Monday, March 01, 2010


Ford Doesn't Get Out Of The Driveway...

No New York run against incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. That only leaves about a half-dozen other prospective opponents for The Appointed One.  Ford explains his reasons for not making the race here. Of course, the Times is a funny place to deliver his op-ed given that the Gray Lady's interview with Ford helped torpedo the effort before it began.  That's not blaming the Times: Ford shouldn't have given the interview if he wasn't prepared.  However, his piece is an odd return to the scene of the crime. 

So, no statewide run for Ford right now. Before everyone writes his permanent obituary in New York politics, keep in mind that not long ago, another scion of a political family tried to "jump the line" and run for a top statewide office before he was ready.  Eight years later, that man is now the odds-on favorite to be New York's next governor.  

Yes, there are a lot of differences between Ford and Andrew Cuomo (not the least of which is that the latter is a lifelong New Yorker), but it's not a completely inapproprate comparison. 

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