Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, who is linked to corporate bailouts, lobbying for Hollywood, and alleged sexual assault of a waitress at a restaurant, is among seven individuals appointed to Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential selection task force.
Dodd, the 75-year-old from Connecticut, will be joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and former Biden counsel Cynthia Hogan. Three other appointees will work specifically on vetting chosen candidates; Bob Bauer, husband to former Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn, Obama homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, and law professor Dana Remus.
Dodd also chaired the Senate Banking Committee during the 2009 financial crisis and helped create Obamacare. He served in the Senate for 30 years, but opted out of reelection in 2010 after being linked with a multibillion-dollar bailout of corporations during the financial crisis.
After his Senate retirement, Dodd served as chairman and CEO of the lobbying branch of Hollywood film studios, Motion Picture Association of America.
As Biden faces sexual assault allegations from former Senate aide Tara Reade, the selection of Dodd resurfaces assault allegations against him from 1985.
According to GQ Magazine Dodd and former Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., allegedly sexually assaulted a waitress at the Washington, D.C. restaurant, La Brasserie.
Kennedy and Dodd were inebriated in a private room with two very young blonde dates. When their dates left the table to go to the bathroom, the senators requested waitress Carla Gaviglio come to the room.
Gaviglio alleges Kennedy grabbed her and threw her on the table, scattering and breaking plates, cutlery, crystal, and candles. Kennedy then threw Gaviglio on Dodd and jumped on top of the two as he rubbed his genital area against hers, effectively creating a “waitress sandwich.”
When another waitress entered the room, Kennedy jumped off leaving Gaviglio bruised and shaken as she ran out of the private dining room. Gaviglio’s story was corroborated by another waitress, the owner of La Brasserie, and two bus boys.
“What I saw was Senator Kennedy on top of Carla, who was on top of Senator Dodd’s lap, and the tablecloth was sort of slid off the table ’cause the table was knocked over—not completely, but just on Senator Dodd’s lap a little bit, and of course the glasses and the candlesticks were totally spilled and everything. And right when I walked in, Senator Kelly jumped off…and he leaped up, composed himself and got up. And Carla jumped up and ran out of the room,” said waitress Betty Loh.
As the Biden campaign undergoes pressure to address the sexual assault allegations weighing against the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, it is a interesting choice to appoint a former senator, who also faces sexual assault allegations, to the campaign’s small vice president selection task force.