Former Congressman join network under 2-year deal

Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic rising star Harold Ford has joined Fox News Channel as a paid political contributor through the 2008 election cycle.

Ford, 36, lost his bid to become Tennessee’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction last fall, and simultaneously gave up the House seat he had held for 10 years.

Since then, he’s been named chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and vice chairman and policy adviser to Merrill Lynch. Young and charismatic, he’s become a hot commodity as a TV political analyst.

“The upcoming Presidential campaign will be one of the most interesting in our lifetime and Harold’s depth of knowledge and analysis about American politics will enhance the news we deliver to our viewers,” FNC chief Roger Ailes said.

The two-year deal contains an out clause should Ford run for the Senate seat held by Lamar Alexander in 2008.

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