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? Hes got his own situation to think of. I respect that.
In the last two weeks of the 9th District congreessional campaign, Candidate Steve Cohen, the presumed leader in the 15-strong Democratic field, has come in for attack after attack from his opponents ranging from a push-poll (Ed Stanton) asking the districts predominantly Christian black voters how they feel about the religious views of their representative (Cohen is Jewish) to a suggestion that Cohens willingness to consider involving himself, if elected, with the Congressional Black Caucus is based on a scheme to divert money to Israel (Julian Bolton) to a scattershot attack across the board of the longtime state senators reputation (Nikki Tinker, via Emilys List mailouts).
The beleaguered candidate hasnt exactly cried foul at the nature of his press coverage, though several observers think he has ample reason to. But he did respond to the allegations about his record, both in a press conference, and in an email.