This one is really surprising, I guess. In this day and age, with fact-checking at the speed of sound(bite), candidates who make false claims are caught awfully fast. So it is that Harold Ford, Jr. Democratic Senate candidate in Tennessee has shot himself in the foot. He had been running a pretty tight campaign up until this point, too. Claiming you are a lawyer when yo have not passed the bar is raw meat to the opposition.
Harold Ford Jr. says, "I'm a lawyer. You would expect all of those who are interviewed to be truthful and candid and forthcoming."
Yeah, Harold… you sure would!
But, theres a problem…
Harold Ford Jr. never passed the bar exam, which is nothing to condemn the man about. But, the fact that he goes around and calls himself a lawyer IS a problem.
The Chattanooga Times also finds Harold Ford Jr. guilty as charged for impersonating a lawyer:
Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam.
Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed. He said that was the only time Rep. Ford has taken the test.
Rep. Ford, of Memphis, got his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, according to his congressional Web site.
He said Tuesday during a meeting with Chattanooga Times Free Press editors and reporters that Republican opponent Bob Corker has said the next senator should be a businessman and not a lawyer.
"I told Senator (Lamar) Alexander, I said, ‘I won’t hold it against you if I’m elected, and there’s two lawyers in the delegation who try their hardest to work through the issues," Rep. Ford said.
It seems today is the day for a number of candidates, from both parties, to have stumbled over amateurish mistakes. Welcome to the major leagues, guys. There is still time to recover, but mistakes like this can kill you if they continue.