Just a few weeks ago respected electoral handicapper Cook Political Report declared scandal-ridden Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd a dead senator walking: “It is increasingly clear to both independent analysts and Democratic leaders that Dodd is just too badly damaged to have a decent shot at getting re-elected, almost regardless of who wins the Republican nomination.”
Today, in a desperate move to counteract the impression he's unelectable, released an internal poll he personally commissioned showing that he's tied with potential GOP candidate and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon and losing to ex-Congressman Rob Simmons by 5 percent.
“And this is supposed to be good news,” quips Hotline.
But speaking of revealing internal documents to the public, one of the reasons that Dodd is flailing so badly in the polls is the fact he promised to release his mortgage papers for public examination. He made this pledge after it was revealed that as the head of the Senate Banking Committee Dodd got a sweetheart deal on his Capitol Hill townhouse from the CEO of a mortgage company he was supposed to be overseeing. Said mortgage company later foundered after taking on too many subprime loansand was sold to Bank of America. All the while, Dodd was asleep at the oversight wheel.
It's been 516 days since Dodd promised to release his mortgage papers. We're still waiting