Chris Dodd, ’08 Darkhorse?

Among the potential Democratic presidential contenders making the rounds in entertainment circles in recent weeks has been Chris Dodd, the Connecticut senator and “one of Washington’s consumate insiders,” in the words of the New York Observer. The paper’s Jason Horowitz looks at his potential candidacy, which has so far been largely overshadowed by others in the very early speculation about 2008. As one of the crowd of candidates hoping to be the alternative to Hillary Clinton, should she run, Dodd is pitching himself as a man with a plan for Iraq. He calls for redeploying troops from the urban areas to regions to the north and to Kuwait and Afghanistan, and, even though he has been in the Senate for 25 years, says that he has “sort of a fresh face.”

Helping him in his potential presidential run — Dodd will announce after the beginning of the year — is Richard Plepler, HBO’s executive vice president and a former aide to the senator. Among those who’ve done meet and greets with Dodd is Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, who says,  “I’m not saying I prefer Senator Dodd to Senator Clinton. I haven’t met most of the candidates. But I could see myself supporting him, sure.”

Again, it’s still a long way to 2008, but contenders are very much lining up potential support and donors in advance of making kickoff announcements early next year.

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