Gillibrand Tweets Back

After being labeled a “parakeet” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand uses Twitter to poke fun at Harold Ford

By Alexa Tsoulis-Reay
|  Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Gillibrand Tweets Back

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Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand and Harold Ford Jr. exchange words

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Just days after Harold Ford labeled her a “parakeet,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has used her Twitter feed to poke fun at her potential Democratic primary rival.

The junior senator mocked Ford on the eve of President Barack Obama's "State of the Union." She tweeted, “Looking forward to the [State of the Union] tonight.  If HF were here, he would probably be sitting on the Republican side.”

Ford spokesman, Davidson Goldin, swiftly addressed her comments. “Petty insults about a lifelong Democrat from an unelected senator with rockbottom approval numbers would be laughable if they weren’t so desperate,” he told the Daily News.

According to the News, Gillibrand’s tweet topped off a day of mocking from Gillibrand’s camp who predicted that if the Merrill Lynch vice chairman becomes a candidate he will oppose tax cuts, and could revise his position on same-sex marriage, following Obama’s proposition to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

In a Manhattan news conference, Ford said he is a proponent of tax cuts and would support repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."

Ford, who refused to take back his assertion that Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer constantly parrot the Democratic Party line, said that distortion is part of the campaign process.

“I’m sure that if I become a candidate, Sen. Gillibrand will say things about me and distort my record – I think there’s been a little distortion of some of my legislative record over the last several weeks,” he said.

But Ford doesn’t think that Gillibrand’s role as an attorney who represents tobacco interests should matter to voters.

“Sen. Gillibrand was a lawyer and evidently a very good lawyer, and I don’t see why there would be an issue with that,” he said. 

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