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?
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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.
Peter, you've got an army of well-organized and highly motivated grassroots supporters. We raised over $20,000 in a single day even though you haven't committed to run yet. Imagine how much we'd raise if you announced your candidacy. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tea parties are set to sweep the nation on April 15 and beyond. Liberty is brewing, but unless we begin electing individuals such as yourself to high office, we'll be stuck with the same old corruption and failed policies in Washington.
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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.
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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.