Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. has been fired by Morgan Stanley amid allegations of misconduct, according to a report from the Huffington Post. He is alson one of the most visible members MSNBC's team of contributors - particularly on the network's "Morning Joe".
Morgan Stanley spokeswoman Margaret Draper said Ford was let go for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies". In a response email, the woman allegedly told him to stop contacting her and cited his inappropriate behavior during their last encounter.
The women, identified as a professional acquaintance, contended that Ford had forcibly grabbed her on one occasion and persistently pursued a relationship with her thereafter, finally ceasing at the woman's insistence. Ford apologized and agreed not to email the woman anymore. She said she had to seek help from a nearby security guard.
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Ford denied the allegations in a statement to HuffPost and said he would bring legal action against Morgan Stanley and the woman. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes.
Ford succeeded his father - Harold Ford Sr. - as the congressman for the heavily-Democratic Ninth Congressional District in 1996. After his narrow loss to Republican Bob Corker in the 2006 Senate race, Ford served a spell as chairman of the now defunct Democratic Leadership Council and taught at Vanderbilt University. During that campaign, a negative political ad aimed at Ford Jr. caused a firestorm when it mentioned his attendance at a 2005 Superbowl party hosted by Playboy.
Since leaving Congress in 2007, Ford has worked for two financial services companies, first for Merrill Lynch and then Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 2011 as a managing director.