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Judicial Watch, the public interest group that tracks and prosecutes government corruption, filed a formal ethics complaint against Senator Chris Dodd on April 24. The complaint claims that Dodd assisted a longtime friend & associate in order to obtain a reduced sentence, and ultimately a full presidential pardon from President Clinton for tax and securities crimes, in exchange for gifts, which included a sweetheart mortgage deal that he failed to provide full disclosure on in his Senate Financial Disclosure forms.
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch President, stated, "...To put it mildly, this type of behavior clearly does not reflect well on the United States Senate." To put it less mildly, if proven to be true, Chris Dodd is a criminal. Peter Schiff for Senate, anyone?
President Obama had this to say about Chris Dodd: "I can't say it any clearer: I will be helping Chris Dodd because he deserves the help." He also added, "He always has his constituencies at heart, and he's somebody I'm going to be relying on and working very closely with to shepherd through the types of regulatory reforms we need." So corruption and complete ineptitude are to be rewarded? Our Founding Fathers would be ashamed.
At RealClearPolitics, Stuart Rothenberg outlines the case for Dodd's troubling vulnerability. A year ago, Dodd would have been considered a sure bet, but with the financial collapse, shady mortgage deals, and the AIG bonus fiasco, Dodd is in serious trouble. Two Republicans have already stepped up the plate to challenge him.
Wouldn't this be the ideal opportunity for a Washington outsider, successful businessman, economic whiz, and strict Constitutionalist to fill the void? Now, that would be real change.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll has shown that Sen. Chris Dodd, if the vote was today, would lose his seat to a host of challengers.
The survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters also shows that Dodd is experiencing his lowest job approval numbers, with only 33 percent approving of the job that he's doing and 58 percent disapproving.
Pollster Douglas Schwartz says a 33 percent job approval rating is unheard of for a 30-year incumbent.
Read full article here.
Chris Dodd appears to be set on giving opponents more and more ammunition against him.
Dodd apparently entered language into the stimulus bill guaranteeing "contractually obligated" bonuses "agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009.” Bonuses just like AIG's, in other words.
AIG and its employees, over the past two decades, has contributed over a quarter million dollars to Dodd campaigns.
Chris Dodd over the past year has managed to alienate himself so much from his constituents that it has come into serious doubt his ability to retake his seat in a state that Obama carried 71% of the popular vote.
"His reputation has not recovered from the revelation last year that he received a sweetheart deal on his mortgage, saving upwards of $75,000 courtesy of Countrywide, one of the biggest pushers of the subprime mortgages that have landed the U.S. economy in such dire straits."
Though Dodd has stressed that no preferential treatment was given to him in the loan process, he has refused to let reporters go through the actual loan documents. What is he trying to hide?
In response to the dire warning from the FDIC chairwoman, Senator Dodd is proposing a bill that would allow the FDIC to “temporarily” borrow as much as $500 billion from the US Treasury in order to prop up ailing banks. That’s right, half a trillion dollars. Dodd, backed by the Federal Reserve, US Treasury, and FDIC, claims that this massive loan is required to support a battered banking system that may not possess enough funds to insure customer deposits.
2009 may very well be Chris Dodd's last year as a CT senator. His ratings according to a local university poll have dropped to an all time low:
"Sen. Dodd is vulnerable. His approval has sunk to a new low," poll director Douglas Schwartz said when the poll was released. "The mortgage controversy has taken a toll on his approval rating. Most voters are not satisfied with Dodd's explanation and say they are less likely to vote for him next year because of it."
Along with Peter Schiff, other prominent Connecticut Republicans have openly discussed the possibility of running. All we care about is that Dodd gets kicked out!
Please join us on Friday, March 6th 2009 in telling Connecticut talk radio listeners about the disease which the corrupt Chris Dodd is spreading - taking the form of cronyism and socialism.
Call Connecticut Talk Radio shows and let the public know exactly what Senator Dodd has been up to in the Senate!
A coordinated effort to get the word out about the dangerous legislation Senator Dodd has supported and the poison he continues to spread.
See these and with show times and call in numbers.