If Joe Ford Jr. isn't careful, he could end up with a repuation as a renegade.
Then again, I've always liked renegades, so I'm quite cool with that.
For those unaware of what I'm talking about, Joe Jr. posted this comment on another blog:
I am a Democrat. Unless or until there is reason to do otherwise, I will be supporting the Democrat nominee which is Sen. Cohen.
I still wish the best for Jake and feel that he will garner significant votes no matter who may or may not be supporting him. I wish him the best! However, party unity is very important to me and as a Democrat, I have a duty to support fellow Democrats.
First, I would like to congratulate him. He's shown something that Nikki Tinker, Ed Stanton, Julian Bolton, et al have failed to show: That the interests of the people of Tennessee's 9th District should be placed ahead of personal ambition. He gets that. They don't. They lost, so they can't bring themselves to care what kind of shape they leave the party in.
But first and foremost, he's done the right thing for his family. If Harold Ford Jr. is to have any chance of beating Bob Corker this fall, he's going to need a Democratic Party that is in prime fighting shape. He doesn't get it if his younger brother splits the party and fuels resentment along the way.
I hope that Joe Ford Jr. sticks around. Personally, I'd like to crack open a brew or two with him sometime, talk to the man, and see what his plans are for the future.