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January 14, 2010

FORD TO RUN AS INDEPENDENT?

Political Wire - Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) may be planning an independent bid in New York for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Two key factors:

- Ford is primarily being advised by close advisers to independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

- Ford's recent rhetoric of being "independent" from Democratic leaders makes little sense in a Democratic primary.

. . .If New York Republicans run a weak candidate, he could essentially follow the Joe Lieberman path to the Senate.

An interesting side note: Both Lieberman and Ford were heads of the Democratic Leadership Council.

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