Introducing … The Ford Files: Oppo on St. Pete’s most dangerous candidate

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This is the first in a new series called “The Ford Files.” 

“The Ford Files” will detail several of the black marks on mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford’s political record, including today’s feature when …

Kathleen Ford made her children picket a car wash over a damaged car door.

“Richard Lane, who owns Mariner Car Wash, saw Kathleen Ford’s zeal years ago when Ford took in her Chevrolet Suburban for a cleaning. Somehow her car door was damaged, and Ford and Lane disagreed about who was responsible and should pay for the repairs. Ford went home and briefed her preschool children on the First Amendment right to free speech and peaceable assembly. Then mom and kids returned to Mariner Car Wash with placards declaring, “Mariner wrecked Mom’s Car,” and waved them in front of every customer they saw that afternoon. Lane can’t recall the outcome, but Ford says she remembers it well: She got her way.” [St. Petersburg Times, 2/1/98]

Ford later voted against the car wash owner’s rezoning request because she “had a personal experience with you.” After Ford was elected to the St. Petersburg City Council she cast the only vote against a rezoning request for the car wash owner specifically because of the car door incident:

“Lane said he had more or less forgotten the “kook” who picketed him with her kids until October, when he needed the City Council to approve a rezoning next to Mariner. There she was, staring down at him from the dais. “I unfortunately had a personal experience with you. I can’t set that aside,” Ford said, going on to cast the lone vote against Lane’s rezoning request.” [St. Petersburg Times, 2/1/98]

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