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Last Build Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 06:02:23 -0600

Copyright: Copyright 2009

Greenwich Democrat Explores Challenge to Dodd in Connecticut

Fri, 03 Apr 2009 06:02:23 -0600

The father of four children between the ages of 9 and 16, Pearson has some experience with the plunging prospects of previously unassailable politicians. The collapse of the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 in June, 1983, caused prolonged mayhem on the streets of Greenwich as the main northbound artery in the northeast remained closed for 6 months. That fall Pearson defeated Greenwich First Selectwoman Rebecca Breed, a rising star in Republican politics who'd been tagged with the failure to alleviate her tony town's misery.

The Stamford lawyer has had a diverse and eclectic career. In the 1970s and 1980s, he traveled the world representing professional tennis players. The New York Military Academy classmate of Donald Trump currently practices real estate, corporate and land use law.

Pearson's contrarian instincts were on display in 2006 when he supported Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for the Senate and incumbent Joseph Lieberman when he ran in the general election as an independent after losing his party's nomination to Lamont. Pearson says he switched to Lieberman because he "wasn't happy with some of the answers" given during the fall campaign. Lieberman disappointed Pearson by failing to support a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq after winning re-election.

Calling himself "reasonably bipartisan," Pearson says he doesn't want to repeat the mistake he thinks he made in 1987 when he sat out a special election for Congress after the death of Republican Stewart McKinney.

Dodd's Wife a Former Director of Bermuda-Based IPC Holdings, an AIG Controlled Company

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:26:05 -0600

Clegg was compensated for her duties to the company, which was managed by a subsidiary of AIG. In 2003, according to a proxy statement, Clegg received $12,000 per year and an additional $1,000 for each Directors' and committee meeting she attended. Clegg served on the Audit and Investment committees during her final year on the board.

IPC paid millions each year to other AIG-related companies for administrative and other services. Clegg was a diligent director. In 2003, the proxy statement report, she attended more than 75% of board and committee meetings. This while she served as the managing partner of Clegg International Consultants, LLC, which she created in 2001, the year she joined the board of IPC. (See Dodd's public financial disclosure reports with the Senate from 2001-2004 here.)

Dodd is likely more familiar with the complicated workings of AIG than he was letting on last week. This week may provide him with another opportunity to refresh his recollections.