State Senator John Ford lashed out at what he calls racist reporting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Metaxas, 2/9/05, 6:30 p.m.

State Senator John Ford lashed out at what he calls racist reporting

This week State Senator John Ford lashed out at what he calls racist reporting. It's the latest in a string of incidents attracting attention to the state senator. Action News 5 traveled to Nashville Wednesday to see how all of this is affecting work at the capitol. Senate members taking care of business in Nashville say the controversies surrounding Senator John Ford are not affecting business at the Capitol. Sen. Steve Cohen said, "No, there's always some type of issue involving some senator or some representative or some personnel. That's just part of the game up here. It's unfortunate it's not the college of cardinals." In Ford's latest controversy, he verbally attacked what he calls the "white media" out to get him. Ford spoke before leaders of the Tennessee NAACP, Tuesday. He told them he is the target of press attacks because he's successful. He also asked the NAACP to issue a statement on his behalf. The president of the Tennessee branch said that's not an issue for the NAACP. Senator Ford is already under scrutiny for failure to pay adequate child support, whether or not he lives in his Senate district, and he reportedly did not list income on his senate disclosure form. These issues may result in a senate ethics investigation. Sen. Ron Ramsey, Ethics Committee Chairman said, "We take this seriously. We are talking about someone's life here and we want to make sure we cross every "T" and dot every "I" and follow ethics rules." Ramsey says a formal complaint has not been filed against Ford. We caught up with Ford before the General Assembly. He didn't want to go on camera, but he said he is gearing up for a lawsuit against a Memphis newspaper and he didn't want to comment on camera about any of his issues. Click here to comment on this story.

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