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06-23-09, 10:27 PM #1
Chris Dodd is deeply offended that people would say his unqualified wife doesn't deserve all those fat corporate sinecures
Sen. Chris Dodd, the dubious Democrat from the Nutmeg State, told a recent interviewer that it was "offensive" that the media would suggest that his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, has potential conflicts of interest because she sits on the boards of four pharmaceutical firms.
With Sen. Ted Kennedy ailing, Dodd is the Democratic point man for upcoming health-care legislation.
Of course, this is the 21st century. Spouses of powerful pols have their own -- often quite successful -- careers.
Of course, everybody knows that Mrs. Dodd received no special consideration because of her powerful spouse -- because Sen. Dodd says so.
That's the same Chris Dodd who "just happened" to get sweetheart mortgage loans as a "Friend of [Countrywide Financial founder] Angelo [Mozilo]" -- a relationship that is the subject of a Senate Ethics Committee probe.
That's the same Dodd who "just happened" to buy out a friend's share of an Irish cottage -- for well below what should have been the appraised value.
Only after a public-interest group raised questions did the Dodds finally have the cottage re-appraised -- whereupon the property's value jumped to $660,000, from between $100,001 and $250,000 just last year.
How about that: In the midst of a worldwide recession, his vacation home doubles in value in just one year -- as property values across Ireland plunged 40 percent.
Dodd says "there's no reason" for his wife to step down from her various boards -- an ethics lawyer gave a clean bill of health on potential conflicts of interest. He further complains that raising these questions is "offensive" because the husbands of female members of Congress don't face the same scrutiny. Really?
Dodd could talk to former Senator -- now Secretary of State -- Hillary Clinton about the conflict-of-interest questions she faced, thanks to her husband's business practices.
Nobody's picking on Chris Dodd. Not that he doesn't deserve it.
06-23-09, 10:42 PM #2
I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until he mentioned the "ethics lawyer." That's a conflict of logic there.Be kind, be courteous . . .
and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
06-24-09, 06:40 AM #3
He's just as bad as his father was. I swear there some political dynasty rule in force here in CT. They keep getting re-elected."When a crime is committed, liberals blame society. Conservatives blame the criminal." -Debra Saunders
Old Scottish Motto- "nemo me impune laccessit". It still holds true today.
06-24-09, 03:40 PM #4
Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.
Not a LEO
In memory of Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson 1965 - 2005. Ceres Police Dept.
In memory of Robert N. Panos 1955 - 2008 Ceres Police Dept.
06-24-09, 06:42 PM #5
I'm offended that he's offended because I'm offended .SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
06-24-09, 07:27 PM #6
"Ethical government", as timeless an oxymoron as "ethics lawyer"...
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly. - Lovelace
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