As the 9th District Democratic congressional primary heads into its final week, not only is mud being slung at an intensifying rate by this or that candidate, but now it appears that some previously uncommitted warhorses are picking sides. The financial disclosures of candidate Julian Bolton (one of the recent slingers) show that former congressman and longtime political broker Harold Ford Sr. has forked over $2100 the maximum permitted to Boltons coffers. This, after a Bolton visit to Palm Beach, Fords current residence, and appeal for support.
This news may come as a shock to Nikki Tinker (a slinger in her own right) and Joe Ford Jr. (so far a non-slinger), two other candidates who have laid claim to Ford-clan political support. Shelby County mayor A C Wharton, who may merely be honoring a county-government associate, has meanwhile contributed to Boltons campaign to the tune of $1000.
(For more, including facsimile of Bolton's financial disclosure, go to "Political Beat"