Friday, July 31, 2009

Senator Christopher Dodd Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

From the Hartford Courant, "Dodd Diagnosed With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer" (via Memeorandum):

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U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

Dodd is scheduled to undergo surgery during the Senate's August recess and said he expects to be back at work after a "brief recuperation" at home.

"It's something that's very common among men my age,'' said Dodd, who is 65 and the father of two young daughters. "In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their life.''

Dodd, a Democrat, said he feels fine and intends to run for re-election in November 2010. "As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately,'' he said. "And that will continue."
Read the rest, here.

My best wishes go out to Senator Dodd and his family.

Politically, Dodd is currently in a tough spot.
A poll out last week found Dodd trailing likely Republican challenger Rob Simmons 48 to 39 percent.

Plus, there's increasing revelations concerning Dodd's "special VIP treatment" from Countrywide Home Loans when he refinanced both of his homes in 2003 (see, "
Dodd's Lingering VIP Problem"). Michelle Malkin has more, "Unscrupulous Borrowers: Democrats Dodd & Conrad Knew About VIP Treatment."

We'll know more in time, but political scandal is an incumbent-killer, and whispering campaigns questioning Dodd's health and vigor certainly won't help his prospects.


Dave said...

Fear not, Sen. Dodd, because under ObamaCare, our soon to be two-tiered health care system will take very good care of those of you circulating amongst the ruling classes.

I mean, so what if some American kids out there in flyover country lose their grandparents before they get the chance to learn to hunt and/or fish, or make granny's super-secret, triple-breaded fried chicken, potato salad, and biscuits?

Sure, I feel for his family, too, yet I cannot help but wonder about all the families whose loved ones will be similarly diagnosed and may be denied treatment by a postal service reject due to their age?