The game you walked away from a decade ago is not the same game you walked back into a few weeks ago. One of the most important differences is that the Ford name simply no longer means what it used to. Once upon a time, someone with Jake’s name could have shown up and blown through the primary process (Or for that matter, Joe Jr.).
Between Harold’s voting record alienating many Democrats, John’s indictment for bribery, and the cemetery vote turning out solidly for Ophelia, the name has lost much of its former luster. Being a Ford helps when all other things are equal, but means little when things are as radically unequal as they are in Jake’s race.
I doubt seriously that I have to recount the qualifications of Steve Cohen any more than I have to yet again point out the absolute dearth of qualifications in your son. If Jake wasn’t carrying your DNA, you wouldn’t be voting for him either.
But running him is your prerogative. It’s how you run him that is going to give you trouble, though. If things continue as they are now, you’re going to sink the campaign of Harold Jr. just to help Jake.
I’m hearing from sources inside the campaign that working for one Ford brother means you’re working for both Ford brothers at this point. This creates a massive problem--- Part of the money that is providing office space for Harold’s Democratic and Jake’s independent campaigns has been filtered through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, with the intention of getting Democratic nominees elected to office.
More has been given directly by donors wishing to send someone to the US Senate who, whether I agree with all aspects of his voting record or not, has the knowledge, experience, and gravitas necessary to hold higher office. They didn’t donate with the knowledge that they were buying a package deal that included sending a dropout to Congress and paying for his attacks on the rightful Democratic nominee in the 9th Congressional District race. I’m already hearing the first rumblings of a donor revolt, so you’ve no doubt heard them too.
You’ve got to put some distance between these two campaigns, or you send them both over a cliff. I know this dooms Jake, as none of the well-heeled donors are willing to line up behind him. But that distance will save Harold Jr.’s campaign. If he’s got a chance of winning this fall, this is it.
Jake doesn’t just lack gravitas. He’s the black hole of gravitas. He actually sucks it off of the people that stand next to him. They look like lesser candidates simply for being near him.
I know you have some joint appearances planned for the future. As someone who disagrees with Harold Jr. quite often, yet would like to see the Senate under Democratic control, I implore you to reconsider this strategy. The only way to save Jr. is to separate him from Jake.
Perhaps over the next two years, Jake can go back to school and earn some of the gravitas that he’s lacking now. He can learn what “insurgent” means before going to a place where he would vote on ways to combat insurgents.
Right now, he simply does not have what it takes. And if you continue on the path you tread now, you jeopardize Harold Jr.’s Senate bid.