Friday, July 31, 2009

Dodd's Integrity Shines Again

Because of his strength on Constitutional issues, of the nine original candidates, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) was my second choice during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. I have, however, sadly soured on him in more recent months because of his poor handling of the Countrywide mortgage scandal (standing in stark contrast to Kent Conrad's candor), his initially poor handling of financial regulation reform, and his committee's partisan approach to the health care debate.

Perhaps my faith has been at least partially restored. Dodd announced today that he has early-stage prostate cancer but that he will continue to seek re-election in 2010 (as perhaps the Senate's most endangered Democrat) and will continue to keep up his busy schedule as a top Senator on both financial regulation and health care. That's all to be expected since they caught the cancer early. What really impresses me is this: Dodd said the cancer was diagnosed over a month ago and that he knew about it during his committee's mark-up of the health care bill in June but never said a word. He could have used his cancer as a political tool or emotional sideshow, but decided he didn't want the debate to become about him. In politics even more than normal life, that's admirable. Welcome back, Senator Dodd.

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