Faced with dismal re-election prospects embattled Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is going to resign rather than face defeat in 2010.
Dodd’s retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek re-election.
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is widely expected to step into the void filled by Dodd and, at least at first blush, should drastically increase Democrats’ chances of holding the seat.
One of the Senate’s most unethical members is retiring. That’s good for America. Plus it can’t be that much fun knowing that your waitress sandwich partner is no longer around. Who do you party with?