Thursday January 7, 2010

Three Top Democrat Incumbents Back Out of Tough Election Year

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2010 ( – Three Democrat politicians who have significant records against life and family values, two of whom are Catholic, have announced this week that they won’t run for reelection in 2010.

Senators Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, as well as Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, say they will not attempt to win voter approval in a campaign climate that has grown decidedly unfavorable towards the Democrat party in the wake of prolonged unrest over the health care overhaul. All three men are trailing in polls tracking constituent approval compared to opponents or prospective opponents.

Democrats are expressing little concern about the loss of Dodd, who has been embroiled in a number of steep corruption scandals, as the popular Democrat state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has strong chances of overtaking the seat. Explaining his reason for leaving, Dodd simply told reporters it was time for a change.

Praising the senator’s “long and distinguished record of protecting and defending a woman’s right to choose,” NARAL donated the maximum amount of $10,000 to Dodd’s campaign last October. The senator also received strong endorsement by President Obama in April.

Leadership was more concerned with Dorgan’s retirement, as his GOP opponents stand a strong chance of winning the seat – and robbing a precious 60th vote from the party’s filibuster-proof majority. Dorgan, who has a 25% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life, said he would not seek re-election in order to write books.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s Wednesday announcement, like Dodd’s, is generally seen as opportune for Democrats seeking a stronger member of their party to compete in the elections.

In 2007, Ritter signed bills legalizing homosexual adoption and banning abstinence-only sex education, and proposed restoring government funding for Planned Parenthood clinics, moves that sparked criticism from Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput.