CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

This week, the rightwing media slime machine has been on overdrive tarring Chris Dodd with the AIG bonus fiasco. Their goals are (at least) twofold: to tie Dodd and Democrats at large to Wall St. and to ultimately defeat Chris Dodd in his bid for re-election next year. So it is hardly surprising to finally see Dodd's Republican opponent, former Congressman Rob Simmons, pounce on not entirely honest coverage of Dodd's role in watering down his own amendment to the stimulus package.

Simmons, who is running against Dodd, is now speaking out.

Daniela Altimari of The Hartford Courant is reporting the following:

"He says one thing one day, one thing another day,'' Simmons said.

"Where's the transparency in all of this? People have lost their savings, they've lost their jobs. There's no leadership...I can't believe the chairman of a committee can take a bill to the floor and speak in favor of it and vote on it without knowing what's in it. The issue of executive compensation is obviously an important issue...you would think someone's reading the language of the bill.''

Simmons said he was particularly troubled by Dodd's assertion that much of the detailed work on the bill was done on the staff level. Simmons served as a Senate staffer for six year, working for former Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Arizona, and former Sen. John H. Chafee, R-Rhode Island and "never once were they so disengaged with important issues that they let the staff do it all.''

"The chairman has responsibility for the bill. You can't slough it off to the staff,'' Simmons said.

Simmons is all over the place message-wise here and I think at some point Republicans are going to learn that campaigning against the stimulus package will not work but Simmons is on firmer political ground -- although on weak factual ground -- by focusing on the claim that Dodd is a flip flopper. That's the story local media is telling. This plus his Countrywide problem spells a really tough fight ahead for Dodd, although the good news is there's plenty of time for this to turn around.

Still, it's not insignificant that in a Quinnipiac poll released last week this race was already tied up.

Simmons 43
Dodd 42

Keep in mind Simmons was a congressman, not even known statewide; add to this that Dodd is under 50% for both his job approval rating (49-44) and favorability (46-45;) plus the fact that this poll was released before the whole AIG thing blew up and you have a textbook example of a vulnerable incumbent. Dodd's gonna need us to have his back.

Tags: Chris Dodd, CT-Sen, Rob Simmons (all tags)

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Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

It might be best for Sen. Dodd to announce that he is not running for re-election.

by esconded 2009-03-19 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Paging Senator Blumenthal?

by alamedadem 2009-03-19 07:22PM | 0 recs
irony

Running a hopeless presidential campaign worked out so well for Joe Biden--he got noticed in the debates and ended up on the ticket.

It didn't work out well for Chris Dodd, though. I remember reading that CT residents thought he was spending too much time in Iowa during 2007. I certainly don't think he raised his stature back home.

by desmoinesdem 2009-03-19 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Well, Geithner just stood up for Dodd on CNN today saying it was his fault, not Dodd's, for the bonus fiasco... that Dodd wanted much stronger, retroactive language...

So, that should help...

by LordMike 2009-03-19 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

So why did Dodd confess on TV today that he mistakenly denied it? Either Dodd is a liar or a bungling fool.

Dodd has just played a role in the ridiculing of the Democratic brandname with his idiocy.

ONCE AGAIN, SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY DODD APOLOGIZED FOR MISSPEAKING? These freaking senators need to stop worrying about their other buddy senators and learn to speak to Americans with clarity so such fiascos dont take place.

I am embarrassed to know that this guy perpetuates the bungling Democrat stereotype.

by Pravin 2009-03-19 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Perhaps we should look at primary challenges.

by Endymion 2009-03-19 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

For sure - why get his back? lets support a true progressive in the primary

by vrtlczyk 2009-03-20 06:43AM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Yes yes yes! If he won't go on his own, he deserves a primary challenge.  I can't believe Todd actually suggested we should have Dodd's back, just because he's a Democrat. That's a Republican tactic, putting party above principle. Surely AIG can fund his re-election campaign. We should be supporting a candidate who will serve the people and not their own interests (or interest rates) or those with the money to bankroll their campaign. Dodd is clearly out for himself above all else. Otherwise, he would resign after this term rather than risk handing his seat to Simmons.

by bpfish 2009-03-20 06:55AM | 0 recs
I'm not comfortable with Dodds Wife

serving on all these boards...

She makes a lot of swag from Big Pharma....

And, before she married Dodd, as far as I can tell, she had NO background in that industry.

http://people.forbes.com/profile/jackie- m-clegg/12288

And the house in Ireland thing stinks to high heaven...

Irish Cottage Controversy
In February 2009 the Hartford Courant ran a story concerning Dodd's acquistion of his vacation home in Roundstone, Ireland. [54] The article pointed out Dodd's close links to his former partner in buying the home, disgraced Bear Stearns principal Edward Downe, Jr. who had been convicted of insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission. [55]

After paying an $11 million fine for his role in the scam, Downe later obtained a pardon in the waning days of the Bill Clinton administration. The controversial pardon was granted after Dodd lobbied Clinton on Downe's behalf.

Dodd later acquired the interests of his partners after the pardon was granted. Dodd was also criticised for claiming the Roundstone home was worth less than $250,000 in Senate ethics filings; some observers estimated the likely value in excess of $1 million USD. [56]

I think Dodd thinks he is something special, I think he is just a man who has gotten too powerful, and has used it to his advantage.

If he is a loyal democrat, he will choose not to run again, and give another democrat a chance.

If he runs again, he will lose.

by WashStateBlue 2009-03-19 07:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm not comfortable with Dodds Wife

I have been railing against many of the senators. That is why I wanted term limits.

I do not understand why conflict of interest laws are so loose in DC. And where is Dodd's  buddy Lieberman? ha ha. Looks like Lieberman ditched the sap again. And isn't Lieberman's wife hired for more than her market value too? Dodd keeps getting bullied and he just takes it. It may be the case that he is not responsible for not removing the bonus. But the way he handled it is the same way he got shafted by his own buddy Lieberman in the past. Dodd should know that  being civil to other senators and making compromises will only backfire. And he deserves it.

by Pravin 2009-03-19 07:18PM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Dodd doesn't know how or when to shut up. He should just say "I made a mistake," and then change the subject. He screws himself by opening his mouth.

by ruaqtpi2 2009-03-20 04:01AM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

Dodd is in deep trouble, his sweet heart deal from Countrywide is going to be picking up steam.

by bluetothecore 2009-03-20 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

If we don't dump Dodd, we'll have to spend millions and still probably lose that seat.

by Vox Populi 2009-03-20 07:35AM | 0 recs
Re: CT-Sen: Rob Simmons (R) Pounces

I moved from Connecticut 3 months ago and I ca tell you Dodd is toast. Most people dating back to late last year had had enough of him. Friends of mine who are democrats basically have been saying, he has been in office too long, has no idea whats going on in the state and has become truly out of touch. This mess doesnt help. He is in big trouble and deservedly so.

by adb67 2009-03-20 07:56AM | 0 recs

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