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The Dodd Squad: No More

As the 2010 mid-term election inches ever closer, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is hanging up his spurs:
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) plans to announce Wednesday that he will retire from the Senate at the end of the year, capping a 30-year career where he rose to become one of the chamber's most influential members, several Democratic sources told POLITICO Tuesday night.

Dodd’s decision to retire is, at first glance, a blessing to Senate Democrats who worried they would have trouble holding the seat with the embattled senator in the race. Now Democrats expect that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will run in Dodd’s place, giving the party a stronger nominee in a race that was widely believed to be a toss-up.
I would love to have been the proverbial fly-on-the-wall when Dodd made this decision.

Surely the fact that Chris Dodd was becoming less popular with his constituents had an active role in his retirement. The question that I have is was Dodd encouraged to step-down by the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi? Possibly...

Either way, I think that Dodd's departure from the U.S. Senate is a good thing for Democrats. The race in Connecticut was shaping up to be a real challenge for Chris Dodd (and the Dems) -- when it should basically have been a slam-dunk. With Dodd stepping aside, it is akin to the Democrats 're-booting' the Senatorial campaign in that state. Republicans, who heretofore have been able to attack Dodd's record, now have a tougher row-to-hoe against Richard Blumenthal who is a relative unknown.

Connecticut continues to be a race-to-watch, and Dodd's departure solidifies that fact even more.

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