more to come!

    January 6, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    Dodd has been a great Senator and well respected by his peers, and they will all say that as long as he will drop out of sight, not make any waves, keep his mouth shut and not tell the world how corrupt the Congress really is, just take the insurance and banking industry's bribes and run.

    January 6, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. cubictruth

    Dodd and other Dems are running for cover now rather than later in November. The Dems know they are going to get creamed come election time. The health care bill is just plain bad, and they know it.

    January 6, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    At least his mortgage payment to Countrywide will remain very low when this sleazy crook is out of a job this November!

    January 6, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Matt

    Dodd was terrible. He was in charge of the Banking Committee that helped destroy our economy. He was also a crook that got interest-free loans from CountryWide and $160K from Fanny and Freddie. If Lieberman votes for the expensive, but useless healthcare bill, I hope he retires soon.

    January 6, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. matt

    Wow, only repub responding to this. Not one of them brave enough to post their name. Why is it that the repubs call the dems cowards? There is not one perfect senator. The republican congress for much of the last decade fought wars without paying for them, thereby coming close to bankrupting the country. The current economic disaster happened under their watchful eye. Let's stop sligning the mud and start realizing that we are all dirty regardless of the political party that we are aligned with.

    January 6, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Larry

    Get real Lieberman. I'll listen to you when you sprout a spine and take a real stance on an issue.

    Dodd was a thief and a liar. One of the most corrupt politicians in Washington. He's what's wrong with Washington. If he hadn't left on his own he would have been voted out of office.

    You're next. It's time you life-long corrupt politicians vacated Washington.

    Just to let you know the American people are paying closer attention now. We're going to vote all you corrupt politicians out of office.

    January 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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