Dainty Harold Ford Jr of Tennessee.....He was acquainted to New York State when his dad bought a home in the tony Hamptons of Long Island.....He moved to NY and lived in Manhattan while visiting the best restaurants and riding to work in limos.
Now Harold Ford Jr. is on a listening tour of NY State in advance of an expected run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Gilly was at home upstate in Columbia County, where she used to sleep with a gun under her bed.
Gilly got roughed up by the NYC liberals and isn't quite the upstater she used to be.
As for Harold, he wants to meet upstate.
This week he went to Rockland County....a well-to-do county just barely north of the City that never sleeps.
As Mao said, the longest march starts with one step and the stepford wives suburbia of Rockland was likely a big step for him.
Spacious country homes and dressed down former Manhattanites is not the down and dirty trailer-park-strewn upstate that folks like Harold or Ed Koch have trouble with.
Harold, buy a pickup truck and start driving north. Skip the handlers and just stop by towns like ours....
The old carpet towns like Amsterdam.....the former photo capital of the world, Rochester......post industrial Buffalo....check out wine country....the windmills of course....pet a cow....see the blue-lined poverty of the Adirondacks and the upscale life in Saratoga.
Visit Albany and see America's most dysfunctional legislature, but dont miss the building with RCA's Nipper perched on top.....
Most of all Harold, see upstate....in person and not from a black limo traveling only within sight of the Thruway......
See you at Mo's diner Sunday morning.