Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall.
He has told friends that, while he is convinced he could prevail against Ms. Gillibrand, he feared the winner of the primary would have little money and remain highly vulnerable to a well-financed Republican challenger at a time when the Democratic party controls the Senate by a slim majority.
Ford decided not to run because a) he's got a tax problem b) his roll-out campaign was one of the most inept I've ever seen c) Gillibrand outpolls him by 27 points and d) he gets this kind of reception when he goes to talk to Democrats on the stump:
This did not go well for Harold. If he had supporters, it was not evident. Many people held picket signs, with words like "Anti-gay liar," "Liar," and "Snakeoil Harold." If not for the efforts of organizers, it would have devolved into a real scene.
The loudest applause came when Lt. Dan Choi expressed support for incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He told Ford he seemed to be asking our community to "fire her" to reward her for her fierce advocacy.
Ford didn't do himself any favors by asking a questioner to clarify what "Lawrence v. Texas" was. Ladies will be glad to hear the room was equally activated when Ford tried to distance himself from his pro-life past.
The session was brief, lasting just 20 minutes. It appeared to be cut short when the room burst out in chants of:
Snakeoil Harold, go away."
Anyway, it's good to see the candidacy of this charter school advocate and corporate whore/ sell-out implode under the weight of his own hypocrisy and ineptitude.