What’s for breakfast?

I attended the breakfast Harold Ford sponsored for the newly elected members of the Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee and it’s new chair, Matt Kuhn.

The breakfast was held at Café Francisco on North Main. When I arrived a little after nine the restaurant was packed with movers, shakers, wannabe movers and shakers, posers and the just plain curious. Joe Cooper was also in attendance. Insert your own comment here.

U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. declared unity Saturday with the new leadership of the local Democratic party, a week after a hard-fought county party convention.

Ford also mounted a sharply worded defense of his support of Bush administration policy in Iraq.

"I don't have the luxury of sitting back and writing about it. I don't have the luxury of sitting back and hoping that it goes right," Ford told the group of over 150 at Cafe
Francisco in Downtown Memphis.

"As painful as it may sound to some, I'm rooting between now and next November for George Bush to get it right -- for one reason -- there are 1,800 kids dead over there. If there's a way to figure out an answer to that problem, I want it figured out. We'll figure out how to beat him another way."

Remember that this event was also a party fundraiser. I have no idea how much was raised (or promised) but I do know that Joe Cooper coughed up the only donation announced. As before, insert your own comment.

And just where was Hal Jr. last Saturday? Word has it that he was campaigning in another part of the state.

Excerpts are from today's Commercial Appeal.


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