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TENNESSEE State Sen. Ford responds after latest outburst
WSMV-4 NBC ^ | 2/15/12 | Cara Kumari

Posted on 02/15/2012 5:29:18 PM PST by SmithL

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A state lawmaker with a history of impassioned speeches was at it again at the Capitol. This time, Sen. Ophelia Ford, D-Memphis, wanted to talk about nurses and her experiences in the hospital.

Sen. Ford reacted during a senate committee meeting Tuesday night over a proposal that would increase penalties for assaults on healthcare workers.

The Memphis lawmaker talked about her own experience during two separate hospitalizations in recent years.

"I cannot tell you the horrific experience that I had, and it was nurses who were mainly doing these things to me," she said.

The bill in question deals with whether or not to increase the punishment for assaulting a healthcare worker.

Sen. Ford spoke for nearly 20 minutes and had to be cut off.

"I would not be in your presence today because of mean, hateful nurses," she said.

She told Channel 4 she disagreed that nurses should get any special treatment when it comes to assault laws.

"I certainly didn't want to bring out personal issues, but it's not just personal. I'm very knowledgeable about healthcare," Ford said.

But she says her experience with nurses is not a reflection on what she thinks about the profession as a whole.

"This is not to say it is all nurses, absolutely not. Absolutely not, and those who know they are good nurses don't have anything to fear," Ford said.

Despite Sen. Ford's desperate plea Tuesday, the committee voted to advance the bill.

(Excerpt) Read more at wsmv.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: fordfraud; memphis; opheliaford
Ophelia's been back in the paint-thinner again?
1 posted on 02/15/2012 5:29:23 PM PST by SmithL
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To: GailA; Coldwater Creek; fieldmarshaldj
I love being back in the Volunteer State.
Keyword: Ophelia Ford

2 posted on 02/15/2012 5:33:23 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: SmithL

If you are so out of control that you would assult people trying to help you, you do you really think you are going to stop to consider that you might be breaking a Federal law and so moderate your behavior?


3 posted on 02/15/2012 5:34:29 PM PST by DManA
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To: SmithL

Let me quess. That nasty nurse forced her to take her thorazine?


4 posted on 02/15/2012 5:36:50 PM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: SmithL

All people should get the same protection. No one should get special rights from government.


5 posted on 02/15/2012 5:40:05 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SmithL

She is exactly who her district wants to represent them as she embodies their values.


6 posted on 02/15/2012 5:41:36 PM PST by henkster (Obama regime mission statement: "Find the people working, and stop them!")
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To: SmithL

7 posted on 02/15/2012 5:42:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: SmithL
I think there should be special penalties for any one that assaults me, threatens me, looks at me funny or says anything about me. Same go's for my family and friends. We're all special too
8 posted on 02/15/2012 5:43:04 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: SmithL

Nurse probably took Auntie’s Sterno away.


9 posted on 02/15/2012 5:44:38 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: SmithL

Ophelia Ford is a member of the Tennessee Senate. She is the younger sister of former state senator John Ford and former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr., and the aunt of former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. She represents Senate District 29, located in Shelby County.

On May 22, 2007, a Nashville cab driver accused Ophelia Ford of grabbing his shirt collar and ripping a button off his shirt while driving Ms. Ford to her hotel. He claimed that Ms. Ford was intoxicated.


10 posted on 02/15/2012 5:45:50 PM PST by kcvl
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To: DManA
They don't screen patients in emergency rooms. So you get some crazies which are scary on occasion. I saw one incident where an armed security guy stood by while a Dr examined the patient who was screaming and cursing vilely. Psychiatric patients should be screened before treatment.
11 posted on 02/15/2012 5:46:26 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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The statists’ faith in the power of a law is almost touching. They really think we are always one law away from paradice.


12 posted on 02/15/2012 5:49:18 PM PST by DManA
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To: GeronL

There is an argument that some, such as police, medical and firefighters should have a higher level of protection because they often do not have the option of leaving the scene of trouble as we do


13 posted on 02/15/2012 5:52:56 PM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: kcvl
Right you are. I've been following the Fords for a while. Check out Keyword FordFraud.
14 posted on 02/15/2012 5:57:36 PM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: SmithL

How much ya wanted bet this cow was combative, abusive, and profane so the nurses had to restrain her. I want to see video of the alleged incident(s). Ford should have no problem with that I’m sure.


15 posted on 02/15/2012 5:59:24 PM PST by Robwin
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To: SmithL

How much ya wanta bet this cow was combative, abusive, and profane so the nurses had to restrain her. I want to see video of the alleged incident(s). Ford should have no problem with that I’m sure.


16 posted on 02/15/2012 5:59:41 PM PST by Robwin
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To: SmithL
I'm sure Senator Ford....was totally compliant and understanding during her hospital stay.
17 posted on 02/15/2012 5:59:59 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: Robwin

She is just another Memphis crack head like most of her followers.


18 posted on 02/15/2012 6:18:26 PM PST by lacey3900
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To: SmithL
Why is the legislature creating another “special” protected class of assault victims?

Do you allow the people you care about to be left alone, while incapacitated, in a hospital?
At the mercy of the staff?

Without witnesses and/or security cameras?

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20 posted on 02/15/2012 6:22:31 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: SmithL

My wife is an RN in middle TN. I’m sure the nurses just recognized her and treated her accordingly.


21 posted on 02/15/2012 6:46:22 PM PST by Boiling point
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To: DJ MacWoW

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22 posted on 02/15/2012 9:46:01 PM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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To: SmithL
I don't know if this is a good bill or not. My opinion is that there should not be special classes of people. Certain groups should not get special consideration over others, such as is the case with so called "hate" crimes.

However, this woman is full of sh**. I have been in the hospital twice over the last several years and I am here to tell you that the vast majority of nurses are the reason I survived the ordeal. Nurses took care of me, not doctors and all but one were great. The one that wasn't great was so politically correct that it was ridiculous.

23 posted on 02/16/2012 4:48:17 AM PST by calex59
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