Harold Ford Jr. wont be head of the Democratic National Committee, James Carvilles wishes notwithstanding. The former 9th District congressman and U.S. Senate candidate will be chairman of the right-centrist Democratic Leadership Council, a private lobbying group. In fact, he is chairman of the DLC, as of Thursday. Ford, who succeeds Iowa governor Tom Vilsack (now a presidential candidate) is "one of the brightest stars in the Democratic Party," said DLC Founder Al From.
I love Jesus, I love women and I love football, Ford told reporters on Thursday. Yes, he really did.
That last was an oblique tongue-in-cheek reference to the furor that erupted in the national media last year after a Republican National Committee attack ad that, among other things, satirized the then Democratic candidate's attendance at a Super Bowl party sponsored by Playboy Magazine.
Ford, who was defeated in his Senate bid by Republican Bob Corker, also found time on Thursday to tout another disappointed candidate from Tennessee, former presidential contender Al Gore -- but only to win an Oscar for his "Inconvenient Truth" documentary on global warming.
Oh,and Ford wants the Colts to win the Super Bowl. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning is "a Tennessee man," the once-and-no doubt-future statewide candidate explained.
District 89 state representative Beverly Marrero, who is one of two Democrats hoping to succeed congressman-elect Steve Cohen as District 30 state senator, got a New Year's Day blessing Monday, when the former senator acknowledged he intended to endorse her candidacy. Marrero's primary opponent is former city attorney Robert Spence.