Mendon resident reflects on Sen. Dodd’s retirement

The announcement that Democratic U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut wold not be running for re-election came as bad news for a Mendon woman who got to know him after her son was killed in Iraq.Kathy Snyder, Vice President of the Cache County Democratic Party, says she feels Dodd made the right decision but she says he will be greatly missed. Snyder says he’s been an effective senator working hard especially for health care and financial reform.Syder’s son talked to Senator Dodd when he came to Iraq and Dodd later quoted some of her son’s concerns in a Senate hearing. A month later Brian was killed in Iraq and she says Dodd has embraced his family and kept in touch with them since.”We were able to see him at the inauguration,” Snyder says “and then Charlotte, my daughter-in-law, and our grandkids and I were in Washington, D.C. last May for a grief counseling session. It’s a national program and were able to visit with the Senator again then. He’s just always been very generous with his time.”Snyder says the Senator is very kind and generous and she has heard that comment from many other people.

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