Leading to that classic campaign slogan: I can can-can sober!
There have been rumours of video evidence floating around for months. A couple of weeks ago, Ford's popularity was trending up, again. I was wondering if the rest of the city was on drugs, too. But after the admissions, I'm hoping he doesn't get reelected next fall. And I don't even live there.
It doesn't help any that he said a few months ago, in so many words, that he had never used cocaine, and is now claiming that it's okay, the reporters didn't ask the right questions. I'm sorry, "Have you ever used cocaine?" is the right question, or a right question, if you want to know whether someone has used cocaine. It doesn't have to be "have you ever smoked crack indoors, while in a drunken stupor?"
That level of evasiveness isn't something I'd want in a mayor, or anyone else who is making government policy or responsible for finances. It's the sort of non-logic that leads to "but how could you expect me to tell you where the money was invested, you didn't specifically ask whether it was in a Nevis blind trust benefiting my brother's unborn children."
Oh god, it gets even better today! New video!!! More drunkenness and the uttering of non-specific death threats. What's more, because this one isn't tied to a murder investigation (the other one where he's smoking crack, one of the guys in the video was murdered soon after) it's all over the news for your watching pleasure!
Rob Ford's popularity rating has actually gone up. Many of his supporters are of the mind, "so he smoked crack, so what?" They think the media's to blame, which I agree to a point, it really has exploded. BUT, it didn't have to be this big of a story. If he had just admitted it back in May when Gawker/TorStar broke the story, took a leave of absence and came back, this wouldn't be as huge of a story as it is. But he didn't. He lied, and by doing so, lost confidence of his council and many of the citizens/taxpayers. What else has he lied about?
It's no longer *just* about the crack cocaine and drunk driving/behaviour. It's now about the lying, possible blackmail/extortion, shady activities with shady characters and now murder. That's why council is putting in motions to remove his powers (so he'll be a mayor in name only), and why he's losing supporters, not many, but the tide is shifting.
I, as a citizen of Toronto, believe Mayor Ford should resign, go to rehab, and then run for elections in Oct. I would prefer if he wasn't re-elected, but knowing the citizens of this city, I'd say he has a pretty good chance of becoming Mayor next year, with or without resigning.
Toronto really is a great city. We're just dumb some (most) of the time.