Clooney or Connecticut?

Connecticut’s top Democrat won’t hold it against former Sen. Chris Dodd if he has developed a man crush on a certain Hollywood leading man: George Clooney.

Dodd, who retired from the Senate at the end of 2010 and is now the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, has a standing invitation from the state party to be a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte the first week of September.

The question is, will he accept it?

Or will Dodd choose the company of President Obama’s celebrity admirers, led by Clooney, who raised $15 million for the incumbent’s re-election during a recent star-studded fundraiser at Clooney’s Studio City, Calif., home.

“If I were the senator, what do you think?” a chuckling Nancy DiNardo, the state Democratic chairwoman, told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.


Dodd spokesman Bryan DeAngelis confirmed that the Beltway fixture, who retired at the end of 2010, is on board for the convention.

“Senator Dodd is planning to attend this year’s convention,” DeAngelis wrote in an e-mail.

Super delegate status is usually reserved for current members of Congress, as well as party leaders.

Dodd qualifies as a super delegate by virtue of having served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997.

“He will, therefore, be in Charlotte as both of member of the CT delegation and in his role as head of the MPAA,” DeAngelis said.

Neil Vigdor