Rob Ford, the political laughingstock of the provincial capital of Ontario, aka Toronto’s kooky mayor, has made good on his threats to run again for office. The 44-year-old made a splash Thursday, being the first candidate to show up at City Hall and file reelection paperwork, reported The Associated Press via ABC News today.
“My track record speaks for itself,” Ford told reporters at the City Hall election office.
It sure does.
Let's take a brief review of Ford’s term in office, yes?
Admitting he smoked crack “in a drunken stupor,” bullying council members in open session, having illegal drugs delivered to his home and office, binge drinking, and just some general political stupidity and personal buffoonery to boot.
A brief YouTube search for "Rob Ford" will confirm most, if not all of the above, as well as a number of other hilarious "best of" moments.
Ford took as his slogan, “Ford more years,” the Toronto Star reported, saying Ford is now calling himself “the best mayor this city has ever had.”
“If you want to get personal, that's fine,” Ford told reporters, according to the Star. “I'm sticking to my record, and talk is cheap. You're going to see action like you've never seen before.”
Let’s hope not.
Ford’s erratic and uncontrolled behavior came to a head in November, when he barreled over an elderly councilwoman after attempting to go after someone that he thought was accosting his brother.
The council voted 39-3 last year to suspend Ford's authority as mayor, stripping him of any real legislative ability and transferring the bulk of his budget and the majority of his powers to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. Ford’s melodrama has been headline news in Toronto since May of 2013, when the video of Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaced.
Since then, Ford, who was recently lampooned in a SNL skit, was videotaped drunk (multiple times), admitted to DWI, allegedly pressured a female staffer to engage in oral sex (and then used crude language on live television to deny it), spouted some more obscenities on television, pissed in a public parking lot and admitted to purchasing illegal drugs.
All in a day’s work.
In an interview with CBC last November, the burly mayor, whose personal problems and outbursts have made for daily fodder in major Canadian newspapers, said he’s all done with drinking because he “found Jesus.”
Perhaps the Messiah will vote for him, because not too many Canadians will.