GOP’s Rob Simmons IN – Is Chris Dodd OUT?

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Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is challenging Sen. Chris Dodd (D)

Senator Chris Dodd will be in a tough race for re-election.

Former Rep. Rob Simmons will challenge embattled Sen. Chris Dodd next November, a recruiting success for national Republicans who believe that the Connecticut Democrat has badly imperiled his chances at reelection over the last several years.

“The family had a long meeting today and was unanimous that I run,” Simmons e-mailed the Associated Press on Sunday. “So, I’m running.” Simmons added that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing him in a dead heat with Dodd had helped close the deal for him.

Republicans were quick to tout Simmons’s candidacy as evidence that the party was on its way back after a series of devastating losses in 2006 and 2008.

“Connecticut represents a tremendous opportunity for Republicans in 2010, particularly when you have an experienced and respected candidate like Rob Simmons already polling ahead of a 30 year incumbent,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Brian Walsh.

Well, perhaps.

The polls are now favorable but the Democrats will Bush blast Simmons. On the other hand, have Dodd’s political opportunism and favorable personal loans with Countrywide mortage already sunk him?


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Poll Watch: Democrat Senator Chris Dodd in Trouble for 2010 Re-election Race

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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., left, asks a question of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, not pictured, as the committee’s ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., right, listens during the committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

Yes, he is.

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd continues to struggle in the eyes of Connecticut voters with a new poll showing the five-term incumbent in a statistical dead heat with his likely Republican challenger.

The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) taking 43 percent of the vote to Dodd’s 42 percent in a hypothetical 2010 matchup — a danger zone for any incumbent, particularly a Democrat in a state as blue as Connecticut.

Inside the numbers, the prognosis isn’t much better. Simmons is winning the support of 15 percent of self-identified Democrats in the poll and independents are siding with the former Republican House member by a whopping 49 percent to 32 percent.

Dodd’s personal favorability ratings are also languishing with 46 percent expressing a favorable opinion about him and 45 percent feeling unfavorably. Compare those middling numbers to Dodd’s showing in Q polls from May 2007 (45 percent fav/31 percent unfav) and February 2007 (49 percent fav/30 percent unfav) and you see just how badly he has been hurt by his ties to the troubled mortgage lender Countrywide and his quixotic presidential bid.

The re-emergence of the national Republican Party may come in unanticipated places, like solidly blue states such as Connecticutt and perhaps New York.

But, corruption has sunk Chris Dodd and the GOP needs to exploit this pick up opportunity.


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CNBC’s Larry Kudlow to Run Against Democrat Senator Chris Dodd?

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CNBC Anchor Larry Kudlow gushing about his meeting with then President-elect Obama

Looks like Larry Kudlow is conisdering the race against Democrat Senator Chris Dodd.

The political blogosphere has been abuzz with rumors that CNBC anchor and syndicated columnist Larry Kudlow is considering running for the Senate against Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)

Kudlow confirmed his interest in an interview with POLITICO this afternoon and said he was talking to strategists to assess the feasibility of a statewide run. He said NRSC chairman John Cornyn met with him over dinner last week to discuss the idea, and the two have since had a follow-up phone conversation.

“He came up to me, and put it right on the table. He seems to think it would be a good race, and a national race,” Kudlow said.

Kudlow, though, said he enjoys his job as a CNBC anchor and commentator – and it would be tough to leave it for the world of politics.

“I’m thinking about it, that’s all I can say… it’s the kind of thing where I’m talking to friends, talking to strategists, talking to my wife, and praying on it,” Kudlow said. “It’s all come on very fast, and I don’t have any definite thoughts at all other than the fact that I am thinking about it.”

The long time, incumbent Dodd who is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee has ethics problems associated with favorable home mortgage rate loans (Countrywide Financial) which some consider special interest favors.

Indeed, Chris Dodd is vulnerable and Kudlow would make an erudite opponent.

Stay tuned…..


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