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  Harold Ford Jr. Gets Hostile Reception from Stonewall Democrats
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Feb 25, 2010 05:14pm
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AuthorHeather Grossmann
News DateThursday, February 25, 2010 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCHELSEA —Boos, hisses and derisive chants punctuated former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr.'s speech at the Stonewall Democratic Club in Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Ford, who is contemplating a run for U.S. Senate against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, was interrupted several times as he answered questions on issues important to the club's liberal progressive political mission, including marriage equality, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and abortion rights.

"Anti-choice, Anti-gay, Snake Oil Harry, Go Away!" audience members chanted, referencing the characterization of Ford as a "snake oil salesman" by outgoing executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda Alan Van Capelle.

The potential candidate apologized for voting twice for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage as a congressman in Tennessee and asked the audience to accept the evolution of his views on the issue, using himself as an example of what advocacy for change can do.
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