Ford Disowns Former Aide Who Imputed "Terrorism" 

Reaffirming his support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, former 9th District congressman Harold Ford Jr. has fully and decisively distanced himself from Beecher Frasier, who ran Ford's 2006 campaign for the U.S. Senate and who made news over the weekend with apparent concerns about Obama's possible "terrorist" ties.

In a statement dispatched to the Nashville Post late Friday, Ford declared that "Beecher's past association with me is just that - past," and said, "I don't want a relationship with him, or anyone else who says these things. His comments offend me as an American and embarrass me as a Tennessean."

Frasier, along with Fred Hobbs, a Democratic state committeeman, had been quoted in the Nashville City Paper on Friday as wondering about possible associations with terrorism on Obama's part. Writer John Rodgers was exploring the reasons why 4th District congressman Lincoln Davis, a Democrat, had so far not made a statement endorsing Obama as his party's nominee.

Rodgers first elicited this quote from Hobbs, who is considered close to Davis: "I don't exactly approve of a lot of the things he [Obama] stands for and I'm not sure we know enough about him. He's got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be."

The City Paper article continued: "His [Davis'] chief of staff, Beecher Frasier, said he doesn't know for sure if Obama is 'terrorist connected' but he assumes he's not."

The statements by Hobbs and Frasier caused a storm in both state and national Democratic circles and generated demands that both men resign their public connections. Both Hobbs and Frasier have since tried to backtrack from their earlier statements, Hobbs insisting that he intends to vote for Obama and Frasier saying that "nobody in his right mind" could regard Obama as connected with terrorists.

One upshot of the controversy is that future political prospects for Davis, who has been rumored as a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2010, have been dimmed.

Ford's statement on the controversy is as follows:

Let me be clear about 2 things

First, Beecher Frasier is dead wrong. Senator Obama is a Christian, American patriot with a vision to make America safer and stronger. I am going to join millions of Tennesseans and Americans by working this year this to bring life to that vision by electing Barack Obama President of the United States.

Second, Beecher's past association with me is just that - past. I've had no relationship with him since 2006. I don't want a relationship with him, or anyone else who says these things. His comments offend me as an American and embarrass me as a Tennessean.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Hungry Memphis

Sneak Peek at P.O. Press restaurant

Hungry Memphis

The Chicken Business

Beyond the Arc

Watanabe, Conley, Gasol, Jackson Speak Out at Grizzlies Media Day

News Blog

Facebook Reprimands MPD for Fake Accounts

Music Blog

Love Story

Hungry Memphis

All-Star Chef Lineup to Celebrate Andrew Michael's 10th

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Brennan Villines

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Jackson Baker

Readers also liked…

  • The Buddy System

    Harris and Kelsey hope to effect a good public outcome on the TVA/aquifer issue.
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Cohen Tells It!

    In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Jul 26, 2017
  • In reading the May 1st election totals, it depends on what your eyes are letting you see.

    Dissenters to "blue wave" theory rely on 2014 Lutrell-Lunati baseline to make cases for GOP having better bounce th9s year.
    • May 10, 2018
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation