As former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs considers what to do with the abundance of free time he has since resigning the position he held for the better part of the last 30 years, rumors about possible political ambitions have begun to swirl. But while Dobbs publicly eschews either party, his financial contributions paint a slightly different story.
Not long following his resignation, Dobbs told Reuters, "I am ruling nothing out. ... I have come to no conclusions and no decisions. Do I seek to have some influence on public policy? Absolutely. Do I seek to represent and champion the middle class in this country and those who aspire to it? Absolutely. And I will."
A Texas native and resident of New Jersey, Dobbs refused to dispell speculation that he'd consider running for either the Senate in New Jersey (where Democratic Senator Bob Menendez will be up for reelection in 2012), or for president at some time in the future.
Back in 2001, Dobbs- who has raised considerable ire for what some see as an anti-immigration agenda- Dobbs and his wife both wrote checks totalling $3,000 for George W. Bush's reelection campaign less than two months after he won the presidency the first time. It was the only time- according to public records- that Dobbs or his wife have ever made political contributions.
Nonetheless, Dobbs may be tough to peg to one political party over the other. He once described himself as a "lifelong Republican", but has since stated that he is affiliated with no major party. Despite his financial support of the Bush campaign, he described both the Republican White House and the Republican-controlled Congress prior to 2006, "disgraceful." Dobbs is pro-choice, is generally supportive of gay rights and labor issues, but is highly motivated by illegal immigration and opposes gun control.
Dobbs's show on CNN, Lou Dobbs Tonight, was the highest-rated show on CNN at the time of his departure.