Monday, May 04, 2009

Field of Contenders for Dodd’s (CT-D) Senate Seat Widens - Wife’s Income under Scrutiny

Beleaguered Senator, Chris Dodd, who played a pivotal role in the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae disaster, precursor to the housing and banking crisis, (along with Congressman Barney Frank (MA-D), is facing an increasing field of contenders for his Senate seat. Thomas C. Foley(R), former Ambassador to Ireland is expected to announce his candidacy soon, according to the Harford Courant. Rob Simmons and Sam Caligiuri, have already indicated they will seek the office in 2010, with Simmons having fared well (16 point advantage) in an early poll against Dodd. Dodd is considered extremely vulnerable in 2010, along with other key Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Courant’s is now focusing on Dodd’s finances, releasing an article today on Dodd’s wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd. Dodd, who apparently cries poor (citing problems with mortgages), legally listed his wife’s income from several boards as “over $1,000” – this is from a financial disclosure report to the U.S. Senate. . Ms. Clegg-Dodd’s income, including cash and stocks, is reported to be $500,000 annually. (Relevancy - Charactor)

The increased scrutiny of Dodd, to include his wife, and the constant criticism from the editorial pages of the Nutmeg State’s Capital Newspaper indicate that baring divine intervention, Dodd will be seeking employment outside the U.S. Senate come 2010.

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