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January 14, 2010


Is Ford Planning an Independent Bid?

Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) may be planning an independent bid in New York for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Two key factors:

  • Ford is primarily being advised by close advisers to independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
  • Ford's recent rhetoric of being "independent" from Democratic leaders makes little sense in a Democratic primary.
However, it was a conversation with someone in Ford's inner circle that convinced me this might be his ultimate strategy. If New York Republicans run a weak candidate, he could essentially follow the Joe Lieberman path to the Senate.

An interesting side note: Both Lieberman and Ford were heads of the Democratic Leadership Council.












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