Nice link to a Dodd appearance on Meet the Press where he explains why the right and responsible thing to do is to help out his hedge fund pals who had paid him so handsomely.
UPDATE: Mother Jones put up a detailed posting back in April of some of the many, many financial types giving money to the this awful man. I’ve said before that his entire presidential “campaign” was nothing more than a fund grabber from the industry he regulated and nothing that’s happened since has convinced me I was wrong.
Update Update: I went searching for my first anti-Dodd posting but it was lost when Google banned me and I switched to WordPress. I did discover this post from April Fools day, last year, passing on my very first boss’s guarantee that Dodd was not going to run and that Blumenthal would. I’m obliged to keep that gentleman’s identity secret, but, for a Republican, he’s pretty plugged in to Demmerkrat politics.
Back to the Old Country
Dodd quits. He’ll probably be replaced by Dick Blumenthal which is no improvement, but at least the new boy won’t have the seniority, and thus the clout, of Dodd.
UPDATE: Business Insider has the same thought on Bluementhal. I’d say they like him less than I do, but that’s impossible.
UPDATE UPDATE: I missed the link – Blumenthal has already announced his candidacy.
Dodd voted most corrupt politician of 2009. He certainly has my vote, but why limit it to just 2009?
By the hundreds of millions of dollars. Think of the ego of this man, who believes he is justified in taking huge sums of money from taxpayers in other states so that he can be re-elected. Only he could think he’s that important – I sure don’t.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is using every last bit of clout he has accumulated during three decades in the Senate, calling in favors, winning sweetheart deals and steering hundreds of millions of dollars to his home state.He’s one of the most politically vulnerable Democratic senators, and he’s not being shy about using his influence to insert into 2010 spending bills dozens of earmarks for senior citizen centers, low-income heating assistance, education programs, new buses and highway funds in Connecticut.
Dodd is pushing the Pentagon to buy more Connecticut-built aircraft engines, and he’s pressing for more federal dollars for high-speed rail in the Nutmeg State.
And his earmark largesse doesn’t include a $100 million provision he anonymously stuck into the Senate Democratic health care package, money that Dodd wants to go to the University of Connecticut’s medical center.
Well not really, because this whore was going to vote for ObamaKare anyway, but it’s nice to see his fellow thieves passing out goodies to their pal during a tough election campaign. As someone else pointed out, at least when you bribe a cop you have to dig into your own pocket to do so. Our Congress bribes itself by digging into our pockets. What a country.
Rope provided by SAC
Isn’t this delicious. In searching the web for information about a Mark Adams, the latest SAC employee to be sucked into the inside trading scandal, I came across this link of political contributions made by SAC folks: Stevie hisself, plus all sorts of dummies living in Greenwich, all of whom made the maximum ($4,600) contribution to – wait for it, Christopher Dodd.
Stevie, you know that the definition of an honest judge is one who, once bought, stays bought. Chris Dodd is not an honest judge and if you couldn’t figure that out well, you may be a financial genius but your street smarts are those of a five-year tot brought up in Greenwich. What the hell’s the matter with you, Boy?
Cos Cobber calls the New Haven – Springfield rail project a boondoggle and he’s surely right. It’s a pet project of our upstate legislators that was slowly going nowhere until Dodd got hisself some Stimulus funds and breathed life into it. Oh joy. I can find almost no information on the train, but common sense suggests that the ridership from Hartford to New Haven or New Haven to Springfield is limited at best. The one “study” I did find is preposterous. In order to come up with a significant ridership pool the study’s authors had to go out to a two-mile walking radius and even then could only find 6,500 imaginary hikers.
Even a Greenwich real estate agent would blush if he were to describe a house two miles from the train station “within walking distance” but when trying to establish a need where none exists, these economists have no shame.
The entire project is about politics and payoffs, not transportation – Connecticut’s legislature will happily divert money from the New Haven line because that serves Fairfield County, the resented golden goose, while feeding themselves up north. Happy feasting.