Who Is Harold Ford Jr.? He Could Be Donald Trump's First Democratic Cabinet Pick
Harold Ford Jr. might be making his way back into the political spotlight. Politico reported that President-elect Donald Trump may be considering him for a cabinet position, but who is Harold Ford Jr.? Although he often appears on MSNBC's Morning Joe and other cable news show, it's been close to a decade since he's served in Congress.
Ford served as a five-time congressman from Tennessee and was chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. He ran for senator in 2006, but lost to Republican Bob Corker. It turns out, politics is in his blood: his father also repped the Volunteer State as a congressman — the first African-American to win a congressional seat in Tennessee. And according to his House bio, it's what inspired Ford Jr. to follow in those footsteps,
Ford's mother recalled that, as a four–year–old attending his father's swearing–in as a freshman House Member, Harold, Jr., raised his hand and declared, "This is what I want to be when I grow up."
Since 2011, Ford has worked as a managing director at Morgan Stanley. However, he may be heading back to government. Now, Ford might be brought in to serve Trump as transportation secretary, or possibly another cabinet position, according to a Politico report published Tuesday.
But Ford hasn't been a supporter of Trump. Instead, he endorsed Clinton and donated to her campaign. However, the Politico report noted that "Ford is also close with Trump’s children, Don Jr., Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner," according to an unnamed associate who spoke with the news agency.
Ford has neither confirmed nor denied Politico's report. When asked for comment from the news site about what conversations he may or may not have had with the president-elect and his staff, Ford responded, "I’m on vacation with my family ... I’d appreciate you calling me in the office on Monday."
When his dad, Ford Sr., was confronted about the opportunity for his son, he didn't seem to want to touch that question with a 10-foot-pole either, also using vacation as an excuse when reached for comment by the Memphis Commercial Appeal : "You mean the Trump administration? I better get off the phone. I haven’t heard anything like that at all ... I’m traveling right now, getting ready to get on an airplane for the holiday."
In an interview with Reuters last month, Trump said he "would not consider putting Democrats in his cabinet but would work with them on legislation." But tapping Ford could be just one of the many ways Trump is ditching his campaign vows.