From the new Quinnipiac poll...
A total of 42 percent of voters say they "definitely" or "probably" will vote to reelect Sen. Dodd in 2010, while 51 percent say the "probably won't" or "definitely won't" vote for him.
By a 54 - 24 percent margin, Connecticut voters say they are not satisfied with Sen. Dodd's explanation of allegations that he received preferential mortgage treatment and 56 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for him because of this controversy.
"Sen. Dodd is vulnerable. His approval has sunk to a new low. More voters disapprove than approve of the job he is doing for the first time in 15 years of polling," Schwartz said. "The mortgage controversy has taken a toll on his approval rating. Most voters are not satisfied with Dodd's explanation and say they are less likely to vote for him next year because of it."
Since Dodd rarely shows up in Bristol, I rarely write about him.
But as an interested observer, I think the man is screwing up badly on this whole Countryside mortgage thing. More than anything else, Dodd acts like he's guilty of something.
If I were him, I'd put all the documents I could find on this fiasco online and let my enemies and the press pick them apart. We all suspect he got a better deal than we would have in the same position. Whether he knew he was getting a better deal is another issue.
But whatever the truth of the whole thing is, it's incomprehensible why Dodd just keeps letting it fester. There's no way that his popularity won't continue to sink as long as it looks like he's hiding something.
Come clean, senator. Release everything. Once and for all, put every document out there for everyone to study and then let's deal with the resulting questions instead of wondering what all the mystery is about.
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