Dorgan Gone... Dodd Too?
Maybe? Dorgan First:
Democratic hopes may well rest on the leader of their very thin
bench in North Dakota: Congressman Earl Pomeroy. But Pomeroy has been
relatively secure in the House, whereas a Senate bid would certainly
prove to be a greater challenge. There would likely be no small amount
of reluctance on his part to give up a reasonably secure seat and two
decades of seniority to start a career in the Senate at the age of 57.
Dorgan's statement to the press read, in part, as follows:
“It has been a special privilege to serve with Senator Conrad and
Congressman Pomeroy, who do an outstanding job for our state. And
although he inherited an economy in serious trouble, I remain confident
that President Obama is making the right decisions to put our country
back on track.
Further, my decision has no relationship to the prospect of a
difficult election contest this year. Frankly, I think if I had decided
to run for another term in the Senate I would be reelected.
But I feel that after serving 30 years, I want to make time for some
other priorities. And making a commitment to serve in the Senate for
the next seven years does not seem like the right decision for me.
So, 2010 will be my last year in the Senate.
Dorgan has been in public life since his mid-twenties, when he
became North Dakota's Tax Commissioner. From there, he served a dozen
years in the House before being elected to the US Senate. He coasted
through easy re-elections in both 1998 and 2004.
And maybe Dodd:
Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd
(D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut
Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek
re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans.
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