Harold Ford Backs Lieberman
U.S. Congressman and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., formally announced that he is supporting Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman’s re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Lieberman was defeated by billionaire Ned Lamont in the Democratic Primary this past August in Connecticut, but has continued his run for re-election as an independent candidate.
Only a handful of Democratic leaders are backing Lieberman and many of the party's most notable stalwarts, such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy are backing Lamont.
"I support Joe Lieberman . . . and I’ve made that clear from the very beginning,” Ford told Nashville talk radio host, Steve Gill.
Ford made this announcement when he stopped by the WLAC Nashville studio to talk with Gill about his own campaign for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
Gill questioned Ford’s initiative to become an "independent voice” as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate in the aftermath of the Democrats behavior toward "independent voice” Joe Lieberman.
Ford supported Lieberman in his primary race, but has previously declined to endorse Lieberman in the general election campaign.
Ford himself is locked in a hotly contested, dead-heat race in Tennessee with Republican nominee Bob Corker, the former mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn.