Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. and his wife Emily now live in New York City and there is a lot of buzz about the former U.S. Senate candidate from Tennessee running for the U.S. Senate from New York. It is the seat that was held by another carpetbagger—Hillary Clinton—before she left to become Secretary of State. It has been filled by what many Democrats see as a weak former Congresswoman, Kirsten Gillibrand, who might not be able to fend off possible Republican candidates Rudy Giuliani or George Pataki. She is polling at 25 percent approval and 24 percent aren’t sure who she is.
Back in Tennessee, political observers think Ford reached his apogee here in an open Senate race, narrowly losing to Bob Corker. Ford passed on challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and on entering the Tennessee governor’s race.
Ford makes frequent television appearances as a political commentator on MSNBC and has been chair of the Democratic Leadership Council. But does it make him high-profile enough for New York? The state also elected newly arrived U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. But Ford doesn’t have the name ID of a Kennedy or Clinton. Just better than Gillibrand?