Sen Chris Dodd not running for 6th term

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    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Christopher Dodd announced Wednesday afternoon that he will not seek re-election in 2010.

    Dodd made the announcement alongside his wife and two daughters from outside his East Haddam home at noon to make the announcement.

    Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told Eyewitness News that he will seek to replace Dodd in the U.S. Senate. Blumenthal told Eyewitness News he planned to make his announcement Wednesday afternoon. He said his formal campaign will kick off later in the month.

    "I admire and respect his extraordinary decades of public service to Connecticut and to the nation. Dodd's career has been uniquely dedicated and distinguished. I value his public service and his friendship," Blumenthal said.

    The 63-year-old Blumenthal has been Connecticut's attorney general since 1990 and served in the state legislature from 1984 to 1990.

    The Greenwich resident also served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Abraham Ribicoff and an aide to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Moycnihan, when Moynihan was assistant to the president.

    The White House has been lending strong support to Dodd, whose approval ratings plunged in wake of the nation's financial meltdown and questions about mortgages he received in a VIP program. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed him vulnerable to losing his seat even to some relatively unknown candidates.

    According to a recent poll from Quinnipiac University, Dodd trailed behind Republican opponents Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff. The same poll showed Dodd losing a quarter of Democratic voters to challenger Merrick Alpert.
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    So now we have 3 Dems. Senators who are quitting and 7 Reps. who are retiring. Correct?

    This is good. The banking lobby lost a good friend today.
     
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    Dodd's sweetheart banking deals is what lead to his downfall. His numbers have been plummeting.
     
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    He'll just get replaced with another ass, just like all the rest of these people retiring.
     
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    He'll never quit, just do whats in his best interest.
     
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    You just named every politician in existence.
     
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    Some do get actual good done, we can't just dismiss every good actions taken.
     
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    They may have good intentions at the beginning but when they stay for decades their egos take over.
     
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    There's already a thread on this. Blumenthal holds a good size lead over the Republican candidates.
     
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    Dodd was losing major ground with his personal financial scandals that involve charges of too-close ties to the industry he is meant to regulate. He calculated he'd probably lose his seat anyway, so why not retire. Good move IMO, his replacement Blumenthal seems to have good polling numbers.
     
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    I didn't see it anywhere in PRSI.
     
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    When a Dem decides to not run for re-election, it's giving up. When a Rep decides not to run for re-election, it's retirement. :rolleyes:
     
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    Dodd saw the writing on the wall and knew he would lose big so essentially he quit.
     
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    Does it count as "giving up" if you choose not to run to allow someone else run who has a bigger chance of retaining the seat for your party?

    To me it sounds more like being a team player.
     
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    I think he was forced out, He never had any intention of leaving. He saw the writing on the wall and probably got a lot of pressure from the higher ups in the party to quit.
     
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    After the health care reform fiasco, his numbers suck too. I think this time he can kiss his seat goodbye. So to speak. ;)
     

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