Grabbin' the cabbieThe rumors about Ophelia Ford's health and whether or not she may have an alcohol problem took a decidedly serious turn when a Nashville cab driver accused Senator Ford of grabbing him and tearing off his shirt button. Apparently, this fella picked up Ophelia from the Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday evening.
If you've ever been to Nashville, you've probably heard of the Wildhorse. For the most part, I have always found the place to be a tourist trap, but it is certainly not a place you go and don't have a drink (unless you are the designated driver). Like Kleinheider, I am again trying very hard to reserve judgment on this woman, but clearly there is a problem here.
I will be the last person in the world to tell legislators that they should not be able to go out and have a drink or two with the guys/gals after session. When I was in Nashville for Bloggers' Day on the Hill, I had a couple of drinks with legislators, and of both parties-we had a fine time. There is a difference, though, between having a couple of drinks and having a few too many. There is also the distinction between those who can handle certain substances and those who cannot.
Whether Ophelia Ford is an alcoholic or not may be an open question, but clearly her family believes that she needs help. You can chalk up repeated instances of questionable conduct to "illness" all you want, but if Ophelia Ford was as ill as she claims, she had to know about it at the beginning of the Senate session, and would have run for her brother's Senate seat under the false pretense of having the ability to serve.
Senator Ford needs help to overcome her battle(s) before she can safely and sanely return to public life.
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