Friday, October 27, 2006

Phil Bredesen's Partners: Ophelia Ford

Another installment from the Big Jim Bryson for Governor Campaign:

Governor Bredesen recently filmed an ad called "My Partner" with U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr. We thought you would like to know a little bit about Bredesen's other partners.

Today we chronicle the relationship between the Governor and another of his closest partners: disgraced former State Senator Ophelia Ford.

Governor Bredesen has a unique view of the election process. When Senator Ophelia Ford's stolen election was voided by the state senate, this is what Bredesen had to say:
"I suspect you can go to any election in the state of Tennessee and find people who have voted and shouldn't have voted and find some people who were felons who might've voted," Bredesen said.("Senate Voids Ford Election," The City Paper, April 20, 2006)

While that statement certainly doesn't inspire pride in our state or our election process, it was music to Sen. Ford's ears. Even better was the Governor's comment that unseating Ford was a "mistake".

Prior to the Senate's voiding of the election, Gov. Phil Bredesen came out against it, saying voiding the election is a "mistake," even with ballots cast in the names of dead people and by convicted felons.("Senate Voids Ford Election," The City Paper, April 20, 2006)

So, what exactly happened in that election that caused the Tennessee senate to void it 26-6 and find it "incurably uncertain and untrustworthy" - yet not faze Governor Bredesen?

From the police blotter:

Verline Mayo, 69: Officer in charge at Precinct 27-1, she's charged with 20 felony counts of illegal voting, making false entries on election documents, official misconduct and inducing others to commit illegal acts. Also faces a misdemeanor count of failing to perform an official act.

Gertrude Otteridge, 64: Election judge at 27-1, she's charged with nine felony counts of illegal voting, false entries, official misconduct and inducing others to commit illegal acts. Also faces a misdemeanor count of failing to perform an official act.

Mary McClatcher, 52: Substitute election judge, she's charged with six felony counts of illegal voting and false entries.('Dead voter' Precinct 27-1 is no more, Memphis Commercial Appeal, March 28, 2006)

Article III, Section 10 of our state constitution says that the Governor shall take care that the laws of the state be faithfully executed. Instead of upholding the law, Governor Bredesen asks the citizens of this state to accept crime as a matter of course. Tennessee deserves better than that.

Tomorrow: Meet another one of Bredesen’s Partners!

To see previous partners click here.
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