This is big for any presidential hopeful, but it’s especially big for Chris Dodd.
It’s been rumored for days but now
it’s official

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) President Harold Schaitberger
told The Hill Monday that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has won the union’s
coveted endorsement.

In an exclusive interview with The Hill, Schaitberger said Dodd was the
candidate who had “earned their support,” and that his long legislative
record on labor’s behalf was the key to winning the endorsement. …


The move, while sure to be viewed as unexpected given Dodd’s low poll
numbers, was not entirely a surprise.

Schaitberger told The Hill earlier this month that being a front runner was
by no means a consideration in the endorsement process.

“We really do not pay attention to the polls, which I think at this
point are entertaining but ultimately useless,” Schaitberger said Monday.

Schaitberger said the union is not “naïve” as it looks to
the challenge of elevating Dodd much like it did with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
in 2004. Dodd has barely registered in most early state and national polls.

“We make decisions that in some people’s view are not conventional,”
Schaitberger said. “Whatever the D.C. people need to say, so be it.
This is for real for us.”

Fighters to back Dodd in surprise move