Close of Dodd's Capitol Hill career is a lesson for others

05/25/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., might not be retiring at the end of this term if his colleagues on Capitol Hill were asked to re-elect him. While Dodd still enjoys tremendous popularity among senators of both parties, his constituents made it clear early in the election cycle he would have difficult getting re-elected, prompting Dodd to announce plans to retire. More incumbents are learning that, like Dodd, the more entrenched they are in Washington, the more trouble they will have getting re-elected.

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