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 GeneralRichard 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