The Kindergarten Congressman

Aug 24, 2010

Harold Ford, Jr.’s political journey began at age 4, when he appeared in a commercial for his father’s congressional campaign. Harold, Sr. went on to become the first African-American to represent Tennessee in Congress, an office he held for more than two decades, and his son followed in his footsteps to the House of Representatives. A bitter and controversial fight for the Senate in 2006 ended in defeat. But that loss did nothing to weaken Ford’s commitment to public service, or to the core values and principals forged by his Baptist childhood. In his new memoir, Harold Ford, Jr. articulates the deep values and beliefs that led Bill Clinton to call him “the walking, living embodiment of where American ought to go in the twenty-first century.”

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