Not having the warmest personality, former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has received a cold shoulder from New Yorkers.
Pro- choice and gay rights groups are sharpening their knives and waiting to go on the attack against the former Congressman's record. Wasting no time Ford took his bona fides to the Post to straightened things out.
"It's true: I am strongly considering running for the United States Senate. I do so because our best as a nation has always come when we test our ideas and ourselves, and when we trust competition to refine the steel of our convictions and the truth of our arguments. Some have already questioned whether I should be running. Others are falsifying my record in public life. New Yorkers deserve a free election. New Yorkers expect a politics where politicians do what's right based on independent judgment, free of political bosses trying to dictate."
He says that he is pro- choice — and will always be has been(despite calling himself "pro- life" on video) . He says he plans to continue "promoting gun safety and handgun control, " and he writes that he "enjoyed uninterrupted support from organized labor throughout my time in Congress. "
About civil unions? he supports them. And like Sen. Schumer, "after responding to and participating in the national conversation about full equality and fairness, " now supports gay marriage. "In my three years here, I've learned that New York does not go along to get along. New York does not follow. New York is where the nation had to learn to lead, grow and build, " he concludes. "I hope we all will welcome a debate about who's best to work for New York."
Harold Ford Jr. has one great advantage that Kirsten Gillibrand doesn't have: He is a carpetbagger--and New Yorkers like them.