Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"Let Me Have the Floor, Baby." Edmund Ford Blows Up.

No Cutoff as Ford Rants to Council

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A finger-pointing Edmund Ford ranted at his fellow City Council members and members of the media for 18 minutes Tuesday in a committee meeting, and nearly got into an altercation with City Council Chairman Tom Marshall.

Ford has been in the news constantly for the last several weeks due to his federal indictment on bribery charges and, more recently, his MLGW bills. During a committee meeting Tuesday, he blasted Marshall, Carol Chumney, members of the news media and others. Chumney, who was chairing the meeting, at first tried to cut Ford off but eventually just let him ramble.

Ramble he did, saying Marshall “got $1.4 million” in school board contracts, Chumney “got fired” from her old law firm (she protested that the statement was untrue), and television news reporters hounded him and his wife like paparazzi chasing Princess Diana to her death.

In a hallway confrontation, Ford and Marshall nearly came to blows, according to Marshall, after Ford first pointed his finger at him then put a hand on him. A sergeant-at-arms stepped between them.

WMC-TV Channel 5 has raw video (and we do mean raw) of Ford's rant. Among his finer rhetorical moments: "Don't Make Me a Punk" and "Don't Chase My Wife." A bravura performance. Not to be missed.

Watch here, as Ford takes the whole council on a joyride through Crazytown.

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