Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford Jr., her likely opponent for the Democratic seat, have engaged in unrestrained bad-mouthing and name-calling, yet at a dinner for Black and Puerto Rican lawmakers yesterday they were able to act like adults for once. The two shook hands warmly, as Gillibrand whispered "Welcome" and "Good to see you," into Ford's ear. Ford thanked her, and came close to giving a hug to the woman who he's previously called a "parakeet," “the unelected senator” and a “tobacco lawyer” (referring to her work as a corporate lawyer). For her part, a ruffled Gillibrand twittered recently: “I wouldn’t let my 6-year-old to engage in this kind of name-calling. And HF thinks he should be senator?”
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In spite of the niceties, both Ford and Gillibrand managed to slide in a few barbs yesterday. "At the end of the day, many people in the state don't know Sen. Gillibrand, don't know a whole lot about her," Ford said on "Meet the Press," hours before the dinner. Gillibrand had her response ready later on: "I'm not worried because at the end of the day, anyone is welcome to move here from Tennessee and run for the Senate," she told reporters. "But I'm running on my record."