The Great 2010 Cashout: Dodd choosing Hollywood over hedge funds? 

With an unusual number of departing senators and congressmen, K Street has a large crop of available "talent" to choose from. So two weeks ago, I posted my predictions of where the retiring or defeated senators are going. I guessed Chris Dodd would go to work for a hedge fund. The latest intelligence suggests I was wrong, the New York Times reports:

HOLLYWOOD is used to casting tricky roles, but one seems to have the industry stumped: chief lobbyist in Washington.

The job, as chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, is supposed to be one of the most coveted gigs around. Mingling with moviedom’s A-list. Hosting Champagne-soaked screenings for star politicians. A $1.2 million salary. What’s not to like?

... Now a new round of interviews is under way. According to a headhunter with knowledge of the search, but who asked for anonymity because the search is private, one candidate is Christopher J. Dodd, the powerful Democratic senator from Connecticut, who is retiring. Bill Richardson, the exiting governor of New Mexico, is also in the mix, this person said.

Again, my full Senate predictions are here.

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