February 16, 2005


Rep. Ford will run for Frist's seat (Bob Cusack and Hans Nichols, 2/16/05, The Hill)

Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) is expected to announce next week that he will run for the Senate, seeking to replace Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) when he retires in 2006. [...]

President Bush won Tennessee 57 to 43 percent, and Ford would face an uphill battle to win statewide. The fifth-term congressman, whose father held the same seat for 22 years, has recently seen his statewide prospects hindered by his family name. His uncle, state Sen. John Ford, is embroiled in a child payment scandal and recently testified in juvenile court that he keeps two homes and lives with two different women whose children he fathered. The scandal has received considerable attention in Tennessee and has dominated political conversation among Democrats speculating about Ford’s plans.

The source said business leaders in Memphis are lining up behind Ford and noted that the congressman is conservative on fiscal matters. Ford last year indicated support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) Social Security reform bill.

If he'd just switch parties he'd be a lock, but he won't win running as a Democrat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2005 7:11 PM

Running at the same time as Bredesen is seeking re-election will help, though Dean and the national Democratic Party will probably have to be given a restraining order to stay at least three states away from Tennessee to avoid having their actions become an issue in Ford's Senate race.

Posted by: John at February 16, 2005 11:18 PM

GOP should hold this seat but will need a decent candidate to hold off Ford.

Posted by: AWW at February 16, 2005 11:46 PM

Harold Ford is actually a guy I could vote for, and there are maybe only 10 Democrats on the entire earth I could could say that about.

Posted by: AML at February 17, 2005 7:55 AM

His father was a crook too, wasn't he?

Posted by: Bob at February 17, 2005 9:47 AM