Anthony Weiner took advantage of Harold Ford, Jr.’s potential Senate bid to take another swipe at Senator (and imperfect speller) Joe Lieberman—his health care nemesis.
“If [Mr. Ford] thinks that it’s an appealing argument to position yourself as being somebody who will stand up to Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, well I don’t think we need another Joe Lieberman,” Rep. Anthony Weiner told Politico.
Mr. Weiner was referring to a letter Mr. Ford sent to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand—his would-be opponent—asking them to withhold their support for the bill until a Medicaid provision is made more amenable to New York, and perhaps to Mr. Ford’s interview with The Times, in which the former Tennessee congressman said: “If I am elected senator from New York, Harry Reid will not instruct me how to vote.”
Mr. Ford also said he had toured the city’s five boroughs by helicopter. “Maybe when his helicopter lands in Queens next, I can ask him,” Mr. Weiner joked.
But Mr. Ford does not seem in any particular hurry to reach the New York delegation, either by helicopter, or by phone. Eliot Engel said he hasn’t even received a phone call from his friend and former colleague.