Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., stepped up the pressure members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose telecom amnesty by stopping a provision in the most recent Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act awarding retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that may have violated laws regarding customer privacy.
On his campaign Web site, he started a citizen-generated whip count to track member votes and encourage supporters to contact committee members.
Over the weekend, Dodd was in New Hampshire looking to boost support among the state’s voters with the help of two Granite State Democrats.
Freshman Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., joined Dodd at his campaign headquarters in Manchester on Saturday for a “Strengthen America - End the War Day of Action.” The event involved a series of activities designed to give anti-war activists an opportunity to express their desire to end the war in Iraq. Participants were able to make calls to the White House and to New Hampshire’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Judd Gregg and John Sununu, as well as send postcards, write e-mails, and canvass the city to pressure the administration and Congress to withdraw troops from Iraq.
Shea-Porter, a strong critic of the war, did not officially endorse Dodd. But she did note that many politicians would likely shy away from such an event, and praised Dodd for being “very clear about the change of direction this country needs.”
When it was his turn to address the volunteers, Dodd questioned the anti-war credentials of his primary opponents. “I’m not only worried about Republicans on this issue, I’m worried about some Democrats on this issue,” said Dodd.
Earlier in the day, Dodd campaigned with former state legislator Jim Craig, who lost the Democratic primary to Shea-Porter last year. Craig said he decided to endorse Dodd in part because he was the only one of the Democratic presidential candidates to reach out to him after the election defeat.
Dodd also came out with a new ad in Iowa that asks “Where did Chris Dodd get his white hair from?” His explanation: hard work.