The Harold Ford Jr. makeover continues as he "strongly considers" a primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. In conservative op-ed pages of the New York Post, known for its virtual race-baiting and gaybashing, the former Tennessee congressman who voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, against extending hate crime protections to gays and lesbians and for the Federal Marriage Amendment (twice) tweaks his record on equality and reproductive choice. The revisionism is quite entertaining.
I am pro-choice—have always been since I entered politics almost 15 years ago. My cumulative grade with NARAL during 10 years in Congress was right at 80 percent. Any assertions to the contrary are false. I remain committed to promoting gun safety and handgun control, and I look forward to working with Mayor Bloomberg and Newark Mayor Corey Booker and their coalition to reduce handgun violence in cities across America. Despite what critics say about me, I enjoyed uninterrupted support from organized labor throughout my time in Congress. And from the moment I arrived in Congress, I supported civil unions. Like New York's senior senator, after listening to and participating in the national conversation about full equality and fairness, I support same-sex marriage.
A Democrat who has to run to the NY Post to prove he is a Democrat. smh.
Said Ford during his 2006 Senate campaign when the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on marriage: "I do not support the decision today reached by the New Jersey Supreme Court regarding gay marriage. I oppose gay marriage, and have voted twice in Congress to amend the United States Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. This November there's a referendum on the Tennessee ballot to ban same-sex marriage - I am voting for it.
"Cumulative", of course, means total. Ford actually had a 30 rating from NARAL when he left Congress. Watch NY NARAL's attack ad that targets the staunchly "pro life" Ford, where he repeatedly slams choice ("I was never pro-choice!") and demands the Republicans introduce a law outlawing abortion. Watch it WHEN YOU JUMP....