Ford Defies Obama, Confirms Senate Run

But White House is backing Kirsten Gillibrand
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 7:53 AM CST
Updated Jan 12, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. concedes to Republican Bob Corker in the Senate race November 7, 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Harold Ford Jr. is running for Senate in New York, he sort of announced today—but it's without support from the White House. In a column in today’s New York Post titled “Ford: I’m Gearing up for Senate Race,” Ford says he’s “strongly considering,” such a run, before going on to outline the reasons New Yorkers should vote for him. "Some have already questioned whether I should be running," he writes. "Others are falsifying my record in public life. New York deserves a free election."

Ford strikes a defensive tone, asserting that he is pro-choice and labor-friendly, "despite what critics say about me." Among Ford’s critics: Barack Obama. Yesterday Robert Gibbs said the White House was "quite happy with the leadership of Senator Gillibrand," and would support her reelection, hinting that there would be behind-the-scenes moves to block Ford's run. Asked yesterday if he'd run without Obama's support, Ford professed “great respect” for Obama" but said he’d “listen to New Yorkers as I make this decision."

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