The Heat Is On

OK … lukewarm … but both the Hartford Courant ..

Mr. Dodd should have released the documents months ago. Countrywide was a major player in the subprime mortgage debacle. Five years ago, it issued the loans to Mr. Dodd, then a member of the Senate banking committee, as part of the company’s VIP program, trimming the upfront costs for refinancing two of the senator’s homes and allowing the rates to “float down” as interest rates dropped.

… His continued waffling about whether or when he’ll release the documents only fans speculation. That’s a disservice to Mr. Dodd’s constituents, who deserve straight talk and accountability from the state’s senior senator.

and The Day in New London …

To clear things up, Sen. Dodd’s office promised eight months ago to release all the mortgage documents, but the senator keeps coming up with excuses not to. He now says he will await the completion of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. He hasn’t explained why, and we haven’t figured out a good reason.

The Wall Street Journal said it well: “Rare is the politician who could clear his name overnight and chooses not to.”

We again ask Sen. Dodd to release the information. He must know that the continued stalling looks very bad.

OK, neither one exactly puts the old boy on the hot seat. So … as a refresher  … here’s the NBC report.

If we’re doing a running tally, it’s us (SOC), Kevin Rennie, Instapundit, NBC News, Rick Green, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and now the Courant and The Day.

4 replies
  1. davis
    davis says:

    Like the CEOs on Wall Street, Dodd does not get it. He does what he does because he can. He may believe that the CT voters will forget about this come his next election. He may be right, look at how Sen. Lieberman has been re-habilitated.

  2. Terry W
    Terry W says:

    I;m hoping the new RNC chair, Mr. Steele, will target Sen. Dodd's seat in 2010.  Just heard someone recommend the Governor as a possible candidate.  That would be an interesting race.  Sen. Dodd may want us to forget his VIP loans, but that's a pipe dream!

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    "To clear things up, Sen. Dodd’s office promised eight months ago to release all the mortgage documents, but the senator keeps coming up with excuses not to."

    Just like John Kerry's promise to release his full military and medical records to the late Tim Russert.  Never gonna happen.  And there is only one reason why: said documents will only prove him to be a liar.  If the documents proved his innocence, he would be falling all over his aides trying to get them out into the public.

    Pleading the Fifth Amendment is invariably an admission of guilt.

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