Connecticut: Schiff Ponders Possible Challenge to Dodd
June 11, 2009
By Shira Toeplitz
Roll Call Staff
Businessman Peter Schiff (R) visited Washington, D.C., this week to meet with reporters and GOP campaign officials concerning a bid against Sen. Chris Dodd (D) in 2010.
Schiff said he met with several reporters and was planning to sit down with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) on his trip. Several former supporters of Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign started a movement to draft Schiff earlier this year, but he only started looking at a bid himself recently.
Schiff, who runs a brokerage firm, is best known for predicting the financial crisis on television and for writing a couple of books on the issue.
“I can see the trend that’s in motion right now and I know that everything the government does is going to make this problem much worse,” he said. “And of course every time they make the problem worse, they have the same solution. They say we just need even more government.”
If Schiff decided to run, he would join an already crowded GOP primary field with former Rep. Rob Simmons, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former ambassador Tom Foley. Public polls show Dodd as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent.
In an interview with Roll Call, Schiff said he was new to politics and only recently registered as a Republican in Weston.
“I don’t know when the last time I voted was,” Schiff said. “You can’t blame me for any of the politicians. I didn’t vote for them.”
Schiff has solicited Wilson Research Strategies to help him gauge a potential bid.