DODD UP FOR $1.2 MILLION-A-YEAR HOLLYWOOD GIG?

There has been a lot of speculation as to what retiring US Senator Chris Dodd will do now. Still an energetic 66-years old and still hugely influential, Dodd carries the gravitas that many industries desire. His name has been mentioned as a potential president of the University of Connecticut (won’t happen) and WFSB-TV (Channel 3) anchor and host of “Face the State” Dennis House (a Shad favorite) is fond of asking politicians what should be named after Dodd (guests on the show seem to be caught off guard by the question even though House has asked it of more than one politician).

How about chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America–you know, Hollywood’s lobbyist? It pays $1.2 million a year; Dodd would get to hang out with movie stars as well as his former colleagues in Congress; he’d continue to be the center of attention (something all retiring politicians have a hard time giving up); he’d get to host lavish screenings of the hottest new movies and he’d probably still be asked to appear on the “Imus in the Morning” radio program. What’s not to like?

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Dodd is under consideration for the post along with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and others. It also reports that the gig may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.

The thought here is that Dodd would be great in the position. And chances are, the movie association will do a better job picking its chief than UConn which last chose a guy who spent the taxpayers’ money lavishly while situating his starting blocks at the door.