Prof. Gary Rose on Senator Dodd Retirement

News Story: January 1, 2010
"Senator Dodd's announcement that he will not seek reelection will dramatically alter both the tone and competitive character of Connecticut's rapidly approaching US senate race,” says Dr. Gary Rose, chairman of the Department of Government & Politics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“This is not to suggest that the Democrats will necessarily retain the seat with Dick Blumenthal as their candidate. The prospect of a Democratic victory is certainly much brighter, but by no means guaranteed. Republicans will re-strategize as a result of Senator Dodd's decision."  

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Dr. Gary Rose is the Chairman of the Department of Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. His teaching and research interests include American Politics, American Presidency, Presidential Elections, Constitutional Law, State and Local Government, and Political Parties.

His books include: Public Policy in Connecticut: Challenges and Perspectives; Government at the Millennium; The American Presidency Under Siege; Connecticut Politics at the Crossroads; and two editions of Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection.

He frequently provides news media with commentary and analysis regarding national and Connecticut politics. He has been quoted by media outlets including Associated Press, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Financial Times, CBS News, MSNBC, Fox News, Boston Globe, The Hill, Connecticut Magazine, Connecticut Post, The Detroit News,
Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Seattle Times.
Dr. Rose joined the Sacred Heart University faculty in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio).

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