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Harold Ford Sr. Sees GOP Hand in Dead Vote (we are victims)
The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | December 16, 2005 | Marc Perrusquia

Posted on 12/16/2005 2:53:22 AM PST by mcg2000

Republican leader calls former congressman's claim 'absurd'

As a Shelby County voter fraud investigation lurches forward, former congressman Harold Ford Sr. isn't waiting for answers.

Ford said Thursday he's opened his own investigation into allegations that two dead voters cast ballots in the September state Senate race that his sister, Ophelia Ford, won by 13 votes.

Ford said he's not prepared to make any accusations, yet suggested evidence of any skulduggery will lead to Republicans, not his own Democratic Party.

"It's gotten to (where people are saying), 'Hey, we're out here voting dead people.' It is clear that is not the case. We know that for a fact,'' said Ford.

"We're going to get all the facts. The other side's got all the information, and I think that they are well aware of what took place and what went on."

Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Bill Giannini called Ford's statements "absurd.''

"Tell Harold Ford Sr. that the folks at the Flat Earth Society say hello,'' Giannini said.

"All we said from day one is we wanted this (tight election) to be looked at. And for Harold Ford Sr. to get involved in it at this point is certainly puzzling.''

Emotions have flared since Ophelia Ford won a squeaker Sept. 15 over Republican challenger Terry Roland for the Dist. 29 Senate seat vacated by another Ford sibling. John Ford resigned in May after his indictment on bribery charges.

Contesting the results, Roland is asking the Senate to overturn the election, alleging widespread voting irregularities.

Meantime, an investigation by The Commercial Appeal found that the names of two elderly voters who died weeks before the election were used to cast ballots in a North Memphis precinct.

Requesting a criminal probe, Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Greg Duckett said he believes as many as five ballots may have been forged in heavily Democratic Precinct 27-1. Those ballots include the two cast in the names of dead voters as well as three others, he said.

Duckett said authorities are suspicious, in part, because ballot applications for all five votes appear to contain similar handwriting.

Duckett said at a Wednesday press conference he suspects the culprit is a poll worker or someone with specialized election knowledge, a suspicion advanced Thursday by longtime commissioner O.C. Pleasant.

"It took several persons involved to make happen what did happen,'' Pleasant said. "I don't know where it will lead to.''

Citing the criminal probe, election officials have declined to release the names of poll workers who manned the Precinct 27-1 polling place at Fire Station No. 6, at 924 Thomas.

Verline Mayo, the official in charge of the polling place, said she had no clue how votes were registered for Joe L. Light, 70, and Archie L. Kirkwood, 72, both of whom died weeks before the election.

"I don't know how that could have happened,'' said Mayo, 68, a longtime North Memphis resident who has worked as an Election Day poll worker since 1964 and who has overseen Precinct 27-1 for several years.

"We've got a pretty good clean record up there.''

Speaking in her North Memphis home, Mayo said she didn't have all the names of the poll workers who worked with her on Election Day.

Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons said he called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday to open a criminal probe but said the investigation likely won't start in earnest until next week.

Not waiting around, Ford Sr. said he's already made several calls and intends to interview all 32 of the living voters who cast ballots in Precinct 27-1. Including ballots of the two dead voters, 34 votes were cast in the precinct, and 32 of them were for Ophelia Ford.

"We want the truth to come out,'' said Ford, 60, a lobbyist who served in Congress until 1997. His son, Rep. Harold Ford Jr., succeeded him.

Ford Sr. first called the newspaper on Wednesday to make it clear that his family business, N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, didn't bury Light or Kirkwood. On Thursday, Ford confirmed that J.E. Herndon, the funeral home operator who buried Kirkwood, also works for the Ford Funeral Home as an embalmer.

"This was an inside job,'' he said. "Why would Ophelia Ford want to get into the Election Commission and vote the dead?''

Despite his own suspicions, Ford said he believes fraud may be limited to the ballots of the two dead voters. The other three ballot applications with similar handwriting likely involved a poll worker assisting illiterate voters, he said.

Republicans invested a lot of money in North Memphis' Democratic precincts in advance of the election, Ford said, indicating that that's the trail to follow.

"I see the trend where this is going to be headed,'' he said, "and it's not coming to us.''


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Arkansas; US: Mississippi; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: corruption; deadvote; democrats; dems; fraud; haroldford; memphis; tennessee; tirp; vote; waltz
Ford said he's not prepared to make any accusations, yet suggested evidence of any skulduggery will lead to Republicans, not his own Democratic Party.

Time Tested Formula ... Ford Family + Opportunity = Corruption

1 posted on 12/16/2005 2:53:26 AM PST by mcg2000
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To: mcg2000

Ford family and Dimwit SOP, here. Accuse your opponent of the very crimes that you have committed. And, what better place to race-bait than in Memphrica? The Ford sycophants will eat this rhetoric up.

That's okay, though; Junior's senate bid is going deeper into the toilet with every utterance of every crooked pol and election commissioner involved in this latest fraud, and that, as they say, is a good thing.


2 posted on 12/16/2005 3:05:37 AM PST by thelastvirgil ("When the roll is called in congress, they don't know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty'.")
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To: mcg2000

My aunt, a lifelong liberal who always voted Democrat, passed away this last summer.

Someone took a picture of her in the casket in case MN requires picture ID to vote in the future.


3 posted on 12/16/2005 3:14:14 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with enemies who have dementia .)
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To: mcg2000

DimoGenerats, are the ones who flesh out their
voting members with stiff people.

Necrophilia has a long history tied the DimoGenerat
Culture of Death Party.


4 posted on 12/16/2005 3:29:55 AM PST by Baby Driver
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To: Baby Driver

Memphis is as corrupt as New Orleans. It's just that the crime familiy's name is Ford instead of Landrieu.


5 posted on 12/16/2005 3:39:29 AM PST by Neville72 (uist)
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To: mcg2000

"Tell Harold Ford Sr. that the folks at the Flat Earth Society say hello,'' Giannini said.




Priceless.


6 posted on 12/16/2005 3:43:23 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: Neville72

That's a fact. Harold Senior must have been storing votes for thirty or forty years, and his brother is another story. They had a history with a banker in Knoxville, Butcher was the name I think, that happened twenty or so years ago. I have forgotten what happened with that, but I'll google it and find out.

The Fords have always been good at escaping the snare.


7 posted on 12/16/2005 3:48:52 AM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: mcg2000

So they think the Republicans are behind it, huh? Makes sense to me for the Republicans to have dead people vote for their opponent.


8 posted on 12/16/2005 3:51:08 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

"He was also the incorporator and president of a small company, Tenn-Ford Inc., that figured in a Tennessee political scandal. Beaty and former Rep. Harold Ford Sr., a Memphis Democrat, were indicted on federal bank fraud charges in 1987 and acquitted in 1993 after two trials. The government argued unsuccessfully that Tenn-Ford was a shell company created to funnel payoffs to Ford from Tennessee bankers Jake and C.H. Butcher Jr."

There is a lot more, but the escape artistry, abeted by state political interference, has kept the family in political office, and in effective control of Shelby County, Tennessee for many years.


9 posted on 12/16/2005 3:58:25 AM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: billhilly

Like the Longs of Louisiana of years past. Is the articulate very light skinned black U.S. representative Harold Ford, Jr.?


10 posted on 12/16/2005 4:06:58 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: mcg2000

"I see the trend where this is going to be headed,'' he said, "and it's not coming to us (if I can prevent it).''

Democrats!!!


11 posted on 12/16/2005 4:07:22 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Yes, Harold Ford Jr. "Inherited" his congressional seat from his dad, Harold, Sr. Harold Senior's brother, a state senator, is under indictment now, I believe. Harold Jr., meantime, is running for US Senator in Tennessee.


12 posted on 12/16/2005 4:23:02 AM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: billhilly

If I had taken the time to read the article more thoroughly I would have seen that State Senator John Ford had resigned after his indictment on bribery charges, setting up the race in question for Ophelia Ford, who appears to be short a few votes from live voters.


13 posted on 12/16/2005 4:26:11 AM PST by billhilly (Demo cammo is yellow and white)
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To: mcg2000

It's the FORDS that are corrupt...and they own a funeral home..good place to obtain the names of dead people and their votes.


14 posted on 12/16/2005 5:08:34 AM PST by GailA (Happy Birthday to my Lord and Savior Jesus.)
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To: GailA

I didn't even think of the funeral home angle!? G'job!


15 posted on 12/16/2005 5:10:22 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: thelastvirgil

Your Post is dead on. The Democrats always accuse the opposition of doing just what they are doing. But ya kow what?? It works. It has been working for them for years. They dont lay down like the Republicans, they attack.
They are crooked slimes they rotten to the core but they win many times because they dont lay down.

I wish I could say the Republicans had some fight in them, Unfortunately I cant.


16 posted on 12/16/2005 5:13:19 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: mcg2000
The simple solution to this voting by the dead claim is to get one of those cadaver sniffing dogs from a search rescue and recovery team, and let id sniff around the activist in each party. The scent of the voting cadavers will be upon those who dug them up and transported them to the voting precincts.
17 posted on 12/16/2005 5:21:09 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Okay, bring our troops home. But don't feign surprise when the terrorists tag along.)
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To: mcg2000

Sleaze will out.


18 posted on 12/16/2005 5:23:32 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: sgtbono2002

I have long held the position that incumbent politicians are a huge threat to our well-being. The corruption in the Ford family is only the tip of the iceberg; every level of government is filled with career politicians intent on filling their pockets at our expense.

I will never vote for another incumbent, at any level of government, again. Maybe, just maybe, we would get better government if those in office were a little more wary of losing their spots in the ivory towers.


19 posted on 12/16/2005 5:39:49 AM PST by thelastvirgil ("When the roll is called in congress, they don't know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty'.")
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To: mcg2000
Speaking in her North Memphis home, Mayo said she didn't have all the names of the poll workers who worked with her on Election Day.

How much do you wish to wager that the complete list of workers no longer exists?

20 posted on 12/16/2005 5:45:13 AM PST by MortMan (There is no substitute for victory.)
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To: thelastvirgil

I'll say this about that. I've found now, watching primary campaigns against incumbents, that it is almost impossible for a party to replace an incumbent and win the election. In Virginia, we had two state delegates who were moderate republicans. One "retired" because of opposition, the other lost in a primary. Each strongly endorsed and raised money for the DEMOCRAT opposing the republicans, and the democrats won both seats.

I think we can win those seats back, but it will be hard because of the animosity and split in the party caused by these incumbents.

It may be better to simply vote for the democrat opponent if you want to get rid of a republican incumbent -- you can then have the party "coalesce" around a new candidate without all the animosity of a primary challenge.


21 posted on 12/16/2005 6:11:12 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

If we haven't learned by now that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two major parties, then we are truly stuck on stupid, and deserve the fate that awaits us.

I say kick the bastards out. Incumbency is so out of hand that fewer than thirty house seats will be in contention in '06. What in the wide, wide world of sports are we thinking? Do we really want to continue this out-of-control oligarchy? I think not.


22 posted on 12/16/2005 6:30:05 AM PST by thelastvirgil ("When the roll is called in congress, they don't know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty'.")
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To: MortMan
"We've got a pretty good clean record up there.''

pppppffffffftttt! 34 votes,out of that 2 were dead...and she can't recall who was working there that day??? 32 live people walked in and voted ALL DAY and someone there chucked in two dead ballets plain and simple. CHARGE HER,she'll sing.

23 posted on 12/16/2005 6:41:25 AM PST by Minnesoootan
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To: mcg2000
"It's gotten to (where people are saying), 'Hey, we're out here voting dead people.' It is clear that is not the case. We know that for a fact,'' said Ford.

this and the "we did not bury them" from yesterday...he's protesting too much.

24 posted on 12/16/2005 6:43:43 AM PST by Minnesoootan
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