December 18, 1996 |
It's been six weeks now since Mississippians last eyeballed their governor, and that was of him laid out on a stretcher after almost dying in a fiery, single-vehicle crash. Gov. Kirk Fordice, 62, was driving home alone on election night from Memphis where he had been spied dining--and supposedly holding hands--with a woman who was not his wife. His car left a highway, struck several trees, soared 40 feet through the air and landed on its roof before catching fire.
January 15, 1992 |
Kirk Fordice was sworn in as Mississippi's first Republican governor since the Reconstruction era of 1876. Fordice, 54, a businessman who saw the Republican Party through two decades of building itself into a political force in Mississippi, won the Jackson Statehouse by defeating Democratic incumbent Ray Mabus. Fordice campaigned on a conservative platform opposing affirmative action and supporting welfare reform.
November 21, 1992 |
Gov. Kirk Fordice apologized for saying America was a "Christian" nation. The rabbi at the state's largest synagogue said he was satisfied. Fordice said at a Republican governors' gathering in Wisconsin this week that "the less we emphasize the Christian religion, the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos in the United States of America." About 20 leaders in the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference called Fordice's comments "deeply disturbing and divisive."
November 9, 1996 |
Gov. Kirk Fordice was back on a ventilator and sedated Friday as he recovered from a near-fatal car crash. Fordice suffered "a small setback but an expected setback" Thursday when he developed swelling problems around his vocal chords, his doctor said. The governor was able to talk to his family while the breathing tubes were temporarily removed, and told them he didn't remember anything about Tuesday's accident in rural Mississippi.
December 1, 1996 |
Gov. Kirk Fordice was released from a hospital, nearly four weeks after he was severely injured when his Jeep veered off a highway, rolled and caught fire. "He said that he has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday," said an aide, Heath Hall. Fordice, 62, was treated at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for smoke inhalation, cuts, broken bones and a bruised heart and lung. He also had shoulder surgery. Fordice was injured Nov.
November 6, 1996 |
Gov. Kirk Fordice was seriously injured Tuesday when his car flipped on an interstate and caught fire. Passersby pulled him from the burning wreckage. "The fire was right there around him," said William Lowe, a truck driver who helped pull the governor from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. He said Fordice, 62, was unconscious. Rescuers had to break into the vehicle, puncture the inflated air bag and cut through the seat belt. Fordice was alone in the car.