The former senator and close friend of Joe Biden is but one member of the 4 person group Biden has whittling down his potential Vice President pick group….
Dodd in speaking to a donor last week expressed annoyance that Kamala Harris showed ‘no remorse’ for attacking Joe Biden hard in the first Democratic primary debate….
Biden was taken aback during the debate at her actions and Jill Biden has said that she was also surprised and as uncomfortable as he husband at the action…
Biden has worked with Harris in the past and has never said anything negative about her , but was clearly surprised at the debate attacks at the time…
Dodd has come under fire from those supporting Harris and others who want to disregard harris’s hard edge …..She has been a DA and the Attorney General of California …She has experience going after people…
The below Politico piece is meant to show that Biden does trust his old US Senate friend and is another example of the damage control the Harris name has forced Biden to consider in his upcoming choice for his Vice President…
This does NOT mean Biden won’t pick her….
As Joe Biden readies to make one of the biggest decisions of his political career — choosing a woman, and possibly a woman of color, as his running mate — he’s leaning on a 76-year-old male colleague from his days in the Senate for help.
Chris Dodd, a one-time Connecticut senator and lobbyist, is officially just one of four people on a vice presidential selection committee that’s been operating behind closed doors for months.
But this week he burst into public view after POLITICO reported Dodd complained to a prominent donor that Kamala Harris, the frontrunner in the veepstakes, had shown “no remorse” for tearing into Biden during the first Democratic primary debate last summer.
The backlash was swift.
“Chris Dodd” was soon trending on Twitter Monday morning. A chorus of voices asked whether Biden had wrongly empowered an old friend from his time in the overwhelmingly male Senate to steer his potentially historic pick. They accused Dodd of singling out Harris for the kind of behavior that’s rarely criticized when a man does it — aggressively going after an opponent in a debate.
“Hey @SenChrisDodd,” Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen wrote on Twitter. “This is the kind of crappy behavior this process doesnt need. Shut up.” Biden himself arrived at a news conference prepared with talking points about Harris, expecting questions.
And on ABC’s “The View” Tuesday, Sunny Hostin raised the issue again.
“I was thinking, how many times are woman told to stay in their place?” Hostin said, “to do something that is different than what men always do?”
Sources close to Dodd and those with knowledge of the selection process said his role is no larger than that of the other three search committee members.
But dozens of Democrats — including former aides of VP short-listers, party leaders, former and current elected officials and donors — said their primary contact with the selection team has been Dodd.
Biden and Dodd were cast in the same mold. Like Biden, Dodd tried to cap a lengthy Senate career with a bid for the White House — they both ran unsuccessfully in 2008. Biden supporters and associates said the two are very close; some even described them as being like brothers.
And so when it came time to narrow his VP choice, Biden turned to his loyal friend whose political instincts he trusts….
The damage control extended into Wednesday night, when Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon seemed to address criticism that Dodd’s comments were a sign that Biden would somehow snub Harris because she showed ambition.
“Ambitious women make history, change the world, and win. Our campaign is full of ambitious women going all out for Joe Biden,”….