State Sen. Aaron Ford, who is the Democratic nominee for attorney general, was arrested four times while a student at Texas A&M in the early 1990s. Ford talked frankly about the arrests in an 8 News Now interview today with PoliticsNOW co-host Steve Sebelius.
Ford said the mistakes he’d made as a younger man shouldn’t define him as a candidate for the state’s top prosecutor, and said they were “illegitimate” issues to discuss on the campaign trail. The arrests took place between 1991 and 1994.
“These things are not at all indicative of who I am, and I would hope that people are able to look at the body of work over the last 25 years of my life and be able to judge me on that, and not on bad decisions I made as a college kid,” said Ford, who appeared with his wife, Berna. “My time at Texas A&M was a growth period for me. It was a transition from being a boy to a young adult.”
In January 1991, after drinking on campus, Ford was arrested by campus police at Texas A&M and charged with public intoxication.
Then, after police came to his apartment in December 1992 in response to a noise complaint, Ford was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear to respond to a speeding ticket.
In July 1993, Ford’s then-girlfriend called police to her apartment, where she and Ford were living together after the birth of a son, and reported he was there without her permission. Ford was not arrested in that incident, and no charges were filed against him.
Finally, in June 1994, Ford was arrested on a theft charge after he failed to pay for a new tire for his car. He was arrested a second time, in December 1994, after he failed to appear at an arraignment on the charges. The case was eventually dismissed after he made restitution to the tire shop owner.
The revelations come on the heels of more recent news that Ford faced more than $185,000 in IRS liens levied against him for underpaying his taxes from 2010 through 2014. Ford said his family struggled during the recession with college tuition payments and health care expenses, but confirmed that the IRS debt had been repaid in full.
Ford will face Republican Wes Duncan, a former top deputy in the attorney general’s office, on the November ballot.
For more on this breaking story, tune in to 8 News Now at 6 p.m., and watch PoliticsNOW at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.