January 26th, 2010
06:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Gillibrand hits back at Ford

 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at Harold Ford Jr. Tuesday.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at Harold Ford Jr. Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accused potential primary challenger Harold Ford Jr. Tuesday of being beholden to Wall Street interests, a day after he charged that she was following in lock step behind national Democratic leaders.

"I dont (sic) know who Harold Ford thinks I am, but I will not be pushed aside by him and a handful of his big banker buddies," Gillibrand said in a statement released by her campaign that described Ford's party affiliation as (I-Wall Street). "As for his childish name calling, I would not allow that kind of name calling from my 6 year old son and I certainly dont (sic) think it is appropriate for someone who says they want to be a Senator from NY. Fords attacks dont (sic) hurt me, they do hurt the people of New York by distracting us from the real economic challenges that middle class families are facing."

On Monday, Ford sharply criticized Gillibrand in a radio interview on Talk 1300 Radio in Albany. "Understand that you're not elected to the United States Senate to be a parakeet or to take instructions from the Democratic leadership," said Ford, a former Tennessee congressman now living in New York.

Earlier this month, Ford announced that he was considering a primary challenge to Gillibrand, a former congresswoman appointed by Gov. David Paterson to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton. The former first lady turned senator resigned her seat to become President Obama's Secretary of State.

Full text of statement after the jump:

Gillibrand Responds to Ford's Name Calling

New York City, NY - Yesterday, Harold Ford Jr. (I-Wall Street) ignored the extreme economic challenges facing middle class New Yorkers and instead resorted to childish name calling. Today, U.S. Senator Kirstend Gillibrand is hitting back:

"I dont know who Harold Ford thinks I am, but I will not be pushed aside by him and a handful of his big banker buddies.

"As for his childish name calling, I would not allow that kind of name calling from my 6 year old son and I certainly dont think it is appropriate for someone who says they want to be a Senator from NY. Fords attacks dont hurt me, they do hurt the people of New York by distracting us from the real economic challenges that middle class families are facing.

"Day after day, Harold Ford Jr. is revealing just how wrong he is for every day New Yorkers. This is all about who we fight for. Harold Ford is advocating for more of the same failed policies that favor only the wealthy and the powerful big corporations, while I am fighting to create good-paying jobs for New York families and help small businesses that are struggling in the difficult economy."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mrs. S Callahan

    Get ready Harry..she's a tough cookie and learned much from her Grandma and Corning cronies...lol lol lol

    January 26, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Gillibrand has a long history of telling lies about her opponents. Thats how she was elected to Congress in the first place.

    January 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. gt

    ford will kick her rear.... she is a looser...

    January 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. kevin

    ah yeah. lock step mr ford said. and guess what, she is exactly that. why even defend herself as she did. remember this woman was all pro gun before being elected, or was given the office. and then 2 weeks later she is all about gun control and her all main issues were switched up to suit the dems. give me a break lady. please, keep your mouth shut on being lock step with the dems, cause that exactly what you are.

    January 26, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |