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Ford Pushed Johnson Controls in Senate Office

(Story created: 3/15/05)

FIRST ON 5: There's new information about state Sen. John Ford's work for heat-and-air giant Johnson Controls.

Metro Finance Director David Manning says Ford summoned him to his Senate office in 2003.

There, he found company representatives.   They wanted to talk about a request for proposals -- or RFP -- for a Metro contract.

"Had I known what the meeting was about before I went to the senator's office, I would not have gone because it was an active RFP," Manning tells NewsChannel 5. "

I would have simply told them I could not talk to them about that and encouraged them to bid."

This is how Manning's notes at the time recorded the meeting:

"The meeting was set up by Senator Ford and I did not know what it was about until I got there. I told them that we hoped they would submit a proposal. I advised them to follow the RFP closely and that they could review public documents such as the School Audit, the current contract we have with Siemans, etc. Just FYI."

Johnson Controls did not win the contract.

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