May 26, 2005

UNKIND CONTRIBUTION (via Daniel Merriman):

4 Tenn. lawmakers arrested in bribery probe (The Associated Press, May 26, 2005)

Four Tennessee lawmakers, a former lawmaker and two others were indicted Thursday amid a federal investigation into the business dealings of a state senator from Memphis from a powerful political family, officials said. [...]

Those charged included the senator, John Ford; fellow Sens. Kathryn Bowers and Ward Crutchfield; state Rep. Chris Newton; and former state Sen. Roscoe Dixon. Newton is a Republican and the others are Democrats. Calls to the legislators’ offices Thursday were not immediately returned.

Ford also is charged with three counts of attempting to threaten or intimidate potential witnesses. The indictment said he told an undercover agent that “if he caught someone trying to set him up he would shoot that person.”

Ford is alleged to have taken a payoff of $55,000 from E-Cycle Management, with other defendants allegedly getting lesser amounts.

His brother is former U.S. Rep Harold Ford Sr., who served in Congress for 11 terms. His nephew, Rep. Harold Ford Jr., has served five terms in Congress and on Wednesday entered the race for the Senate seat now held by Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist.

"Here, son, hope this helps kickstart your campaign..."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2005 4:53 PM

Entertaining theory in no way grounded in reality: knowing this was coming, Ford Jr. held off switching parties. Now he can leave the Democrats in a fit of moral indignation. It's the ultimate Sistah Soulja moment.

Posted by: Timothy at May 26, 2005 5:01 PM

No, too late-- yesterday, when he announced his candidacy, he said he wasn't going to "trash his family." Timing is everything.

Posted by: Dan at May 26, 2005 5:34 PM