Former state Sen. John Ford was sentenced today to 5 1/2 years in prison and two years of supervised release for his bribery conviction. . . . The Memphis Democrat, took the most bribe money by far of the Tennessee Waltz lawmakers and is the best known statewide. He is a member of one of Memphis’ most active political families and is the uncle of former congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr., who is currently chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.

Harold Ford’s family was a drag on his campaign. I don’t know if this helps — by taking John Ford off the table — or not.