Does Wilder foresee Ford ever returning to public office?
"If I was him, I wouldn't want to get back into public life," he said.
"Because I wouldn't want to go to jail," he said.
He pauses a moment.
"They set little traps for me, but I didn't get in them," he said.
Does that mean "they" set a trap for John Ford?
"I know they set a trap for him. Now, that's a crime. When a district attorney puts money in somebody's pocket to put them in jail, and they're innocent, that's a crime. But nobody knows that to be a crime. And that's what you get for being in public life," he said.
And that's what happened to John Ford?
"That's what happened to all of them, that I know anything about. I'm saying it happened to (former Gov.) Ray Blanton, too. It goes way back."
He tells of the time his son, David, was offered $500,000 "to get me in jail."
He identifies "they" as the FBI and TBI.
"They offered that money, but he didn't take it," Wilder said. "They did the same thing with (state Sen.) Jerry Cooper (of McMinnville). They were after Wilder instead of Jerry Cooper in that deal. ... It's just part of being in politics. It's the price you pay.
"They never got me. They worked on it a long time, but they never got me. I was the prime target of the whole durn thing.
"I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I'm a Jeffersonian."
It's reassuring to know Wilder, 87, who has finally had his pilot's license yanked, still plans to fly his beloved "Jaybird," a Twin Comanche PA-39. "I'll just get somebody to ride in the right seat if I need to go somewhere. Fly on down the road," he said.
The Obama campaign beat the drum for change for two years, and the Democrats have been running the legislature almost uninterrupted for 140 years. … What people began to realize is that Jimmy Naifeh was running the state House in service to the special interests with which he was allied. He wasn’t running it in the best interests of the majority of Tennesseans, so they voted for change.Odom enjoys a following of rogues who are fond of the Culture of Sleaze. The point here is that House Democrats need change too, not to mention hope, and Odom won't bring either. Action Andy Sher updates the Odom-Fitzhugh fight.
“Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”Honestly, that is sort of a fishy question. I scoff at jobs that demand pee tests, much less a job that asks whether anyone in my immediate family owns a gun. Seems like a bit of a blunder. Some folks in rural states are already stockpiling weapons for another round of Clinton-esque policy. Why a question that obviously stokes those fears was added to the application is beyond me. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said perhaps it was Cheney's itchy trigger finger that prompted the weird addition. After all, it might be wise to know if any prospective appointee has ever, say, shot a hunting partner. For a new president trying to avoid bad publicity, that's something he might wish to know.
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To the re-education camps, please.
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