Kent DTC: No Confidence in Dodd

Kent’s Democratic Town Committee has adopted a resolution of no confidence in Sen. Chris Dodd. The measure passed at their regular meeting last night by a vote of 8-5, following a debate.

The resolution is here (.doc): Adopted Resolution

Take a look at the text of the resolution after the “more” link.

A RESOLUTION OF THE KENT DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
 
The members of the Kent Democratic Town Committee share with Americans of all political persuasions a serious concern regarding how our political representatives finance their election and reelection campaigns.
 
Addressing this problem must begin through local efforts which focus on the behavior, integrity and performance of our own local, state and federal representatives. Consequently:
 
WHEREAS when the decisions of those holding political power are increasingly influenced by corporate lobbyists and corporate campaign contributions which sustain those holding political positions, and,
 
WHEREAS Senator Christopher Dodd has held a powerful position of oversight of the financial industry during a period when that industry pursued policies which generated enormous profit for its practitioners while devising and carrying out fraudulent practices that have come close to bankrupting the nation, and,
 
WHEREAS over the course of his 30 year senate career Senator Dodd has accepted more than 13 million dollars from the financial and real estate industries, both of which he was charged with regulating in his capacity as a member, and currently as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and,
 
WHEREAS Senator Dodd, in order to transfer 1.7 million dollars from his senate campaign accounts and divert those monies toward his ill considered presidential run, notified the Federal Election Commission that he did not intend to run for the senate in 2010, and,
 
WHEREAS Senator Dodd has violated either in fact or in appearance or both, in the several ways herein elaborated, the trust placed in him by his constituents,
 
THEREFORE We the members of the Kent Democratic Town Committee conclude that it is the legitimate responsibility of the people to intervene and to reject those political representatives who have become enamored with achieving and maintaining their own position and power at the expense of the citizens, WE RESOLVE that Senator Dodd does not deserve our support, and that through his pattern of behavior, he has become a symbol of what is wrong with our electoral system and deserves our vote of NO CONFIDENCE.
 
Adopted by the Kent Democratic Town Committee this 22nd day of June, 2009.

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3 responses to “Kent DTC: No Confidence in Dodd

  1. AndersonScooper

    Let’s be clear about where Dodd’s Democratic loyalists want the party to go:

    1) Despite Blumenthal’s near 80% approval ratings, in 2010 they want to ignore Dodd’s dangerously low high 30’s, to roll the dice against the national Republicans and a $10-$20 Million CT GOP war chest. (they want you to remember that at root it’s a Blue state, and Dodd couldn’t possibly lose, once Obama comes to Bridgeport.)

    2) Which would result in Blumenthal and Murphy duking it out to run against Lieberman in 2012. That is unless the young phenom wants to wait another 12-18 years.

    3) And of course the unanswered question who would Dodd endorse in 2012? Lieberman? Blumenthal? or Murphy?

    Contrast that scenario with Dodd doing the noble thing and retiring in support of the ever-patient and probably unbeatable Blumenthal.

    Which, in turn, would open the door for a national Democratic love-fest as Murphy took on Lieberpuke, in a race which should catapult Murphy into the national spotlight.

    That’s the political math folks.

  2. AndersonScooper

    PS– If you’re thinking that I’m suggesting there are sizable factions within the CT Democratic Party, — who admire Dodd but would be happier if he rode off into the political sunset, — you are correct.

    Dodd deserves love and respect. He is one of the best Democratic Senators of his generation. But given the current situation, Dodd’s willingness to gamble what should be a safe Democratic Senate seat is troubling. It’s not like Blumenthal and Murphy are incapable of carrying us forward.

  3. You gotta give the Kent DTC credit for taking a stand. It’s nice to know there are some Democrats who are willing to put honor and integrity before party politics. My Republican hat is off to the Kent DTC.

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