In it, she says she downplayed her involvement with Harold Ford Jr. while she was a student at Georgetown University, not wanting to be known as that girl who dated Harold Ford.
From her blog: [reporter] A few years back, you were publicly linked to Rep. Harold Ford, has that element of celebrity benefited your career at all or opened any doors that may have been closed? [Allison] Being publicly linked to Harold has neither helped nor hurt my career. Perhaps if I had gone public with more information, it might have had more of an impact, but as it was, I downplayed my involvement with Harold as much as I could. ... Other than a fabulous weekend ski vacation and a few fancy dinners, all Harold gave me was the certainty that dating a [politician] is overrated.
[Julia's Note]: I originally wrote "dating an egotistical wannabe-hotshot is overrated" but in retrospect, that might have been a bit harsh. And really, that's the EXACT same thing as writing "politician" - so I have changed it accordingly.
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Next Tuesday will determine whether a former president and chief operating officer of Memphis' Morgan Keegan brokerage firm keeps alive his hopes of representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. The hopeful is Republican primary candidate Stephen Laffey, now serving as the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, and running as a hard-right conservative against the moderate GOP incumbent, Lincoln Chafee. Laffey, who began as an executive with Morgan Keegan in 1992, departed his perch at the top of the Memphis firm in 2001 as the result of what The Commercial Appeal then called a "shift in power" and what a Rhode Island paper this week called "a palace revolt."