They didnt exactly jump through burning hoops or shout Hallelelujah! to do so, but three prominent politicians who had been regarded in some quarters as possible holdouts made their election-day preferences known on Friday in the cases of senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr., and dcongressional candidate Steve Cohen.
Ford got a boost from a longtime rival of the larger Ford political clan, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton, who was one of the attendees at a Ford-sponsored prayer breakfast held at The Peabody. The mayor afterward said that in the interests of Democratic Party unity he would support Rep. Fords bid for the U.S. Senate, ending speculation that he would sit out the Senate race or even support the congressmans Republican opponent, Bob Corker.
Meanwhile, Cohen, the Democratic state senator from Midtown and Democratic nominee for the 9th Congressional District, got a stamp of approval from Governor Phil Bredesen, who confirmed his support for Cohen, and from former interim state senator and current Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism. (For the complete story, go to "Political Beat".)
"Lacy Holloway; Chair Person of the Harold Ford Barn raising Committee of North East Tennessee is offering a great opportunity to help Harold Ford, Jr., in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Lacy is searching for barns with great visibility on major roadways or either interstate in North East Tennessee. This is a low cost avenue to support Rep. Ford as he campaigns from Mountain City to Memphis."