U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut will not run for re-election, according to the Washington Post and an article in the New York Times citing Democratic officials knowledgeable of Dodd´s plans.
Dodd is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and is the acting chairman of the Senate Health Committee.
News of Dodd´s plans come one day after Democratic senator and chair of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), announced his intention not to seek re-election.
Dodd´s decision could pave the way for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to run for Dodd´s Senate seat. Republicans Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon are candidates for the seat.
Sen. Dodd is Connecticut´s longest serving U.S. Senator, having been first elected to that seat in 1980. Dodd´s father, Thomas J. Dodd, was also a U.S. Senator, representing Connecticut from 1959-1971.
The various media reports of Dodd´s plans say that Dodd will give a press conference later today (Wednesday) to announce his decision.
U.S. Senator Chris Dodd announced his decision not to run for re-election from his home in East Haddam and Connecticut Attorney General will run for the Senate seat, all of which took place since the above article was published.
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