From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
NEW YORK — “Are you a New Yorker?”It was the evening of Jan. 11, and Chris Matthews was on MSNBC asking what many in this city wanted to know about Harold Ford Jr.
“I live in New York,” the former Congressman from Memphis answered. “My wife and I plan to start and raise a family there. I pay taxes there, and once you pay taxes there, you feel like a New Yorker.”
“But are you a New Yorker?” Matthews pressed.
“You’re a New Yorker?” Matthews continued. “Say, ‘I am a New Yorker.'”
“I am a New Yorker,” Ford said, repeating mantra-like: “I am a New Yorker. I am a New Yorker. I am a New Yorker.”
Ford isn’t just a New Yorker. He’s a might-be New York politician now, yet another carpetbagger eyeing a U.S. Senate seat that has long been welcoming to carpetbaggers.
He’ll have lofty political company — James L. Buckley, Robert F. Kennedy, Hillary Clinton — if he runs for and wins a New York Senate seat as a recent transplant.
But while Ford’s announced interest in running for the U.S. Senate in New York seemed to surprise many here, and many others in Memphis, the birth of a West Tennessee Ford as a New York politico had been whispered about in the city for at least two months. That was due, in large measure, to questions about how Ford’s socially conservative stances from the Volunteer State would hold up in socially liberal New York.
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