As it has done countless times before, the Democratic universe quickly sprang into action this week to protect coveted non-elected senator Kirsten Gillibrand from facing a primary opponent, this time in the form of
Tennessean New Yorker Harold Ford Jr. Chuck Schumer held a one-on-one meeting, Harry Reid placed a phone call, NARAL released this video, and we assume Rahm Emanuel is wrapping a dead fish as we speak. But Ford isn't backing down, and today he reportedly hired a campaign manager, pollster, and a press secretary who released this defiant statement:
Harold is not going to be bullied or intimidated. It's good for New York to have a dialogue. It’s good to have credible candidates exploring this race. So what are they so afraid of?
Let’s be clear: New York needs a senator who will fight for jobs, fight to improve our economy, fight for small business and have the independence to stand up and do what’s right for our state, regardless of what the party bosses in Albany or Washington want.
Yeah! Screw those party bosses in Albany! As soon as Harold Ford Jr. figures out who they are, he's going to kick their asses.
Ford staffs up [Ben Smith/Politico]