Chris Dodd’s Me-Too Problem

Dodd Kennedy

I like Joe Biden. I plan to vote for Joe Biden. But I do think it’s a bad idea for him to put former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd as an official advisor, as with today’s announcement that Dodd is part of the Vice Presidential search committee.

Standards change, but a GQ profile on Ted Kennedy had him and Chris Dodd doing stuff that would lead to resignations today.

The woman, Carla Gaviglio, declined to be quoted in this article, but says the following account, a similar version of which first appeared in Penthouse last year, is full and accurate:

It is after midnight and Kennedy and Dodd are just finishing up a long dinner in a private room on the first floor of the restaurant’s annex. They are drunk. Their dates, two very young blondes, leave the table to go to the bathroom. (The dates are drunk too. “They’d always get their girls very, very drunk,” says a former Brasserie waitress.) Betty Loh, who served the foursome, also leaves the room. Raymond Campet, the co-owner of La Brasserie, tells Gaviglio the senators want to see her.

As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd‘s lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.

I remember thinking about the story during the Kavanaugh hearings when there were arguments that Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior as a teenager should have been relevant for whether he was on the court. This was how middle-aged senators would act, as an indication that it was a different time.

This was in a French restaurant in the middle of DC. What were they like in secluded mansions?

Chris Dodd has been retired from public office for a decade, so there wasn’t much reason for anyone to revisit these stories. If he’s making major decisions for the future of the country, such as helping select the next potential Vice President, that could change.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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