Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Wins City Council Seat as Brother Loses Mayor’s Race
The next mayor of Toronto will not be a Ford brother. Canada’s largest city elected its new mayor Monday night. The AP reports that moderate conservative John Tory received 40 percent of the vote versus 34 percent for Doug Ford, the brother of current mayor Rob Ford.
Rob Ford became an instant late night punchline when accusations of his drug use were published. Videos eventually surfaced showing the mayor in a drunken state using racial slurs.
“Yes I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford said at a press conference late last year. “Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.”
Ford refused to resign as mayor. The city council, which had no power to remove him from office, instead chose to greatly weaken his powers.
Amazingly, Ford decided to initially run for re-election. He withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with an abdominal tumor. His brother, Doug, who is also a member of the city council, replaced him on the mayoral ballot.
Rob Ford decided to run for his old city council seat after ending his re-election campaign for mayor. Ford won that race Monday night in a landslide.