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Harold Ford Jr. Records Video in Support of NY Marriage Equality

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Former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford Jr., the one-time NY Senate hopeful excoriated for his flip-flopping on same-sex marriage and his two votes for a federal marriage amendment, has recorded a video in support of New Yorkers for Marriage Equality.

Says Ford: "I’m proud to say that my views on this issue of marriage equality have changed. I’ve listened and I’ve learned. I believe committed gay and lesbian couples in New York sould be able to marry. So join me and the super-majority of New Yorkers who view this issue as matter of basic fairness. It’s time to get this done."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harold Ford Jr. Not Running for U.S. Senate in New York

Marriage equality flip-flopper Harold Ford Jr. will not be running for U.S. Senate in New York. He explains why in a New York Times op-ed:

Ford"I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened. I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans. I realize this announcement will surprise many people who assumed I was running. I reached this decision only in the last few days — as I considered what a primary campaign, even with the victory I saw as fully achievable, would have done to the Democratic Party. I am a Democrat. But I am an independent Democrat. I am not going to stop speaking out on behalf of policies that I think are right — regardless of ideology, party or political expediency."

Buh-bye.


WATCH: NY1's Report on Harold Ford Jr. in the Lion's Den

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On Wednesday, I posted about potential NY Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr's appearance before the Stonewall Democrats in NYC, where he was heckled relentlessly by activists in the audience.

Here is NY1's report on the evening, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harold Ford Jr. Faces Brutal Crowd at NYC Gay Center

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Photo above via DailyKos.

From all reports, potential Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. faced a tough crowd tonight as he spoke to the Stonewall Democrats at the New York Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Community Center: "They said they don't trust him and shouted that he is 'anti-gay.' Ford said all he can do is explain he was wrong in the past and has changed his mind."

Thepower DailyKos reports:

"This did not go well for Harold. If he had supporters, it was not evident... If not for the efforts of organizers, it would have devolved into a real scene. The loudest applause came when Lt. Dan Choi expressed support for incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. He told Ford he seemed to be asking our community to 'fire her' to reward her for her fierce advocacy. Ford didn't do himself any favors by asking a questioner to clarify what 'Lawrence v. Texas' was. Ladies will be glad to hear the room was equally activated when Ford tried to distance himself from his pro-life past."

Talking Points Memo adds:

"Some defended Ford for changing his mind. 'He has a right to change his view,' said Charles Bayor, Stonewall's secretary. 'I give him credit for coming here ... It's not fair to treat him with disrespect.' Lt. Dan Choi, the National Guardsman who has become a vocal opponent of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, was at the meeting and questioned Ford on the policy. Ford said he fully supports repeal. But for Choi and others, that may not be enough -- especially since Gillibrand has become a public opponent of the policy, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military. 'You'd be punishing our only advocate in the Senate,' Choi said. 'You can count on me to do the same thing' as Gillibrand, Ford responded."

The NY Daily News files its report here.

Some initial video (with plenty of heckling) shot by David Badash (read his report here) at The New Civil Rights Movement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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