The Politico reported this earlier and today Fox made it official (from the release):
Former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. has joined FOX News as a political contributor to the network’s news programming, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News. He will be under contract with FOX News to provide political commentary and analysis on international events and the 2008 election.
Harold Ford, Jr. served Tennessee in the United States Congress for 10 years. He earned a reputation of being one of the most dynamic leaders in the Democratic Party. Described by President Clinton as “the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century,” Ford is now a Professor of Public Policy at Vanderbilt, Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch.
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “We are very happy that Harold Ford, Jr. will bring his independent voice and brilliant ability to analyze the issues to FOX News. His wealth of experience and insight will be key to FOX as we endeavor to stay on top of fast moving events around the world and here in our own country. 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.”
During his five terms in congress, Ford’s focus was results. Having served on both the Financial Services and Budget Committees, his passion for free enterprise and balanced budgets as well as confidence in American ingenuity to overcome any foe, bolsters his belief that America’s best days are in front of us. The challenge and opportunity to grow Americaâ€™s economy, restore our global moral stature and standing in the world, and free us from our dependence on foreign oil, continues to inspire his work today. He believes that government is most effective when it’s working for the betterment of everyone.