Monday, October 30, 2006

Blackburn and Bryant Blast Ford's 'Republicans Don't Love the Lord' Comment as Offensive to All Tennesseans Regardless of Party

Two of Harold Ford Jr.’s congressional colleagues today blasted Ford’s divisive comment that only Democrats love the Lord, not Republicans, as an affront to all Tennesseans regardless of faith or political affiliation.



Video of Ford’s comments recorded this weekend at a Democrat gathering in Paris, Tennessee -- and being played on talk radio and TV outlets within Tennessee and nationally, shows Ford stating the following:



“My friend Lincoln Davis who chairs our campaign says there are, there’s one big difference between us and misfortunate Republicans when it comes to our faith: he said that Republicans fear the Lord; he said Democrats fear AND love the Lord.” (applause)… (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyndlrgODN8)



From Congressman Marsha Blackburn:



"If Harold Ford believes what he said about our relationship with God is true, then it's incredibly disturbing. If it was merely a politically motivated remark, then it's incredibly disgusting. Tennesseans expect and deserve better than this sort of foolish and inappropriate behavior. It’s outrageous for Harold Ford to say that someone's love for the Lord depends on their political views – and it is offensive to all Tennesseans who want their next Senator to bring people together, not divide them. This is just one of several irresponsible and insulting comments I’ve heard Congressman Ford make during this campaign."



And from former Congressman Ed Bryant:



“People in West Tennessee are already talking about Congressman Ford’s inappropriate and outrageous comment – and as he travels West Tennessee today he’s going to have to answer for saying something so irresponsible. The fact that he’s trying to evade responsibility for his own words is even more appalling, and says quite a bit about the man himself.”



We believe that on November 7th, Tennesseans will decide for themselves what they think of Ford’s judgment, temperament and lack of Senatorial demeanor.

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