April 17, 2009

CHRIS DODD UPDATE: Not much home-state support:

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd appears to have looked everywhere but his home state to fuel what pundits anticipate will be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation in 2010.

The five-term incumbent reported raising just $4,250 from five Connecticut residents during the first three months of the year while raking in $604,745 from nearly 400 individuals living outside the state.

While incumbents often turn to special interests for early campaign fundraising, Dodd’s out-of-state total seems unusually high and comes at a time when he has been plagued by poor approval ratings among state voters.

Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions, said that Dodd’s low percentage of in-state funding strikes him as unusual.

Me, too. Plus this:

Gary Rose, a professor of politics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, said that the campaign statement and fundraising results reinforce the negative image of Dodd as a Washington insider.

“Once again there is a disconnect between the rhetoric of the senator and his political behavior. I think it helps explain why so many Connecticut residents are becoming increasingly disillusioned with him,” Rose said. “He is beginning to personify, in many ways, the establishment.”

Gee, do you think? (Via Political Wire.)

The upside — he’s still doing better than Roland Burris! Well, a bit.

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