Harold Ford, Jr Won’t Challenge Gillibrand

Darn. I was hoping things would play out exactly as he described.

NYT City Room: Updated Under intense pressure from Democratic Party officials, Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman, has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand in the primary this fall.

He has told friends that, while he is convinced he could prevail against Ms. Gillibrand, he feared the winner of the primary would have little money and remain highly vulnerable to a well-financed Republican challenger at a time when the Democratic party controls the Senate by a slim majority.

“I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened,” Mr. Ford wrote in an opinion article to be published in Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times.

“I refuse to do anything,” he wrote, “that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”

It’s party before country. Ford’s perfectly willing to leave the Senate in the hands of the radical left of the Democrat Party. Some moderate.

Via memeorandum