Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. to Run for Frist’s Seat
Rep. Ford will run for Frist’s seat (The Hill)
Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) is expected to announce next week that he will run for the Senate, seeking to replace Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) when he retires in 2006.
President Bush won Tennessee 57 to 43 percent, and Ford would face an uphill battle to win statewide. The fifth-term congressman, whose father held the same seat for 22 years, has recently seen his statewide prospects hindered by his family name. His uncle, state Sen. John Ford, is embroiled in a child payment scandal and recently testified in juvenile court that he keeps two homes and lives with two different women whose children he fathered. The scandal has received considerable attention in Tennessee and has dominated political conversation among Democrats speculating about FordÃ¢€™s plans.
Ford is a bright, charismatic fellow and would appear to have an easy path to the nomination. The Tennessee Republican bench is rather deep, though, so I have a hard time seeing him take the seat.