Dodd Pissing Off Lobbyists

Via tparty, the Dodd campaign has put out a web video highlighting recent press where he has been anonymously attacked by lobbyists for healthcare industries and financial industries for not listening to their corporations’ concerns.

Here’s a link to the Roll Call article where health insurance lobbyists whine about Dodd not listening to them.

Here’s a link to an earlier story in Politico where financial sector lobbyists say the same thing.

And here’s a story from Mother Jones which explicitly lays out how Dodd is ignoring lobbyists for the industry most in play in his work on Banking and HELP committees.

I don’t think all of this makes Dodd a populist – a term I’m guessing he’d reject. I think this is Dodd just being the capital D Democrat that he is. He’s showing a strong recognition that he has the power to use his office to help working Americans in Connecticut and nationwide by passing legislation that really cements his legacy as one of the Senate’s true liberal lions. In this situation and in these tough economic times, Dodd is demonstrating that he will put the peoples’ interests ahead of corporations and lobbyists. I can hardly imagine a better way for Dodd to be conducting his business than the way he’s doing it now. Frankly, if lobbyists for Wall Street and health insurance companies are pissed off by his actions, you know Dodd is doing something right.

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