Who is the Washington insider, exactly?

One of the points of attack the GOP senate hopefuls are using against Senator Chris Dodd is that he’s the ultimate D.C. insider, beholden to lobbyists, etc, etc. As Heath reported, tomorrow night George W. Bush pioneer donor Tom Foley will “shaking the Bush fund raising tree” down here in Greenwich.

But last week, Rob Simmons was down in D.C. raising money with the help of his own Washington insiders, including veteran lobbyist Dan Mattoon, healthcare lobbyist Jeffrey Kimball and Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and Chairman of the NRA’s PAC.

Pot, meet Kettle.


6 responses to “Who is the Washington insider, exactly?

  1. Pot, meet Kettle.

    They all play the game. That said, if Chris Dodd, class of ’74, wants to get into this argument, it’s one Republicans should welcome.

  2. Unless you are very wealthy, like Corzine or Lamont, you need to raise money with help from Washington insiders if you want to run a campaign for Senate. You can only raise $2300 from each person, so you need someone with a large rolodex.

  3. We can all debate who’s an insider and who’s not. What is not debatable is which candidate is corrupt. I don’t even need to say his name.

  4. My understanding is that of the 100 Senators and 435 Reps, only a few dozen make all the decision – the leadership, including Committee Chairs.

    Banking and money are the biggest problem facing America.

    Dick Durbin said the banks “own” the US Congress.

    If the banks own the Congress… hmmm… I wonder who they normally try to buy?

    Dodd needs to go ASAP.

    The best possible explanation for him not working on behalf of the banks is the same excuse he used for AIG…

    I’m not lying. I just don’t know what I’m talking about!

  5. Ask Chris Dodd to man up and fulfill his promise to Jane Hamsher.

    Dodd said he’d ask for the names of the banks that got $2.2 Trillion recently printed by the Fed. (though the number is reported by Bbg as $10 Tr.)

    Where are the names, Mr. Senator?

    Who got the money, Mr. Dodd?

    Where is it all going, Chris?

    Mr. Dodd, two words – subpoena power.

    Use it or lose it.

    It’s not people like Dodd who are the problem.

    Dodd IS the problem.

  6. Pot, meet Kettle.

    Sara, to suggest that Rob Simmons is a political insider but Chris Dodd is not — or to even imply that Simmons and Dodd are equally “inside” — reminds me of this exchange from the biggest bumbling idiot Press Secretary the White House has ever seen:


    $100 million = huge, $8 billion = small. Three-term (6 year) former Congressman “insider,” five-term (29-year) sitting Senator “not insider.”

    Makes sense, doesn’t it?

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