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White House Opposes Challenge to Gillibrand
nytimes.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and JEREMY W. PETERS

Posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:53 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON — The White House made it clear on Monday that it opposed the prospect of Harold E. Ford Jr.’s running for the United States Senate in New York, even as Mr. Ford, the former Tennessee congressman, showed no signs of being deterred.

The remarks from the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, were the first offered by the Obama administration since Mr. Ford said last week that he was seriously considering challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary.

Mr. Gibbs said that the administration backed Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed last January to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I think the White House is quite happy with the leadership and the representation of Senator Gillibrand in New York,” Mr. Gibbs said when asked about Mr. Ford at a White House press briefing. “We’re supporting her re-election.”

Mr. Gibbs suggested that the White House was prepared to go even further to stop Mr. Ford, telling reporters to “Stay tuned” when asked about any behind-the-scenes efforts to clear the field for Ms. Gillibrand.

But Mr. Ford remained defiant.

Asked on MSNBC’s “Hardball” whether he was prepared to run without White House support, Mr. Ford said: “I have great respect for President Obama. If I run and win, I look forward to working with him. But I will listen to New Yorkers as I make this decision.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; demprimary; gillibrand; haroldford; ny2010

1 posted on 01/11/2010 7:16:54 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obviously, the White House is full of racists.


2 posted on 01/11/2010 7:18:45 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So? The Wh doesn’t decide who can run and who cannot, its not the Iranian Guardian Council.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 7:21:55 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

hahahahaha...only one clean, well spoken, light skinned negro at a time, please...


4 posted on 01/11/2010 7:22:44 PM PST by jessduntno (We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..." - B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What is the matter, 0bama? You afraid there could be another “ light skinned black who does not speak with that Negro dialect” who could give you a run for the taxpayer’s money?


5 posted on 01/11/2010 7:23:25 PM PST by celtic gal (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: jessduntno

Well, is Ford a light skinned Negro or a dark skinned Negro?

Oldplayer


6 posted on 01/11/2010 7:24:17 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: hal ogen
"Obviously, the White House is full of racists."

That is not necessarily true; Harold Ford is an "extremely light-skinned negro".


7 posted on 01/11/2010 7:25:03 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What Repubs will be running?


8 posted on 01/11/2010 7:26:18 PM PST by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: incredulous joe

Only one Oreo is allowed in DC.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 7:29:51 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Harold Ford of TENNESEE ?
Kinda like that other NY senator,
Hilary Clinton of ARKANSAS.
What is with the NY democrats
that they have reverse carpetbaggers
representing them.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 7:30:05 PM PST by Bainbridge
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To: aimhigh

I would say that Harold Ford, Jr. looks more like Nilla Wafers.


11 posted on 01/11/2010 7:32:49 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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To: jessduntno

it’s not “well spoken” it is “articul8” LOL


12 posted on 01/11/2010 7:32:54 PM PST by celtic gal (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: incredulous joe

Oh. Is he also clean and articulate?


13 posted on 01/11/2010 7:33:32 PM PST by hal ogen
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To: oldplayer

I think he is light skinned..doesn’t look anything like either of the Justice Brothers and his eyes, if you look at them, are more hazel than dark brown or black..
If he has any white blood in him then 0bammy is really in trouble.


14 posted on 01/11/2010 7:35:24 PM PST by celtic gal (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: Mamzelle

Pete King is contemplating a Senate run and Al D’Amato is trying to convince Lazio to switch from running for Governor (where he has no chance against Andy Cuomo) to the Senate race.


15 posted on 01/11/2010 7:35:33 PM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

16 posted on 01/11/2010 7:40:09 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Keep backing her BO!


17 posted on 01/11/2010 7:40:28 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One whore, with a rap sheet, telling another whore, with a rap sheet, to keep her clothes on.

Sheesh


18 posted on 01/11/2010 7:41:42 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Bainbridge
Well, hell, the supremely crooked state of NY has had, within even MY memory, Congresscritters and Senators who were, practically speaking, from:

Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Arkansas (or Illinois, if you prefer: surely you recall Hitlery, yes?)...and doubtless a few I've forgotten.

Why not Tennessee? Oh, shucks, I forgot (I'm sorry!) Ford's just another light-skinned black man who doesn't speak in a Negro dialect. We should IGNORE this disqualification, though: Ford is certainly sufficiently corrupt to be accepted and honoured as a colleague of Chuckie and his hand-chosen twat Gilliland or Gillibrand or whatever the devil Kristen calls itself these days.

19 posted on 01/11/2010 7:42:17 PM PST by SAJ
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He does not have that Harlem Negro way of speaking because Harry Reid didn’t say so.


20 posted on 01/11/2010 7:43:24 PM PST by ncfool (Obama Bare fisted Politican at home. Pantywaist VS. Real thugs abroad.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ford is not his father’s son. His mother gave him the ultimate gift......more white genes.


21 posted on 01/11/2010 7:47:07 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: GeronL
So? The Wh doesn’t decide who can run and who cannot, its not the Iranian Guardian Council///Well actually the WH does now. and it just may be the Iranian Guardian Council, Valerie Jarrett is Iranian!
22 posted on 01/11/2010 7:47:20 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(0bama=Treason))
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To: incredulous joe

The shift of a few thousand votes would have put Ford in the Senate at the same time as Obama. Ironically, Ford might have become the “light-skinned Negro” that the Democrats chose to put in the White House. Ford is at least verifiably American.


23 posted on 01/11/2010 7:50:46 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: GeronL

I am running against Ms. Gillibrand, the Governor appointee. For those who follow Cagle political cartoons, wait to see the one I am cooking up on the Spitzer/Gillibrand dialogue this week. Better yet, go to my website and see why I am 180 degrees different than her. I am truly Upstate in Ithaca but will represent the WHOLE state. Ford already lost a Senate seat in another State. These folks are desperate to just be a politician anywhere. I am NOT a career politician nor want to be. I am a citizen politician which is what the founding fathers intended. http://www.norenforsenate.com

I was FEC registered before anyone else in this race


24 posted on 01/11/2010 8:30:45 PM PST by NorenForSenate (http://www.norenforsenate.com)
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To: NorenForSenate; Behind Liberal Lines

I am not a New Yorker. They have their own state board here too, click the flag on your profile page.

BTW, ‘Behind Liberal Lines’ always said Ithica is the City of Evil. heh.


25 posted on 01/11/2010 8:41:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: SAJ
Why not Tennessee? Oh, shucks, I forgot (I'm sorry!) Ford's just another light-skinned black man who doesn't speak in a Negro dialect.

Color aside (it's character that matters, of course) the real problem for Ford is not just being an opportunistic transplant but being one with an extreme Tennessee drawl. At least Hillary, when she wasn't doing a "negro dialect" in Southern churches and a plain old southern dialect in her years in Arkansas, linguistically was a match in NY. Ford's dialect would scream opportunistic transplant every time he opened his mouth.

26 posted on 01/11/2010 8:42:48 PM PST by torchthemummy (No Obama: Not Because He's Black But Because He's Red)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"WASHINGTON — The White House made it clear on Monday that
it opposed the prospect of Harold E. Ford Jr.’s running for
the United States Senate in New York, even as Mr. Ford, the
former Tennessee congressman, showed no signs of being de turd terred."
27 posted on 01/11/2010 8:46:14 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: torchthemummy
I'm sure that either you're absolutely correct or that you're just another white racist from TN who is attempting to deny the absolute criminal Ford, who should at minimum be doing 20 yrs the hard way, his rightful seat in the Regress.

I believe I'll go with the first option. Well, that's just me, of course.

The only worthwhile and honest person named Ford from your state, in my rather long lifetime, went by the name of 'Tennessee Ernie'.

Wonderful singer.

28 posted on 01/11/2010 8:53:11 PM PST by SAJ
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To: GeronL; Behind Liberal Lines

And BLL is, and always has been, entirely correct in that view...plus he does provide for all to see the assorted details of that city’s utterly perverse goobermint.


29 posted on 01/11/2010 8:58:30 PM PST by SAJ
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To: SAJ
I'm sure that either you're absolutely correct or that you're just another white racist from TN who is attempting to deny the absolute criminal Ford, who should at minimum be doing 20 yrs the hard way, his rightful seat in the Regress.

To be blunt, what the hell are you talking about! I know the Ford family is a bunch of crooked Dem hacks but that wasn't the gist of my post My character point is to highlight that color to me is irrelevant, character is not.

That wasn't to imply that Ford isn't criminal like his familial brethren but that wasn't a topic of interest at this point (since he seems to enjoy immunity with TN) but simply that his Tennessee accent (which is just fine by me, thank you very much) would be a liability in a transplant campaign in NY because his accent would remind voters of his opportunistic campaign.

I don't know where you got any suggestion of me being a racist and to be honest, it pisses me off. I have relatives in WV and SC and I love both states and, yes, the accents.

30 posted on 01/11/2010 9:08:03 PM PST by torchthemummy (No Obama: Not Because He's Black But Because He's Red)
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To: incredulous joe

Does he think New Yorkers are going to mistake him for Derek Jeter?


31 posted on 01/11/2010 9:10:11 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: torchthemummy
Wups, sorry. Just unsuccessful satire, and no offense meant, I assure you.

<<--promises NOT to give up the day job.

32 posted on 01/11/2010 10:33:53 PM PST by SAJ
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To: SAJ

You know, now that I reread it I should have sensed the satire. Part my bad.


33 posted on 01/11/2010 10:38:10 PM PST by torchthemummy (No Obama: Not Because He's Black But Because He's Red)
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To: RobbyS

I don’t recall it being that close, but it looks like it was 3 percentage points. That is close enough.

I used to listen to Ford on “Imus in the Morning” where he played the “moderate” Democrat. Imus loved pumping that “independent voter”, not Dem, not Repub, stuff.

Ford talked a good game, but he was from a corrupt family in one of the most politically corrupt congressional district’s in the country.


34 posted on 01/12/2010 2:52:58 AM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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