Roll Call (subscription required) is reporting that Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is stretched thin these days between his role as a stand in for Sen. Ted Kennedy on health care reform, doing his normal duties as Banking Committee Chairman, and running for re-election.
In what is largely a ‘Senate staff grumbling about their bosses on background’ piece, there is obviously a great deal of concern about whether Dodd can handle everything that he has on his plate.
“The question is, can Dodd do health care, still do some stuff with Banking and run his re-election campaign?” asked one knowledgeable Senate Democratic aide. “That’s a tall order for anyone.”
Most of the rest of the piece is dedicated to fellow Democratic Senators praising Dodd for his hard work and generally gushing about how swell he is. But it appears that the Senate staff is less convinced. Another Senate Democratic aide is quoted with a comment about Dodd’s now infamous Iowa adventure:
“While Dodd was camped out with his family campaigning, Democrats groused that the house and mortgage crises were just beginning to hit and there was no one tackling the problem.”
Exactly the same point that Republicans have been making for months now. If the Senate staff – the people who really know what is going on – aren’t sold on the whole “Let Dodd be Dodd” shtick, why should we be?
Source: David Drucker and Emily Pierce, “Dodd Juggles Triple Challenge” Roll Call, June 10, 2009. Retrieved at http://www.rollcall.com/issues/54_143/news/35707-1.html on June 10, 2009. Subscription Required.