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Judith Hope, the former East Hampton town supervisor who chaired the state Democratic Committee, is heading up an attack on former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who gives all impression of running for US Senate against fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, the incumbent.

She issued a letter from abortion rights and women's groups today -- addressed to Ford -- that says: "All of us have worked extremely hard to promote women's equality and to ensure reproductive rights for women.  We are proud that New York is one of the most pro-choice states in the country and we support politicians committed to this standard.  Based on your own words and deeds, you simply do not measure up. "

"Your views as a Member of Congress, a candidate, and a political commentator do not match your current claim that you are pro-choice.  Being pro-choice means you stand up and fight for a woman's right to her own medical decisions, even when it is not popular.  You played politics with a woman’s right to choose in your Tennessee Senate race - proudly calling yourself pro-life and spending campaign money on ads to showcase your anti-choice record." 

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UPDATE: Davidson Goldin, spokesman for Ford, issued this tart response:

"It's so disappointing to see yet another party boss scrambling to  
protect the unelected senator by maliciously distorting Harold's  
record. Harold has always supported abortion rights and will always  
support abortion rights. That's why Planned Parenthood has always  
supported him.

"Just listen to Jeff Teague, president of Planned Parenthood of Middle   and East Tennessee who's known Harold for 20 years and told the New   York Daily News last week: "He voted with Planned Parenthood the  majority of the time - it is wrong to characterize him as anti-choice."