Harold Ford isn’t running for the U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. He explains why in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, which has already given him a lot of press in recent weeks.
I’ve said before that I’ve got little opinion about our appointed Senator Gillibrand. She’s moved to the left since being appointed by our Governor (who also isn’t running – Jesus, I go out of town for a few days and return to Paterson in full meltdown mode), which I like, but truth be told, I just don’t know that much about her.
Other people flirted with running against Kirsten. Carolyn Maloney, who represents me according to just about every online advocacy group even if I’ve never had the option of voting for her at the actual polls, was considering a primary challenge. I do like Rep. Maloney. She’s usually a reliably progressive vote. I would’ve happily voted for her in a primary to Gillibrand.
Harold Ford lumps himself together with Carolyn Maloney in discussing the enormous pressure he received to not run from the party machine. And the lack of party support is one thing he cites in his op-ed about why he won’t run.
What he doesn’t mention, of course, is that he began campaigning in earnest before he made the official decision to run. And there’s one striking absence from his list of reasons for not getting involved in the race.
New Yorkers, particularly potential Democratic primary voters, think he’s an enormous asshole. Assholes have won plenty of elections, so assholery is not an inherent deal breaker. But he came off as an incompetent, petty, utterly uninteresting, non-resident asshole.
If we New Yorkers didn’t hate Harold Ford, he’d totally run. And he is lying by omission in his op-ed.