Harold Ford, Jr. sells out.
Harold Ford, Jr. recognizes that New Yorkers desperately want change in the Democratic party that governs them:
There are compelling reasons for me to run [against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand]. I believe New Yorkers are hungry for a new direction in government. Our elected officials have spent too much time this past year supporting a national partisan political agenda — and not enough time looking out for their own constituents.which is why Harold Ford, Jr. strongly endorses the Democratic Party status quo candidate for Senate:
I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened.Harold Ford, Jr. talks tough, but he basically just admitted that he's as much of a bungler as any other Democrat.
I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.
I realize this announcement will surprise many people who assumed I was running. I reached this decision only in the last few days — as I considered what a primary campaign, even with the victory I saw as fully achievable, would have done to the Democratic Party.