- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Embattled Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd is striking a defiant tone, saying he’s more concerned about fixing the ailing economy than saving his job.

Dodd, speaking in his home state of Connecticut Friday, said voters are “sick and tired” of the torrent of negative politics.

The Democrat has come under heavy criticism for his stance on executive bonuses at American International Group. He vowed “to do my job” and said the problems and controversies swirling about the insurance company will take care of themselves.

Dodd’s political stock has slipped amid the financial crisis, stoking concerns among Democrats that they may need to pursue a political bailout of the veteran senator.

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