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    Politician: Harold Ford, Jr. Representative from Tennessee / 9th District Term of office: 1997-present Political party: Democrat Preceded by: Harold Ford, Sr.
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 28, 2006
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      Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.  
       
       

      Representative from
      Tennessee /
      9th District

      Term of office:
      1997-present

      Political party:
      Democrat

      Preceded by:
      Harold Ford, Sr.

      Born:
      May 11, 1970
      Memphis, Tennesee


      Spouse:
      Single

      MGM-Mixed/Mixed-Race Politician
      Harold Eugene Ford, Jr.

      (born May 11, 1970) ... is a member of the
      United States House of
      Representatives from
      Tennessee ... representing the state's 9th
      Congressional district, based in Memphis.

      A member of the Democratic Party, he was selected
      as his party's candidate for the Senate seat being
      vacated by retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist.

      His opponent is Republican nominee Bob Corker,
      former mayor of Chattanooga , in the general election.

      He is a centrist or moderate and a
      member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

      Early history

      Ford is the son of former Congressman
      Harold Ford, Sr. and Dorothy Ford.

      He has three brothers--Jake, Isaac,
      and Andrew--and one sister, Ava.

      His family has long been prominent
      in Memphis ' "black" community.

      He graduated from St. Albans School for Boys in
      Washington , D.C. and received a B.A. from the
      University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in
      1992 and a J.D. from the University of

      Michigan Law School in 1996.

      He sat for and failed to pass the Tennessee
      Bar Exam in 1998, but publicly
      acknowledged that he would try again.

      House of Representatives

      In 1992 he was a staff aide to the Senate Budget
      Committee and in 1993 he was special assistant
      to the United States Department of Commerce.

      Harold, Sr. had long groomed Harold, Jr. as his successor.

      When Harold, Sr. decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress
      in 1996, Harold, Jr. wasted little time entering the race.

      Although the race for the Democratic nomination was
      essentially over as soon as he jumped in, he arranged
      his schedule for his last semester at Michigan so he
      would not have Monday or Friday classes.

      He was thus able to fly home to Memphis for an extended
      weekend each week to continue his campaign.

      As expected, he easily won the Democratic primary,
      which was tantamount to election in the
      heavily Democratic, "black"-majority 9th.

      He has been reelected four times
      without serious Republican opposition.

      In 2000, Ford was the keynote speaker for
      the 2000 Democratic National Convention
      supporting then Vice President Al Gore for
      the Democratic nomination for President.

      Ford's voting record is considered much more moderate
      than conventional wisdom would suggest for a district
      like the 9th, even though Republicans have not seriously
      contested the district since 1978 (Harold, Sr. ran
      unopposed in 1980, and the district was redrawn
      as a "black"-majority district after that year's census).

      His popularity among white voters in the Memphis area
      has steadily increased during his decade in Congress;
      in 2000, for instance, he won 40% of the white vote.

      Ford is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, the
      Congressional Black Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition.

      After the 2002 elections resulted in Democrats losing
      Congressional seats, Ford announced his candidacy for House
      Democratic Leader, challenging then-House Minority Whip
      Nancy Pelosi, arguing that current leadership was ineffective.

      Ford was defeated, but exceeded initial expectations
      in terms of the amount of support he received.

      A few pundits suggested that he might be nominated as the
      Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate in 2004 however,
      he was ineligible for the office because he would be four months
      short of turning 35 on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2005).

      2006 Senate campaign


      Main article: Tennessee United States Senate election, 2006

      Congressman Ford giving a speech
      Congressman Ford giving a speech

      On April 6, 2005, during an interview on C-SPAN's
      call-in show Washington Journal, Ford confirmed
      that he would be running for the Senate.

      He filed the papers necessary to officially begin
      his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005.

      Ford has raised in excess of $4
      million for his Senate campaign.

      Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita
      briefly challenged Ford for the nomination,
      but dropped out of the primary due to inadequate
      fundraising, handing Ford the nomination.

      On August 3, 2006, Ford overwhelmingly
      won the Democratic primary.

      After the primary, Ford's supporters held a large
      victory celebration at Nashville 's LP Field.

      Among the speakers was former
      U.S. President Bill Clinton.

      Ford' s opponent is Republican
      Bob Corker in the November election.
      [1]

      Not long after Corker's primary victory
      was assured, Ford challenged Corker to
      seven televised debates across the state.

      In response, Corker said he would debate Ford,
      though he did not agree to seven debates.
      [2]

      Corker and Ford were scheduled to participate
      in televised debates in Memphis on October
      7, in Chattanooga on October 10, and
      in Nashville on October 28.
      [3]

      NBC's Meet the Press extended an invitation
      for the candidates to debate on the
      nationally-televised show in January 2006.

      Ford accepted the invitation, stating
      that "any weekend would work for him."
      The Corker campaign, however, "has thus far not
      given [Meet the Press] a date they wanted to do it
      and have not said they want to do it for sure .
      nine months after the invitations have gone out."
      [4]

      Throughout the campaign, the media has consistently
      pointed out that if elected, Ford would be the first ever
      popularly elected Senator of the largely Multi-Racial
      Ethnic group known as `
      African-American' ---
      from the South--- since Reconstruction.
      [7]

      External links

      Related Links:

      http://www.haroldfordjr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33
      http://www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/dir_2004/1423/t_cover.html
      http://www.house.gov/ford/
      www.fordfortennessee.com
      http://www.answers.com/topic/harold-ford-jr
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Ford%2C_Sr 

      Harold Ford, Jr.
    • tlbaker1
      Did anyone see those really bad negative campaign ads by his opponent w/the white woman saying come baby light my fire or something to that effect, ... I
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 28, 2006
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        Did anyone see those really bad negative campaign
        ads by his opponent w/the white woman saying come
        baby light my fire or something to that effect,
        --- don't remember the whole thing.
        I didn't see them first hand and I am in NY but
        saw it on the news one night and some advertising
        expert was saying it was discriminatory due to
        the old or maybe not so old stereotype involving
        "black" men and 'White' women, I was shocked that
        they would point that out on national
        television but glad that they did.

         

        Lynne

         


        From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
        On Behalf Of
        multiracialbookclub
        Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 6:19 PM
        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Mixed-Race Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.

         

        Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.  

         

         

        Representative from
        Tennessee / 9th District


        Term of office:
        1997-present

        Political party:
        Democrat

        Preceded by:
        Harold Ford, Sr.

        Born:
        May 11, 1970
        Memphis , Tennesee

        Spouse:
        Single

        MGM-Mixed/Mixed-Race Politician
        Harold Eugene Ford, Jr.
        (born May 11, 1970) ... is a member of the
        United States House of Representatives from
        Tennessee ... representing the state's 9th
        Congressional district, based in Memphis .

        A member of the Democratic Party, he was selected
        as his party's candidate for the Senate seat being
        vacated by retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist.

        His opponent is Republican nominee Bob Corker,
        former mayor of Chattanooga , in the general election.

        He is a centrist or moderate and a
        member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

        Early history

        Ford is the son of former Congressman
        Harold Ford, Sr. and Dorothy Ford.

        He has three brothers--Jake, Isaac,
        and Andrew--and one sister, Ava.

        His family has long been prominent
        in Memphis ' "black" community.

        He graduated from St. Albans School for Boys in
        Washington , D.C. and received a B.A. from the
        University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in
        1992 and a J.D. from the University of

        Michigan Law School in 1996.

        He sat for and failed to pass the Tennessee
        Bar Exam in 1998, but publicly
        acknowledged that he would try again.

        House of Representatives

        In 1992 he was a staff aide to the Senate Budget
        Committee and in 1993 he was special assistant
        to the United States Department of Commerce.

        Harold, Sr. had long groomed Harold, Jr. as his successor.

        When Harold, Sr. decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress
        in 1996, Harold, Jr. wasted little time entering the race.

        Although the race for the Democratic nomination was
        essentially over as soon as he jumped in, he arranged
        his schedule for his last semester at Michigan so he
        would not have Monday or Friday classes.

        He was thus able to fly home to Memphis for an extended
        weekend each week to continue his campaign.

        As expected, he easily won the Democratic primary,
        which was tantamount to election in the
        heavily Democratic, "black"-majority 9th.

        He has been reelected four times
        without serious Republican opposition.

        In 2000, Ford was the keynote speaker for
        the 2000 Democratic National Convention
        supporting then Vice President Al Gore for
        the Democratic nomination for President.

        Ford's voting record is considered much more moderate
        than conventional wisdom would suggest for a district
        like the 9th, even though Republicans have not seriously
        contested the district since 1978 (Harold, Sr. ran
        unopposed in 1980, and the district was redrawn
        as a "black"-majority district after that year's census).

        His popularity among white voters in the Memphis area
        has steadily increased during his decade in Congress;
        in 2000, for instance, he won 40% of the white vote.

        Ford is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, the
        Congressional Black Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition.

        After the 2002 elections resulted in Democrats losing
        Congressional seats, Ford announced his candidacy for House
        Democratic Leader, challenging then-House Minority Whip
        Nancy Pelosi, arguing that current leadership was ineffective.

        Ford was defeated, but exceeded initial expectations
        in terms of the amount of support he received.

        A few pundits suggested that he might be nominated as the
        Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate in 2004 however,
        he was ineligible for the office because he would be four months
        short of turning 35 on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2005).

        2006 Senate campaign

        Main article: Tennessee United States Senate election, 2006

        Congressman Ford giving a speech

        Congressman Ford giving a speech

         

        On April 6, 2005, during an interview on C-SPAN's
        call-in show Washington Journal, Ford confirmed
        that he would be running for the Senate.

        He filed the papers necessary to officially begin
        his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005.

        Ford has raised in excess of $4
        million for his Senate campaign.

        Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita
        briefly challenged Ford for the nomination,
        but dropped out of the primary due to inadequate
        fundraising, handing Ford the nomination.

        On August 3, 2006, Ford overwhelmingly
        won the Democratic primary.

        After the primary, Ford's supporters held a large
        victory celebration at Nashville 's LP Field.

        Among the speakers was former
        U.S. President Bill Clinton.

        Ford' s opponent is Republican
        Bob Corker in the November election.
        [1]

        Not long after Corker's primary victory
        was assured, Ford challenged Corker to
        seven televised debates across the state.

        In response, Corker said he would debate Ford,
        though he did not agree to seven debates.
        [2]

        Corker and Ford were scheduled to participate
        in televised debates in Memphis on October
        7, in Chattanooga on October 10, and
        in Nashville on October 28.
        [3]

        NBC's Meet the Press extended an invitation
        for the candidates to debate on the
        nationally-televise d show in January 2006.

        Ford accepted the invitation, stating
        that "any weekend would work for him."
        The Corker campaign, however, "has thus far not
        given [Meet the Press] a date they wanted to do it
        and have not said they want to do it for sure .
        nine months after the invitations have gone out."
        [4]

        Throughout the campaign, the media has consistently
        pointed out that if elected, Ford would be the first ever
        popularly elected Senator of the largely Multi-Racial
        Ethnic group known as `
        African-American' ---
        from the South--- since Reconstruction.
        [7]

        External links

        Related Links:

        http://www.haroldfo rdjr.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&task=view&id=33
        http://www.metropul se.com/dir_ zine/dir_ 2004/1423/ t_cover.html

        http://www.house. gov/ford/
        www.fordfortennesse e.com
        http://www.answers. com/topic/ harold-ford- jr
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Harold_Ford% 2C_Sr 

        Harold Ford, Jr.

      • multiracialbookclub
        In addition ... Harold Ford also been attacked for refusing to `One-Drop his family s lineage. As a result of his stand to acknowledged his full-lineage,
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 28, 2006
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          In addition ... Harold Ford also been attacked
          for refusing to `One-Drop' his family's lineage.

          As a result of his stand to acknowledged his full-lineage,
          politician, Harold Ford, has found himself under much
          direct attack -- in campaigns led by certain members
          of both the mainstream and the ethnic press [and even
          by some members of his own extended-family] -- just
          for having openly and publicly acknowledged the truth
          about his very obviously Mixed-Race ancestral lineage.

          Ford, who openly adheres to a socio-political
          `identification' which is commonly labeled as
          "black" ... also makes no secret of his obviously
          `White' ancestry ... and he has found himself
          to be under much attack for having done so.


          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1599295/posts
          http://www.mixedmediawatch.com/2006/03/27/is-grandma-black-or-white/ 
          http://genealogyblog.com/african-american/was-vera-d-ford-black-or-white-should-we-care-4970



          In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
          "tlbaker1" <tlbaker1@...> wrote:


          Did anyone see those really bad negative campaign
          ads by his opponent w/the white woman saying come
          baby light my fire or something to that effect,
          --- don't remember the whole thing.
          I didn't see them first hand and I am in NY but
          saw it on the news one night and some advertising
          expert was saying it was discriminatory due to
          the old or maybe not so old stereotype involving
          "black" men and 'White' women, I was shocked that
          they would point that out on national
          television but glad that they did.

          Lynne


          From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
          [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
          On Behalf Of
          multiracialbookclub
          Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 6:19 PM
          To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
          Subject:  Mixed-Race Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.


          Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.
            



          Representative from

          Tennessee / 9th District

          Term of office:
          1997-present

          Political party:
          Democrat

          Preceded by:
          Harold Ford, Sr.

          Born:
          May 11, 1970
          Memphis , Tennesee

          Spouse:
          Single

          MGM-Mixed/Mixed-Race Politician
          Harold Eugene Ford, Jr.
          (born May 11, 1970) ... is a member of the
          United States House of Representatives from
          Tennessee ... representing the state's 9th
          Congressional district, based in Memphis .

          A member of the Democratic Party, he was selected
          as his party's candidate for the Senate seat being
          vacated by retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist.

          His opponent is Republican nominee Bob Corker,
          former mayor of Chattanooga , in the general election.

          He is a centrist or moderate and a
          member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

          Early history

          Ford is the son of former Congressman
          Harold Ford, Sr. and Dorothy Ford.

          He has three brothers--Jake, Isaac,
          and Andrew--and one sister, Ava.

          His family has long been prominent
          in Memphis ' "black" community.

          He graduated from St. Albans School for Boys in
          Washington , D.C. and received a B.A. from the
          University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in
          1992 and a J.D. from the University of

          Michigan Law School in 1996.

          He sat for and failed to pass the Tennessee
          Bar Exam in 1998, but publicly
          acknowledged that he would try again.

          House of Representatives

          In 1992 he was a staff aide to the Senate Budget
          Committee and in 1993 he was special assistant
          to the United States Department of Commerce.

          Harold, Sr. had long groomed Harold, Jr. as his successor.

          When Harold, Sr. decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress
          in 1996, Harold, Jr. wasted little time entering the race.

          Although the race for the Democratic nomination was
          essentially over as soon as he jumped in, he arranged
          his schedule for his last semester at Michigan so he
          would not have Monday or Friday classes.

          He was thus able to fly home to Memphis for an extended
          weekend each week to continue his campaign.

          As expected, he easily won the Democratic primary,
          which was tantamount to election in the
          heavily Democratic, "black"-majority 9th.

          He has been reelected four times
          without serious Republican opposition.

          In 2000, Ford was the keynote speaker for
          the 2000 Democratic National Convention
          supporting then Vice President Al Gore for
          the Democratic nomination for President.

          Ford's voting record is considered much more moderate
          than conventional wisdom would suggest for a district
          like the 9th, even though Republicans have not seriously
          contested the district since 1978 (Harold, Sr. ran
          unopposed in 1980, and the district was redrawn
          as a "black"-majority district after that year's census).

          His popularity among white voters in the Memphis area
          has steadily increased during his decade in Congress;
          in 2000, for instance, he won 40% of the white vote.

          Ford is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, the
          Congressional Black Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition.

          After the 2002 elections resulted in Democrats losing
          Congressional seats, Ford announced his candidacy for House
          Democratic Leader, challenging then-House Minority Whip
          Nancy Pelosi, arguing that current leadership was ineffective.

          Ford was defeated, but exceeded initial expectations
          in terms of the amount of support he received.

          A few pundits suggested that he might be nominated as the
          Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate in 2004 however,
          he was ineligible for the office because he would be four months
          short of turning 35 on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2005).

          2006 Senate campaign

          Main article: Tennessee United States Senate election, 2006

          Congressman Ford giving a speech

          Congressman Ford giving a speech

          On April 6, 2005, during an interview on C-SPAN's
          call-in show Washington Journal, Ford confirmed
          that he would be running for the Senate.

          He filed the papers necessary to officially begin
          his Senate campaign on May 25, 2005.

          Ford has raised in excess of $4
          million for his Senate campaign.

          Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita
          briefly challenged Ford for the nomination,
          but dropped out of the primary due to inadequate
          fundraising, handing Ford the nomination.

          On August 3, 2006, Ford overwhelmingly
          won the Democratic primary.

          After the primary, Ford's supporters held a large
          victory celebration at Nashville 's LP Field.

          Among the speakers was former
          U.S. President Bill Clinton.

          Ford' s opponent is Republican
          Bob Corker in the November election.
          [1]

          Not long after Corker's primary victory
          was assured, Ford challenged Corker to
          seven televised debates across the state.

          In response, Corker said he would debate Ford,
          though he did not agree to seven debates.
          [2]

          Corker and Ford were scheduled to participate
          in televised debates in Memphis on October
          7, in Chattanooga on October 10, and
          in Nashville on October 28.
          [3]

          NBC's Meet the Press extended an invitation
          for the candidates to debate on the
          nationally-televise d show in January 2006.

          Ford accepted the invitation, stating
          that "any weekend would work for him."
          The Corker campaign, however, "has thus far not
          given [Meet the Press] a date they wanted to do it
          and have not said they want to do it for sure .
          nine months after the invitations have gone out."
          [4]

          Throughout the campaign, the media has consistently
          pointed out that if elected, Ford would be the first ever
          popularly elected Senator of the largely Multi-Racial
          Ethnic group known as `
          African-American' ---
          from the South--- since Reconstruction.
          [7]

          External links

          Related Links:

          http://www.haroldfo rdjr.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&task=view&id=33
          http://www.metropul se.com/dir_ zine/dir_ 2004/1423/ t_cover.html

          http://www.house. gov/ford/
          www.fordfortennesse e.com
          http://www.answers. com/topic/ harold-ford- jr
          http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Harold_Ford% 2C_Sr 

          Harold Ford, Jr.

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