There’s always one thing about politicians from Tennessee that I’ve never quite understood. The bigger the stage they play to, the further to the left the go.
Al Gore – back in the day – used to be pro-life and had that little issue with music with explicit lyrics. Of course, that was back when he was a member of the House of Representatives. The bigger the stage he played to, the more liberal he became.
Apparently, he’s not the only one who has a problem with consistency. (H/T Kathryn Jean Lopez @ the Corner)
Former House Rep. Harold Ford Jr. – currently chairman of the Democrat Leadership Council – of the Ford family of Memphis, Tenn., has moved to New York and, having seen the big city, has decided he wants to represent it.
Now, the Ford family has had its own issues where politics and ethics, with his uncle tried for bribery as a part of Operation: Tennessee Waltz and was ultimately convicted. He also has more personal political legacies to live down, if he wants to make it in New York City. Before he can do that, he needs to make a few things clear:
“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.”
Would that include, say, Harold Ford Jr?
‘Ford repeatedly denies having ever been pro-choice. And in an interview with Tucker Carlson during his failed Tennessee Senate run in 2006, he tells Tucker Carlson: “I’m pro-life, Tucker.”
When Tucker asks him how he’d use his vote in the Senate to restrict abortion, Ford adds: “We’re gonna teach people the difference between right and wrong. How come your party hasn’t offered legislation to in the Congress or the Senate to outlaw abortions?””
Now, which is the truth? Does Ford have a problem, being a pro-life Democrat running in a state where half the Republicans are pro-choice?
The short answer is no, it’s not his problem. His problem is that he’s did such a good job bamboozling voters in Tennessee – telling them he was pro-life – that NARAL Pro-Life NY felt the need to put out a response to his interest in becoming the junior senator from the state of New York, hence Ford’s attempt at “coming clean.”
Such a tangled web…