Obama used the power of his email list to drum up support for Dodd, sending out a mass email that went to people on his own list and the DNC’s. Here’s an excerpt:
For too long American consumers haven’t had many of the protections they need and deserve. And some of the biggest problems have been in the credit card industry.
But today — thanks to the extraordinary efforts of your senator, Chris Dodd — I signed a bill that restores a sense of fairness and transparency to the credit card industry.
As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Dodd was the driving force behind this bill. He’s the one who built the bipartisan coalition that passed this crucial reform by a huge margin — 90 to 5.
The email also encouraged supporters to go to a special section of Obama’s website to thank Dodd (see picture above).
The message is clear: “See? Dodd isn’t actually cozying up to financial robber barons! In fact, he’s passed a great bill that will both thwart them and help families, and that I, Barack Obama, approve of. Click on the shiny button to show your support!”
It is a big win for Dodd, and an important step in his ongoing image rehabilitation program. But Dodd may still find that the public at large isn’t so quick to forget Dodd’s mortgage, the bonus scandal and his Irish cottage. Stories like this one, which place Dodd at a fundraiser with plenty of people from the Online Lenders Alliance, don’t help either (though there seems to be confusion over just who was holding the fundraiser).
Dodd Opponent on Political Talk Shows this Sunday
Dodd’s Democratic challenger, Merrick Alpert, will be making the rounds this Sunday to talk about his challenge to the longtime incumbent. He will appear on both “Face the State” on WFSB and “The Real Story” on FOX 61. “Face the State” also will be having a segment about the making of some sort of film about the Hartford Whalers, while “The Real Story” will also feature Tom Swan.