Dodd Says He Will Filibuster FISA

Yesterday, Senator Chris Dodd sent out an email sent he was putting a hold on the FISA legislation. Today he took it a step further announcing “he is prepared to go to the Senate floor and filibuster.” It’s awesome that he’s willing to stand up and fight the FISA bill. Watch the video:

And here’s the latest email from Dodd’s campaign on his plans “stop this horrible bill any way he can”:

Are you willing to go to the mat to restore the Constitution?

Just last night, we heard there are plans to disregard Senator Dodd’s intention to place a hold on a FISA bill that includes amnesty for telecommunications companies.

That would be a pretty extraordinary move, but Chris Dodd has pledged to stop this horrible bill any way he can.

So if the hold is not honored, he is prepared to go to the Senate floor and filibuster.

Rolling back the Bush Administration assault on the rule of law has been a major focus of Chris Dodd’s work in the Senate — and it’s also a centerpiece in his campaign for President.

Your contribution will help us take our message of restoring the Constitution through the cornfields of Iowa, the streets of New Hampshire, and into the White House.

Democrats were elected to change the course of this country – to restore our security and our values – and for too long Congress has not.

It’s time to take a stand.

Your support over the past twenty-four hours has been inspiring — but with both Republicans AND even a few Democrats pushing back — Senator Dodd needs it now more than ever.

There is a direct relationship between our diminished standing in the world and the current Administration’s assault on the Constitution.

Standing up for the values enshrined in that document doesn’t make us more vulnerable … they make us more secure.

The Senator likes to say that if he is sworn in at noon on January 20, 2009, he’ll begin restoring the Constitution by 1 P.M.

You can help get him there right now.

This fight has just begun. We’ll be in touch in the coming days with meaningful avenues for participation to make sure we stop this bill.

Tim Tagaris
Chris Dodd for President

This is move that will definitely garner support for Dodd from the netroots, as TIME’s Karen Tumulty notes. In fact:

Dodd has raised more small-dollar contributions in the last 24 hours than he did in the previous month. Sevugan also says the number of visits to his website is up tenfold, as is the number of people registering their e-mail addresses there.

It will be interesting to see if Dodd gets any sort of bump in the next polls. Personally, I like Chris Dodd a lot. His stance is very strong on many issues that concern me. He’s a dark horse at this point, but that could change… And this could be the catalyst for the change.

H/T to Jane Hamsher at FDL for the video. There seems to be some concern over Dodd’s move in Weekly Standardville. Will the wingnuts chime in? There’s more at Election Central.

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2 Responses to Dodd Says He Will Filibuster FISA

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    The dynastic Senator Dodd has never impressed me (I never really cared for Gore taking his daddy’s seat either). However, if this latest situation turns out to be something other than just so much grandstanding I will definitely raise my opinion of him to the upper ecehlons of the current Democratic heirarchy.

  2. Sharon D'Agostino says:

    Hurray for you! Somebody willing to stand up and put the brakes on this run-away train wreck of the Bushies. I support you one hundred percent. Any free thinking American knows that you don’t give up your rights so you can be ‘safe and secure in your country’. It’s just like with gun control. Gun control would only keep the guns out of law abiding citizens hands, not the criminals. There will always be guns out there for criminals. It is not with giving up our rights to be ‘safer’. The only thing that will happen for sure is that we will be a lot less free. That’s not a trade I’m willing to make. Also, I’m not living my life afraid of terrorists or terrorism and I’m sick and tired of somebody else being afraid for me. If we don’t take care to keep our constitution in tact we will find ourselves in a dictatorship or as I suspect Bush secretly wishes, we will find ourselves nothing more than serfs under the rule of a tyrantical king. The executive branch of our government needs to be reined in and quickly. You go, Mr. Dodd!