January 6th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Recent controversies overshadow Chris Dodd's career

(CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd's announcement that he is retiring follows an illustrious career, but one that has recently been overshadowed by controversies, political woes and personal tragedies.

"I love my job as your senator. I always have, still do. However, this past year has raised some challenges that insisted I take stock of my life," the Democratic senator said in front of his Connecticut home Wednesday.

During this session of Congress, Dodd was at the center of what he called the "two most important issues of our time": health care and financial reform.

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  1. Fooled Again

    I think Dodd is confident he has done his best to ensure that the damage he's done is unrepairable now. Mission accomplished

    January 6, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Trent

    I like Dodd....he's not a Republican. . . what's so bad????

    January 6, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Ruin economy-Check , Pass worthless heath care bill that damages America and helps no one but unions and goverment officials-Check. Get sweet contract deals for wife and mortgage-Check. Time to retire with great benefits and health care for life. America VS Dodd = America loses.

    January 6, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. SLM

    A career that has gone on far too long. Good riddance crook.

    January 6, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit


    The guy is a liar a cheat, and a thief.

    He created the entire mortgage problem..

    He and Barney Frank and I quote " the republicans would love to say the sky is falling, they are a bunch of chicken littles...NOTHING is wrong with the mortgage and housing market... Freddie and Fannie are totally healthy..."

    REALLY. You liars created the problem and blame everyone else. It was on YOUR watch. You voted any changes DOWN. You said no to then treasury secretary and the Fed Chairman. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE..... Do as I say not as I do.

    Goodbye Chris Dodd you LIAR. BARACK is soon to follow.

    January 6, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Pat, TN

    I lived over 30 years in Ct and saw all the good work Chris Dodd did for the state.

    Thank you Senator Dodd. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!

    January 6, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. ib

    Glad to see him go; need others to go so we can undo the damage of healthcare rationing and cap & trade.

    January 6, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Joan

    The only people who are making some of the issues of the last couple of years more important than the decades of service he has given his country are Republicans. How dare they accuse him of financial misdealings when everyone knows VP Cheney and Haliburton made billions of dollars on contracts in Iraq. Every time you point your finger and critcize someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you. The Republicans seem to have conveniently forgotten that.

    January 6, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. German,Irish American

    After playing a major role in the economic collapse of the US, the Government takeover of 1/6th of the economy, he has one more chance at destruction of the US with the cap and tax bill coming up. 2001 can't come fast enough.

    January 6, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. German,Irish American

    Sorry, meant 2011.

    January 6, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. C Breeze

    Christopher Dodd is an opportunist, a liar and a thief who along with Barney Frank is largely responsible for the housing "bubble" by pressing for mortgages for "entitlement" recipients who had no way or means to pay those mortgages foisted upon then by Dodd, Frank and other Democrats pandering for vote from the "entitlement" class.....which is also why Lib/Dems are pushing for amnesty for ILLEGAL aliens....cheap votes. May all of these manipulating Democratic politicians be chased out of office and go straight to hell. Bring back "tar & feathers"..If it was good enough for the Colonists to keep politicians and scoundrels on the straight and narrow, it should work well today too !!!!!!!

    January 6, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Sue

    Dodd is one of MANY corrupt, criminal Democrats who should be sent to the unemployment lines-–beginning with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

    Based on recent national polls-–Harry Reid and Blanche Lincoln are going to lose their seats as well.

    Who knows how many more.

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in 2010!!!

    January 6, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Thomas J. & Alma Turney

    The best thing for America is to get rid of Dodd.. From the information about him, he should have been bounced in the last election......But wait!!!...Talk to anyone on the street and you find little to no respect for these polititian crooks of today .....Loop Holes......Financial scandal... and then we have the Secretary of the Treasury who is a crook....didn't pay his taxes and then you have Janet N....Says, "Everything went well"....Nearly lost a plane full of innocent American passengers.

    I'm a retired state trooper and how can she be heading up the Dept of National Security......one who knows nothing about the security of the American people....just another political hack.... She should be removed from that office....Sorry to say that, there is little to no respect for these croonies that Obama has put in his cabinet....I'm a former WWII Vet spending nearly a year on Okinawa in 1945...Readied for the invasion of Japan and the bomb was dropped....
    Tom Turney <
    We did not have all this turmoil that we have today in America..

    January 6, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. USN

    Fannie and freddy will copensate him quite well. after all, obama has raised their ceiling to unlimited tax payer dipping.

    January 6, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |