Last week, Harold Ford Jr. commissioned an extensive robo-poll to get a lay of the land among his would be constituents. Apparently, he didn’t like what he saw. As John notes, Ford has elected not to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic nomination to the Senate.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, Ford lays out his reasons for not running, and guess what? It turns out that Washington is broken.
Ford lays plenty of blame at the feet of state party bosses that tried to “bully” him out of the race, but at the end of the day his “fundamental conclusion” about the race is that if he runs — and even if he wins — it will help the Republicans:
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.