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Tenn. Senator Says He Keeps Two Families
AP - Yahoo ^ | January 23, 2005 | Not shown

Posted on 01/23/2005 4:05:05 PM PST by EveningStar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - State Sen. John Ford testified in a juvenile court hearing that he keeps two homes, living with two different women whose children he fathered.

Ford's testimony was part of his defense in a child support case. The Memphis Democrat heads a Senate committee that guides the state's child welfare policies, and for the past year he's tried to make use of a law he authored that keeps court-ordered support lower when a father is financially responsible for other children.

In a Juvenile Court hearing last year that is set for a follow-up hearing on Tuesday, Ford said he lives some days with ex-wife Tamara Mitchell-Ford and the three children they had together. On others, he stays with his longtime girlfriend, Connie Mathews, and their two children.

Ford and Mitchell-Ford went through a bitter divorce in 2002 that led to Mitchell-Ford's jailing after she plowed her car through Mathews' Collierville home.

Ford said he pays nearly all bills for both families. They stay in houses he owns and where he also lives, though neither home is in his South Memphis Senate district.

"You have two homes?" Referee Felicia Hogan asks during the tape recorded hearing from November. "Well, that's unusual."

"Not necessarily," Ford shot back. "I know people who got five."

Hogan responded: "For child support purposes that's unusual, let me put it that way then."

Ford is battling a suit by a third woman, Dana Smith, who is trying to increase his court-ordered support of a 10-year-old girl he fathered. Smith, a former employee under Ford when he was General Sessions Clerk, won a 1996 sexual harassment verdict against him.

Ford contends that any increase for Smith should be tempered by his financial obligations to his other five minor children. None of those children is subject to child support orders.

In the hearing, Ford argued all five children live in his household — a household that encompasses two homes — and because of that he is exempt from rules requiring strict proof of his financial support of them.

Hogan rejected Ford's request, saying he must produce evidence of bills paid if he wants credit to lessen any modification of Smith's child support.

Mitchell-Ford told The Commercial Appeal newspaper last week said she can verify at least some of Ford's contentions. She said she is six months pregnant, and the father, she said, is John Ford, now 62.

"John is over here every single day, if not staying here," she said.

Ford did not respond to messages left at his Nashville and Memphis offices. Mathews could not be reached.

Ford's comments were part of a hearing more than two years after Smith first petitioned Juvenile Court to increase the senator's $500-a-month support.

Ford's income has risen dramatically in recent years. Evidence presented in the hearing showed Ford's gross income reached $356,899 in 2003 and $255,752 in 2002.

Ford said most of that comes from his private insurance and real estate consulting business, though specific sources remain a secret. At Ford's request, Hogan ordered state's attorney Joseph Little to keep confidential receipts and documented expenses Ford was ordered to hand over.

Disclosure "would expose all of my business interests and everything. It would put me in imminent danger of a lot of different things I don't want to explain in here," Ford told the court.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: bigamy; childsupport; democrat; democratscheat; johnford
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1 posted on 01/23/2005 4:05:05 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: mhking; farmfriend

ping


2 posted on 01/23/2005 4:05:49 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

He is a expert


3 posted on 01/23/2005 4:06:00 PM PST by woofie (Proudly posting inane comments since 1998)
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To: EveningStar

is he kin to Harold Ford?


4 posted on 01/23/2005 4:06:34 PM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on

Yep:

One of Ford's uncles, state Sen. John Ford, is a controversial figure in state politics.
http://asp.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/CandidateProfile.aspx?ci=685&oi=H


5 posted on 01/23/2005 4:08:10 PM PST by eyespysomething (I'm speechless here, but don't worry, it won't last long. Ask my husband.)
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To: EveningStar
Disclosure "would expose all of my business interests and everything. It would put me in imminent danger of a lot of different things I don't want to explain in here," Ford told the court.

Of what? A federal indictment? Interesting.

6 posted on 01/23/2005 4:08:44 PM PST by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: EveningStar


Senator? He's not a Senator


7 posted on 01/23/2005 4:09:16 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: babble-on
is he kin to Harold Ford?

It appears he is kin to most every Ford in the state!

8 posted on 01/23/2005 4:10:24 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (Redneck from a red city, in a red county, in a red state.)
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To: babble-on
is he kin to Harold Ford?

It's his uncle.

http://tinyurl.com/5cstf

9 posted on 01/23/2005 4:10:37 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Don't blame me. I voted for Sharpton.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

What is he?


10 posted on 01/23/2005 4:11:06 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

wow, this dude doesn't seem to have much self control or doesn't know jack about birth control


11 posted on 01/23/2005 4:11:09 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Senator? He's not a Senator

Naw he's a sinner, all right......

Oh, never mind.

12 posted on 01/23/2005 4:11:44 PM PST by Osage Orange ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Rodham Clinton)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

State Senator.


13 posted on 01/23/2005 4:11:58 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: EveningStar


Well, He's not a Senator.


14 posted on 01/23/2005 4:12:01 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: EveningStar

A Democrat. The Party that wants to talk "values" next time around... HA!


15 posted on 01/23/2005 4:13:16 PM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: EveningStar

he'd fit right in, in southern utah or northern arizona.


16 posted on 01/23/2005 4:13:27 PM PST by ken21 (4 as much time as u spend on the internet, u cd have several college degrees--daisy noonan)
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To: EveningStar

Dem = what else to expect. We can be glad Clinton did not end up having a live-in boyfriend when he was Prez.


17 posted on 01/23/2005 4:13:41 PM PST by seppel
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To: EveningStar
Ford said he pays nearly all bills for both families.

He has to shake down a lot of special interest to keep them up. John Ford is the sorriest son of a bitch that ever darkened the doorways of the stat capitol. He actually shot at some workers who were trimming trees for the power company and used his political connections to make sure he was never charged with anything. I hope that the New Madrid fault shakes Memphis loose from Tennessee and it all floats down into the Gulf.

18 posted on 01/23/2005 4:14:08 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

You're having trouble with this, aren't you?


19 posted on 01/23/2005 4:14:48 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: LauraleeBraswell

"Well, He's not a Senator."

Why do you say that? The beginning post states rather plainly that he is a state senator. What do you KNOW to the contrary?


20 posted on 01/23/2005 4:15:43 PM PST by lawdude (Leftists see what they believe. Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: leadpenny


What is the difference?


21 posted on 01/23/2005 4:15:56 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Yes, he is.

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/senate/members/s29.htm


22 posted on 01/23/2005 4:16:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: ken21

Groucho: "Well whadaya say girls? Are we all gonna get married?"

Woman: "All of us? But that's bigamy!"

Groucho: "Yes, and it's big-a-me too."


23 posted on 01/23/2005 4:16:51 PM PST by JennysCool (Rest in Peace, Great Carsoni!)
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To: lawdude



http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Theres no John Ford


24 posted on 01/23/2005 4:17:00 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: EveningStar

Sounds like another Kweise Mfume


25 posted on 01/23/2005 4:17:33 PM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: EveningStar

I live in Tennessee and don't make anywhere near the kind of money Ford does. That being said, in determining child support for my daughter, the only thing the judge took into account was the amount of COURT-ORDERED child support I was already paying for my son (different mother). The judge would not consider any (considerable) additional money I was providing beyond that amount. I pay about $500 per month/perchild and Ford, with his $250,000+ income is paying the same amount? What's wrong with this picture? Let me also say that I gladly support my children even beyond the extent of the court order. I only wish I had more to give them.


26 posted on 01/23/2005 4:17:44 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I hope that the New Madrid fault shakes Memphis loose from Tennessee and it all floats down into the Gulf.

A famous quote in Arkansas around civil war time was..."Memphis is like a leech fastened onto the side of our state, sucking the life blood out of it and never satisfied."
27 posted on 01/23/2005 4:17:47 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: Blood of Tyrants


He's not a national Senator, I guess he's like an assemblyman.


28 posted on 01/23/2005 4:19:04 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: EveningStar
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The wife of state Sen. John Ford was arrested after she allegedly rammed her Jaguar into a house owned by her husband and then assaulted the woman inside.

http://tinyurl.com/6qrhd

29 posted on 01/23/2005 4:20:29 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Don't blame me. I voted for Sharpton.)
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To: eyespysomething
Let's have a quiz....which political party does he claim?
30 posted on 01/23/2005 4:20:30 PM PST by pointsal
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To: LauraleeBraswell

He's a state senator.


31 posted on 01/23/2005 4:20:31 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: eyespysomething
Let's have a quiz....which political party does he claim?
32 posted on 01/23/2005 4:20:40 PM PST by pointsal
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To: seppel
"We can be glad Clinton did not end up having a live-in boyfriend when he was Prez."

Um, Clinton did have a live-in boyfriend when he was Prez... Hillary.

33 posted on 01/23/2005 4:21:16 PM PST by ViLaLuz
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To: pointsal

lol


34 posted on 01/23/2005 4:22:09 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

"The Memphis Democrat heads a Senate committee that guides the state's child welfare policies, and for the past year he's tried to make use of a law he authored that keeps court-ordered support lower when a father is financially responsible for other children."

It's so nice to be able to write the laws in your favor...sarcasm.


35 posted on 01/23/2005 4:22:15 PM PST by Ginifer (Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to act like one!)
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To: Arkinsaw

That is the most bizarre thing I've ever heard. And people elect this guy back to office? Or is he not a senator...or...yikes, I'm so confused!
sundero


36 posted on 01/23/2005 4:22:30 PM PST by brytlea
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To: LauraleeBraswell

I think you need to take some Civics lessons---

All--what if one of Bush's "kin" had this history, it would be front page news, dontcha know!!!

I really looked twice to see if Scrappleface was the author of this story---

The man should be put in a room shackeled to the floor and then put ALL of the wimmen in his life in there for about 5 hours---


37 posted on 01/23/2005 4:22:31 PM PST by Txsleuth (Proud to be a Texan)
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To: EveningStar
"You have two homes?" Referee Felicia Hogan asks during the tape recorded hearing from November. "Well, that's unusual."

"Not necessarily," Ford shot back. "I know people who got five."

And Crazy Mfume's got 7 or 8.

38 posted on 01/23/2005 4:22:47 PM PST by Liberator
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To: EveningStar


There is no senator named John Ford. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Just look


39 posted on 01/23/2005 4:23:08 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Tennessee Legislature

State Senator John Ford (D.-Memphis)
Senate District 29

Source

40 posted on 01/23/2005 4:23:18 PM PST by ViLaLuz
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To: EveningStar
Disclosure "would expose all of my business interests and everything. It would put me in imminent danger of a lot of different things I don't want to explain in here," Ford told the court.

You sure this isn't from Scrappleface.com?

41 posted on 01/23/2005 4:23:34 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

You are talking about the United States Senate. He's in the Tennessee State Senate - a different body.


42 posted on 01/23/2005 4:24:36 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: ViLaLuz
Wait wait, I get it. He's a state Senator not a national Senator. Okay,
43 posted on 01/23/2005 4:24:40 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Bicameral state legislatures have both representatives and senators, same as the feds.


44 posted on 01/23/2005 4:24:56 PM PST by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: EveningStar


Yes, gotcha. Thankyou, I learn more everyday!


45 posted on 01/23/2005 4:25:11 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: EveningStar

"You have two homes?" Referee Felicia Hogan asks during the tape recorded hearing from November. "Well, that's unusual."
"Not necessarily," Ford shot back. "I know people who got five."

More than likely a relative.


46 posted on 01/23/2005 4:25:26 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: exnavychick


thankyou!


47 posted on 01/23/2005 4:25:36 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: ViLaLuz

Thank you for clearing that up. Of course, it's still BIZARRE.
sundero


48 posted on 01/23/2005 4:25:39 PM PST by brytlea
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To: LauraleeBraswell

You're welcome.


49 posted on 01/23/2005 4:26:13 PM PST by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: EveningStar

Just what we need, lawmakers making child welfare laws tailored to their personal needs. This is disgusting.


50 posted on 01/23/2005 4:27:05 PM PST by sweetliberty
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