State Dem Chairman Calls For Gillibrand-Ford Truce
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During an appearance Thursday on NY1's "Inside City Hall," State Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs urged Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former Tennessee Representative Harold Ford Jr. to end their war of words.
For the last several days, the would-be Democratic rivals for the U.S. Senate have exchanged verbal barbs, including Ford calling Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer "parakeets."
Gillibrand fired back, calling Ford "the ultimate insider," who is "wrong for New York."
When asked about the political jabs, Jacobs said he doesn't think the name calling is helpful for either party.
"I don't think it does anything to advance your candidacy," Jacobs said. "We're not picking a prom queen here. We're picking a person who is going to represent New York State. Talk about what you're going to do. If there's a complaint about what Kirsten Gillibrand has done as a Senator, point out how she voted and how you would have voted differently and why. That's a compelling campaign."
Jacobs made his request just after Senator Gillibrand reiterated her attacks while Ford said he thinks the pressure of a possible primary is getting to her.