Responding Tuesday to former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr.’s comment a day earlier that she is a Washington insider who is a “parakeet’’ controlled by the Democratic Party, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accused Ford of being the Washington insider.
“I don’t know who Harold Ford thinks I am, but I am not going to be brushed aside because he and a few of his banker buddies think he should be a senator,’’ Gillibrand said in an interview. “I think his assertion that he is an outsider is a fraud. I think it’s outrageous. He is somebody who grew up in Washington D.C. while his father was a congressman for many, many years. He took the bar and failed. Then he waltzed into his father’s congressional seat.’‘
Gillibrand characterized the Washington-based Democratic Leadership Council, which Ford chairs as ‘’’ one of the biggest insider Democratic groups.’‘
Her comments come two weeks into a media blitz by Ford, who is exploring the possibility of a September Democratic primary.