Bad Precedent for Harold Ford, Jr.'s New York Aspirations

So former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. may be running for the U.S. Senate from New York, his home for the last three years. (You heard it here first, some weeks ago.) Can an officeholder from Tennessee go to another state and be successful?

Your mother or grandmother may recall that Tennessee had a U.S. Senator named Bill Brock, who defeated U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. But when Brock lost his seat to Jim Sasser, he went to Washington, held a variety of posts, and lived in a Washington suburb in Maryland. Brock eventually ran for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, winning the Republican primary. But he was soundly defeated by incumbent U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes in the general.

Then there was Congressman Davy Crockett who went to Texas to add a little war to his resume before he ran for president. But there was that whole Alamo thing, which screwed up his plans.