Harold Ford Jr. chickened out of challenging the Chuck Schumer-annointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the New York Democratic primary.
Gillibrand should have been easy pickings. She was appointed by the discredited New York Governor David Patterson and embraced by the party bosses. Now, in an effort to broaden her base so to speak, she has in turn embraced the self-described Communist Van Jones by agreeing to appear with him in a forum sponsored by the far Left, anti-Israel group, the Advocacy Project. She has also supported ACORN.
Ford tried to explain his ‘reasons’ for not taking on Van Jones’ new found friend in a New York Times op-ed article today.
After recounting how the party bosses tried to intimidate him into not running (which they obviously succeeded in doing), Harold Ford fizzled like the disastrous Ford automobile, the Edsel.
Harold Ford tried to wrap his capitulation to the party bosses in high-minded rhetoric that he was acting for the good of the party:
If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary primary…I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York
Really? Then why did he say earlier in the same op-ed piece that it was the Democratic party bosses who were responsible for putting Democratic control of the Senate at risk? How would handing the party bosses a victory by not challenging their hand-picked candidate counter that risk?
We all know the real reasons why Ford chickened out. He determined that he couldn’t overcome Gillibrand’s fund-raising advantage. And he likes that big fat Wall Street compensation he has been receiving from Merrill Lynch, which he would have lost if he decided to run against Gillibrand. Plus he would have had to defend his Wall Street pay package against charges that he was profiting from taxpayer bail-out money and was out of touch with the ordinary New Yorker.
Ford was right that Gillibrand is little more than a pawn of the party bosses. Add to that her out-reach to the far Left. But it remains for an effective Republican challenger to teach the bosses a lesson and to remove Van Jones’ new friend from the Senate.