DES MOINES — Forget politics, the concern of Chris Dodd's 6-year-old daughter is that Santa Claus won't find her in Iowa.
The Democratic presidential candidate recently moved his family, wife Jackie and daughters Grace and 2-year-old Christina, from Washington to Iowa in advance of the Jan. 3 caucuses. Jackie Dodd said Monday that the girls are adjusting well to their extended stay in Des Moines, where the family has rented a house until the caucuses. The Dodds also enrolled Grace in kindergarten at a nearby public school.
But Jackie Dodd said Grace is concerned that Santa won't get word of their move.
“Right now, her biggest worry is that Santa may not find her here,” she said.
And then there's the fireplace.
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“There's a fireplace in this new home, but it doesn't really work and she thinks it's too small for Santa,” Jackie Dodd said. “She's a little concerned that reindeer can't land anywhere.”
All of this has required a few reassuring talks. And for the most part, the transition has gone well, she said.
“She's doing better than I would do at that age,” Jackie Dodd said. “We're really happy. It's a hard transition when you take little ones into a new spot.”