Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chris Dodd uses federal money to try to improve his poll numbers

Consider the secret entry that mystified people for a couple of days: which senator had gotten a $100 million provision put into the bill
"a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services." It must be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States "that contains a State's sole public academic medical and dental school."
Well, it didn't take more than a couple of days for reporters to find out that that was for Chris Dodd, who is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents up next year. And he's been shopping around for as much pork as possible to bring home to help his miserable reelection numbers.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is using every last bit of clout he has accumulated during three decades in the Senate, calling in favors, winning sweetheart deals and steering hundreds of millions of dollars to his home state.

He’s one of the most politically vulnerable Democratic senators, and he’s not being shy about using his influence to insert into 2010 spending bills dozens of earmarks for senior citizen centers, low-income heating assistance, education programs, new buses and highway funds in Connecticut.

Dodd is pushing the Pentagon to buy more Connecticut-built aircraft engines, and he’s pressing for more federal dollars for high-speed rail in the Nutmeg State.

And his earmark largesse doesn’t include a $100 million provision he anonymously stuck into the Senate Democratic health care package, money that Dodd wants to go to the University of Connecticut’s medical center.

At first, Dodd didn’t want to claim credit for that one, but he ’fessed up when asked by The Associated Press.
We'll see if Connecticut voters care more about such largesse from the federal treasury more than they care about the taint from all the Dodd scandals such as getting a special mortgage deal as a "Friend of Angelo" at Countrywide or his great deal getting an Irish "cottage" at a special price from a crooked stockdealer, or the money that Dodd got shoveled over to his wife as she was put on all sorts of corporate boards by companies that had business before Chris Dodd's Banking Committee.

Will Connecticut voters really care more about that earmark for the senior center or for the Connecticut hospital than they do about having this sleazy guy represent them for another six years, especially when he moved his family to Iowa in his ludicrous and vain attempt to run for president?