Sen. Chris Dodd hired veteran Democratic campaign manager Jay Howser to run Dodd's 2010 re-election bid this week. Dodd hasn't made any official announcement yet, and when he finally does, I can only hope that he doesn't appear on the Don Imus show this time around.
Howser managed the campaign for Democratic challenger Brad Ellsworth to an upset victory over then-Rep. John Hostettler in Indiana's conservative 8th District in 2006, and ran Mary L. Landrieu's bid for a third Senate term last year in Louisiana.
Dodd, currently targeted as the preferred mainstream media scapegoat for the AIG bonus mess, also has public relations problems resulting from his alleged sweetheart mortgage deal from Countrywide, and the simmering resentment from many Connecticut voters for his move to Iowa last year to run his ill-fated and quixotic campaign for the Presidency.
Recent poll numbers show some improvement over Dodd's recent virtual tie with GOP challenger former Congressman Rob Simmons, with the March 23rd-25th Daily Kos/Research 2000 Connecticut Poll placing Dodd just ahead of Simmons by a 45%-40% margin and outside of the 4% margin of error.
The poll also shows former Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont with a significant favorable rating of 47% when compared to Joe Lieberman's 44%, Dick Blumenthal's 42%, and Rob Simmons's 41%.
Gov. Jodi Rell continues her otherworldly favorable ratings with an inexplicable 71%. I can only assume she has a wizard from the Harry Potter books locked up somewhere in the governor's mansion dungeon, as her continued popularity defies any other rational explanation.