Harold Ford Jr., the former Representative for the 9th District in Tennessee, ran a conservative, anti-gay race for the U.S. Senate in 2008, and became the chair of the conservative Democratic Leadership Council. Now he is going to try to run for the Senate in his new home state, New York.
Don't be fooled New York! HFJ ran as a conservative in Tennessee, even backing away from his promise to vote against the Marriage Protection Act. Yes, he voted FOR the right-wing amendment that would have engraved discrimination against gay citizens into the U.S. Constitution. Because of his act of political cowardice and betrayal of the Tennessee gay community, I ran as a write-in candidate against him in his last campaign for the House of Representatives!
Looks like Harold Ford Jr's betryal of gays and lesbians in Tennessee will haunt him if he challenges Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. Gillibrand has been a strong advocate and defender of LGBT equality, and HFJ will not be able to get away with his anti-gay campaign in Tennessee in New York!