Re: Mixed-Race Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.
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.
"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.
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Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 6:19 PM
Subject: Mixed-Race Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.
Politician: Harold Ford, Jr.
Tennessee / 9th District
Term of office:
Harold Ford, Sr.
May 11, 1970
Memphis , Tennesee
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
- US Congress biography
- Harold Ford Jr. For U.S. Senate 2006 Unofficial Grassroots Blog
- 2006 campaign finance data
- About.com's Inside Profile of Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., 2006 Democratic Tennessee Candidate for U.S. Senate
- Harold Ford, Jr. Reaches for the Stars (TIME Magazine article)
- Why Harold Ford, Jr. Has a Shot (TIME Magazine article)
- [http://projects. washingtonpost. com/congress/ members/f000262/
Voting record maintained by the Washington Post]
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.answers. com/topic/ harold-ford- jr
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Harold_Ford% 2C_Sr