Harold Ford Jr. In The Advocate

The Advocate has a story today on the withdrawal of Harold Ford Jr’s from the New York Senate Race. Political insiders say it was a feisty group of LGBT activists whose organized push made Ford rethink a possible run.

Ford disagrees. Strongly.

Ford addressed the role gay activists played in ending his could-be candidacy Tuesday evening after an event cosponsored by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and Young Professionals for Change in New York City. The meeting was a holdover invitation from the time between January and March when he contemplated a primary challenge against U.S. senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I think people are entitled to their opinions, but they’re also entitled to be wrong, and I think they’re wrong,” said Ford, in response to a question about whether the outcry from LGBT activists factored into his decision not to pursue a senate bid.

During the time he considered a candidacy, Ford came under fire from women’s groups, labor unions, and LGBT activists, a key coalition in Democratic primaries dominated by more liberal downstate New York voters. Gay activists in particular objected to Ford’s two votes for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006, coupled with accusations from Memphis gay activists that he promised them he would vote against the measure. As a potential senate candidate in 2010, Ford said he had “evolved” to support marriage equality.

Ford goes on to say he didn’t really understand what the fuss was about at the Stonewall meeting.  He didn’t rule out running again in the future, citing that politics was and has always been a big part of his life.

Read the whole thing at the Advocate.

4 comments for “Harold Ford Jr. In The Advocate

  1. June 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    It wasn’t Gays that pushed Ford to abandon the race, it was everybody who knows what a lying punk he really is. His record is readily available with a simple Google or a trip to TN420 or Black Commentator.

    He was an ardent Bush supporter and that is the only reason needed to reject him completely. He stood against most Progressive principals and worked hard to muffle the Liberal voice.
    The Dems in NY know what he is, and those who didn’t read posts by myself and thousands of others on NY websites warning them about this two-faced wretch constantly.

    Of all Right-Leaning Democrats Harold Ford Jr. is the very, very worst. Cannot be trusted, should not be elected.

  2. June 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    This would be one of those rare times we disagree, captainkona. I actually think that Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, and of course Joementum are all worse than Ford. If Ford was in the Senate, I don’t think he’d be quite as bad as those four.

  3. June 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I should amend my previous statement to qualify that I am only talking about votes, and not the overflow of their mouths. In terms of bad PR, Ford would outpace them all, even Holy Joe.

  4. July 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I fully understand where you’re coming from, auto.

    I don’t think Ford has had as many opportunities to do harm as those you pointed out. But I remain assured that if Ford was a sitting Senator during the Health Reform legislation that he would have been one of the stronger voices against. Especially the Public Option.

    I rate him lower than the others because none of them, like Red Joe, attempt to hide their Right-Leaning ways. Lieberman is a Neocon and that fact is evident every time he opens his mouth.
    Ford will address an anti-war crowd and claim to be anti-war. The next day he addresses a conservanoid crowd and he’s all about slaughtering ragheads.

    He’s a deceiver. Something I especially despise.

    But your point, again, is rock solid. Those Democraps you mentioned above are among the lowest of the low.

    Regards, my friend. 🙂

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