The Parallels of 1970 and 2010

A Senator named Dodd was at the end of his career.   Republicans were hoping a wealthy candidate from Greenwich would replace him.   A popular governor had decided not to seek re-election.   Sound familiar?  That was 1970, and there are certainly similarities to 2010. 

40 years ago, Senator Thomas Dodd, a two-term Democrat,  was damaged by scandal and seen as un-electable.   Lowell Weicker was the GOP’s choice to run for his seat and then Congessman Thomas Meskill was the party’s candidate for governor.   Democrat John Dempsey had decided not to run for re-election after being governor for all of the 1960s minus one year.    Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello was the Republican nominee for the 1st congressional district.  

The highlight of the ’70 fall campaign was a visit to Hartford and Stamford by President Richard Nixon.  This Sunday on “Face the State” we dig into the WFSB film archives to show you his trip to the capital city.    Note the motorcade; just seven years after President Kennedy was assassinated, President Nixon was still out in the open as he traveled through the throngs lining the streets of downtown Hartford.  Such presidential events really don’t exist anymore.

Tune in this Sunday at 11AM for Face the State. 

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2 Responses

  1. I was not aware of the information regarding Chris Dodd’s father. It is a long process in learning a lot of the political history in this state. It’s a long process.

    It is interesting to note from your report here that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Thank you for an interesting report.

  2. Dennis,

    There were also parallels on the military front. Vietnam was much in the public eye. Today, Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history. In 1970, Weicker was a notorious war hawk. During one of his speeches he suggested that war protestors such as Joe Duffy — who ran an independent that year, facilitating Weicker’s election – should be cooling his heels in jail, along with other protestors. Today, opposition to the war in Afghanistan has dwindled down to Cindy Sheehan, who recently challenged President Barack Obama’s mouthpiece to… well, you know about that. Only recently has Weicker publicly expressed regret for the statements he made in 1970 about Chris Dodd’s father.

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