Monday, January 24, 2005

Who's Your Daddy?

Update: Tennessee State GOP files inquiry into Ford's residency. The Tennessee Constitution says senatorial districts ''shall be represented by a qualified voter of that district.'' Ford's two homes lie outside his district, but he is registered to vote at a family run funeral home. State law requires you to fill out the "address where you live." on registration forms. Breaking the law could result in up to a $3,000 fine and 6 years in jail.

Tennessee State Senator John Ford (D-Memphis) authored a law which keeps court-ordered child support lower when a father is responsible for other children. Ford also heads the Senate committee which guides the state's child welfare policies. In this case, it is not a senator looking out for constituents, but his own wallet.

Raising a family today is difficult. It is even more difficult when you are raising more than one as Ford has been doing. Ford, 62, testified that he has two homes and spends some days with he ex-wife and their three children. Other days he spends with his girlfriend and their two children. Ford owns the homes and pays the bills for both, when asked about having two homes, Ford shot back "I know people who got five."

Ford is also fighting a suit by a third woman, who Ford fathered a 10-year old child with and won a sexual harassment verdict from the senator in 1996. The woman is trying to increase Ford's child support, which is only $500 a month. Senator Ford earned $356,899 in 2003, up from $255,752 in 2002.

(Source - Yahoo news)