Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The 2010 midterm election year is barely a week old but already, dire consequences exist for the razor-thin majority held by senate Democrats. Two Democratic senators and one governor will announce they’re not running for reelection in the latest signs of trouble for President Obama’s party.
Sens. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, as well as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, have or are expected to announce they’re not running for reelection in November. As 2009 finally ground to an end, Democrats watched a number of House members announce retirements and one congressman defect to the GOP.
Democrats currently have a 60-40 Senate majority that includes two independents who vote with them will now have to defend four open seats in the Senate. The others are Delaware and Illinois, where Sens. Ted Kaufman, who replaced Vice President Joe Biden, and Roland Burris, who replaced Obama, aren’t running for full terms.
Sen. Christopher Dodd is expected to make a formal announcement that he will not run for reelection sometime today. Dodd, 65, has faced criticism for his role in writing a bill that provided sweetheart bonuses for executives at bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG) and for allegations that he got favorable treatment on mortgages with Countrywide Financial Corp.
Polling in Connecticut show him consistently trailing potential GOP challenger Rob Simmons, a former House member who is competing for the Republican nomination against World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon.