Monday, October 23, 2006

Corker Vs. Ford: One Detroit Weighs In by Akindele Akinyemi


There are three hotly contested races I am following nationwide.

1. U.S. Senate race in Michigan between Incumbent Debbie Stabenow and Mike Bouchard.

2. U.S. Senate race in Maryland between Rep. Ben Cardin and Lt. Governor Michael Steele.

But the most interesting race anywhere in this country is the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and Bob Corker.

Felicia Benamon, who lives in Memphis Tenn, has been giving blow by blow descriptions of what is going on in this race to me via e-mail. It's so deep that Corker has accused Ford of being at a Playboy party and Harold Ford showed up unannounced at a Corker press interview on LIVE TELEVISION.

I must admit the one good thing that Corker supports is expanding charter options for our children. He strongly feels that Charter schools are the ultimate method of providing for local control – they free teachers, principals and parents from bureaucratic red tape and give them the freedom to succeed.

He also feels that measuring results and insisting on progress in our schools,he knows that we need to make adjustments to No Child Left Behind to ensure the law works effectively for schools and children.

Harold Ford Jr. reminds me of the Kilpatrick family up here in Detroit. They want to be on the family and friends plan. Some say he is arrogant while others say he is a very nice person. However, when I look up his record on education I find this:

Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes.

In other words Ford is anti-educational choice.

Even though I like him as a person I don't like the idea that he tries to pass himself off as a conservative when he is liberal.

I think Tennessee, like Michigan, needs strong conservative candidates to send to the U.S. Senate.

That person should be Bob Corker.

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