HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan accompanied Sen. Chris Dodd on a tour of some of Connecticut’s cities Monday. They stopped in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, where the secretary talked about new programs to help keep people in their homes. The tour is part of an effort by Dodd called the “Banking on Change” tour. I know, I know. The tour started with a forum on Dodd’s new credit card act, and has included meetings with homeowners, small businesses and others.
Dodd and Rep. Joe Courtney are meeting with members of the Metal Trades Council and Marine Draftsmen’s Association to discuss the 2010 defense budget, including new submarine production. Dodd and Rep. Larson met last week with unions at Pratt & Whitney to discuss the possible cancellation of the F-22 program. Dodd and other Connecticut leaders also met last week with firefighters in Middletown to discuss the federal budget.
If you’re thinking that Sen. Dodd seems to be around a lot lately, it’s not just you. He’s been busy raising his public profile in a state that didn’t see all that much of him during his failed presidential bid, in anticipation of a very difficult re-election campaign next year. His meetings thus far, which seem to be focused on urban areas and speaking with unions, among other things, seem to be targeting core supporters. Dodd has also recently held health care forums, which also will help him shore up core constituencies.
Will it work for him? That depends on whether the public is willing to see his latest efforts as sincere efforts to help, instead of just a public relations campaign.