Monday, June 19, 2006

Republican Lies and Attacks Confirm Ford Has Momentum

Last week was a very good week for the Ford campaign. The Congressman and his campaign got several indicators that told them their campaign continues make progress and that they are having success making inroads into what once was a Republican stronghold.

First, Zogby International released a poll last week that showed the Congressman in a dead heat with all of his Republican opponents. As the American Prospect noted, the poll showed Ford making "substantial gains -- and closing once-large gaps."

The second and perhaps the most telling indicator from last week that all is well in Fordsville, was the lineage of attacks that were spawn from the right wing, especially the NRSC. The NRSC released press releases attacking Congressman Ford three days in a row last week! That alone should tell you everything right there. They are running scared and are desperate.

On Wednesday, they even attacked me and this blog! I think they sat a precedent there by attacking an unofficial blog ran by a 19 year old kid. I take it that I am doing something right to get under their skin as I did. Apparently they didn't like me telling the truth. (Question: who even knew that they would pay attention to an unofficial blog--that says a lot was well)

Then on Friday, the NRSC resorted to their oldest trick in the book--straight up lying. They issued a press release saying that Ford voted to cut and run from Iraq. However, nothing could have been further from the truth. Just that morning, Ford appeared on the Imus in the Morning program and specifically said that he did not support cutting and running from Iraq and that we should stay and finish the job.

Further, Ford voted against the resolution in question because it favored granting amnesty to terrorists who killed American troops. And the Congressman was having no part of that. However, it seems his opponents for the U.S. Senate supported the bill, as they did not come out and join Ford in denouncing the proposal.

The Republicans should be ashamed on two fronts. First, for once again lying about Congressman Ford. And second, for voting in favor of granting amnesty for terrorists that kill our troops.

The truth is, despite their rhetoric, they are the ones that are hurting our troops in Iraq by supporting policies like that and playing politics, instead of having a real debate on what should be done now in Iraq.

It all goes back to what I have been saying for sometime now. They have no new ideas or strategies--on anything, especially Iraq. That is why the have resorted to attacking and lying on those who question their failed policies.

They know Ford is right on the issues and is making progress everyday in his bid to be our next U.S. Senator. That is why they are unleashing their attack dogs so often now.

So in conclusion, last week was a very good week for the Ford campaign. The Zogby numbers were great.

However, when the Republicans act the way they did last week, we don't need any numbers. We know what's happening. Ford is winning.

167 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!