Looks like former TN Congressman Harold Ford isn't all that interested in what upstate party bosses like our own Sean Hennessey have to say about his bid for US Senate. Mr. Ford reportedly has made no effort to contact the county chairs of the Democratic Party. That may explain why a former chair like John Sullivan called the HOTLINE yesterday to declare Ford hasn't paid his dues.....Translated, that means he hasn't kissed the rings of local party poobahs who really believe they come first in any bid for high office.
It is likely Mr. Ford cannot pass the Sullivan test for upstate street cred. That is he must be able to explain the difference between Oswego, Owego, Otisco and Owasco. It took Hlllary Clinton a year to overcome the carpetbagger label by touring upstate.
Since there is no credible GOP candidate in the race for either US Senate race up this year, the Democratic nomination is the game and knowledge of obscure, but scenic upstate venues may not count for as much as my good friend Mr. Sullivan thinks.
Harold Ford will be a media darling and can access quick cash. He plans an "I'm my own man" strategy and that is why he won't be seen gushing over Sean.
Ford is expected to visit upstate this month. Let's see if he does the Thruway tour Caroline Kennedy did when she ventured into the wilderness last year. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and then get the heck back to Manhattan. Don't look to see Ford in Ogdensburg or Owego very soon.