Skip to comments.Harold Ford calls himself lawyer, but did not pass bar
Posted on 10/06/2006 7:54:48 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
Ford called self a lawyer but did not pass bar exam By Michael Davis Staff Writer
Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Harold Ford Jr. referred to himself as a lawyer earlier this week, but the congressman has not passed the bar exam.
Michael Powell, senior adviser to the Ford campaign, said U.S. Rep. Ford took the Tennessee bar exam in February 1997 and failed. He said that was the only time Rep. Ford has taken the test.
Rep. Ford, of Memphis, got his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996, according to his congressional Web site.
He said Tuesday during a meeting with Chattanooga Times Free Press editors and reporters that Republican opponent Bob Corker has said the next senator should be a businessman and not a lawyer.
"I told Senator (Lamar) Alexander, I said, I wont hold it against you if Im elected, and theres two lawyers in the delegation who try their hardest to work through the issues," Rep. Ford said.
Corker campaign spokesman Todd Womack said, "If Congressman Ford will stretch the truth about his own resume, what else will he stretch the truth about?" Mr. Powell said it is his understanding that Rep. Ford was joking when he made reference to being a lawyer during Tuesdays meeting.
"He has never held himself out as a lawyer," Mr. Powell said.
He said President Bush has referred to Rep. Ford as a lawyer.
"I think it makes sense to send somebody up to Washington whos not a lawyer," President Bush said at a Nashville fundraiser in late August, according to a transcript. "Nothing wrong with lawyers, we got a lot of them up there."
Mr. Powell said the GOP is finding "petty" things to talk about.
"Were a month out from the election, and the Republicans and Mr. Corker still are not talking about the issues," he said.
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But he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Maybe someone ought to ask Foley to put a stop to that.
No, the point is that he didn't "stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night". The pass rates for ABA approved law schools are usually broke out in bar exam statistics - and for an elite law school like Michigan - I would think the bar pass rate averages about 95%. Putting Ford in the select 5%, and reinforcing the idea the Michigan was selecting on race and not on merit in his case.
What is it about Tennessee Democrats? This reminds me of Al Gore's academic record.
Lincoln's Answer: Four! Calling something something by the wrong name doesn't make it so.
Simplified interpretation: Calling a goat's tail a leg does not make it a leg. It's simply misnamed.
And Mark Foley's penchant for little boys is an issue?
Who is the Times Free Press? Do you have a link? The newspapers in Tennessee should be telling voters about this.
You're less than a foot away from a very tall cliff.
For real, the word `racist' is about to be deployed bigtime in Harold Ford's behalf.
A 'snigger' is what happens when you intend to snicker but end up giggling instead.
Another anti-truth, anti-freedom, anti-life member in good standing of The Democrat Crime Syndicate, whose falsehoods are never challenged but often amplified by his enablers.
Endowed by his enablers with certain alienable rights, that among those are lies, criminality and the pursuit of power.
Is Michael Powell, Colin's son?
CONCLUSION: The bar exam is racist.
Ford will lose. He is not that bright and the Volunteer State voters will see that.
By "pass the bar" I meant drinking establishments -- a play on words. Fat boy has his law degree from the University of Virginia.
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