Cohen Gets a Ford Endorsement… 

It ain’t Junior, or not that Junior, a certain senatorial candidate whose many talents include an unmatched agility in straddling controversial issues. This endorsement comes from Joe Ford Jr., the relative newcomer to Memphis-area politics who proved engaging enough to voters to finish third in this month’s Democratic primary balloting for the 9th District congressional seat. “I support Steve Cohen. I’ve always said I’d endorse the winner of the Democratic primary. I respect the process,” says young Joe, an entertainment lawyer just now finishing up some business in California but determined, he said, to return to Memphis to forge his legal and political future.

Nothing against cousin Jake Ford, running as an independent for the 9th District seat. “I wish him well in everything he does. I just think Democrats have an obligation to support the party nominee.” What about cousin Harold Ford Jr.’s studied neutrality? “He’s got his own situation to think of. I respect that.”


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  • There's a Ford in Their Future!

    Long before the last votes were being tallied in last Thursday’s elections in Shelby County and the rest of Tennessee, TIME Magazine was shaping up what appears to have been planned originally as a cover article but was shoved inside by the worsening war in Lebanon. Oh well, Harold, can’t have everything! But Rep. Ford would seem to have the national media’s full blessings in his Senate race. To see the four-page TIME article, go here. To read about a Harold-Ford-Lovefest participated in by Ann Coulter (yes, that Ann Coulter), go here. And for the Flyer’s take on this, on the Charter Commission results, and on misprisions in the 9th district race, go to “Political Beat, ” here.
    • Aug 9, 2006
  • A Ford in Our Future?

    "He came from Memphis with an entourage that included his driver, aides, a local volunteer coordinator and his own show car."

    Elvis? Justin Timberlake? Nope. Harold Ford Jr., who explains in a story about the Tennessee Senate race in the Jackson Sun.

    "The father of one of our contributors had a yellow '38 Ford panel truck he let us take around," he said. "It's great for doing the parades. People watch it, but I was walking behind."

    For more of the Sun's take on the race, go here. For the Flyer's comprehensive Senate story, go here.

    • Jul 24, 2006
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