Michael Moore celebrates Dodd's retirement

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday basked in Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) decision to retire.

After targeting him in his latest documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story," Moore has called on Dodd — who officially announced his retirement Wednesday — to step down.

Splashed across Moore's website is a banner that reads, "There Was No Other Decision to Make: Four months after our request for him to retire, Senator Christopher Dodd agrees."


Moore claimed that, in order for Democrats to keep the longtime senator's seat, Dodd had to step down because of his role in the Countrywide Financial mortgage scandal.

In his 2009 release "Capitalism," Moore paints Dodd as an elite politician too friendly with the banking industry, making him unfit for his job as chairman on the Senate Banking Committee. The filmmaker highlights a "VIP" mortgage Dodd received under Countrywide's illicit "Friends of Angelo" program.

Though the Senate Ethics Committee cleared Dodd of wrongdoing, Moore still called for his ouster.

After it was revealed that Dodd received a "VIP" mortgage loan, his approval ratings plummeted and he appeared to be in danger of losing his seat to a Republican this year.

"Once exposed, Dodd sank in the polls. Had he run again, the Repubs would have picked up a Senate seat from CT. Now the Dems have a chance," Moore wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "Dodd was the Chair of the Sen Banking Com. He & his com over the yrs changed laws 2 make it easy for Countrywide & banks to screw people."

On his website, Moore links to two television interviews calling on the Democratic Party to dump Dodd.

"The Democratic Party needs to tell him, 'You can't run for reelection,' " Moore told NBC's Chis Matthews in September.

After Dodd announced his retirement, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) announced he would run for Dodd's seat.