Drug abusing mayor offers free booze at election event

Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford shares one thing with Auckland Mayor Len Brown:  A total lack of repentance.

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged ”rocky moments over the past year” but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election at a rally he dubbed the official launch of his campaign.

Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, invoked the spirit of second chances during a speech in front of supporters on Thursday. Ford is seeking re-election on October 27 despite acknowledging last year that he had smoked crack cocaine ”in a drunken stupor”.

Volunteers gave out one free drink to everyone at a hall in a Toronto suburb. There were lineups for Rob Ford bobble-head dolls that were being sold to raise money for the campaign. The mayor made his way through the crowd along a red carpet to the stage, led by bag-pipers and volunteers carrying campaign signs.

City council removed most of Ford’s powers after he admitted to having smoked crack.  ”There’s been some rocky moments over the past year. I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes,” Ford said.

You have to admire the balls of someone who is in the news for abusing drugs giving free alcohol to people in an election meeting.   This would be the same as Len Brown having an event where all the Asian professional girls are on offer for a bit of free little slap and tickle.  

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”You know we all have personal stuff. There’s no perfect person and I fully support him,” Schuster said.  George Zambrano also said he’s not concerned about Ford’s personal life.

”He’s saving us money,” Zambrano said, adding when asked about the drug admissions: ”Well you know what, that’s his off time. He can do whatever he wants when he’s not working.”

Ford is popular among a core of voters in his home suburb of Etobicoke. His promises to slash spending, cut taxes and end what he called ”the war on the car” gained him a loyal following in the suburbs that came to be known as ”Ford Nation.”

This is where Len Brown is just missing the plot.  Instead of slashing spending and making like easier for rate payers, he’s not only deeply unpopular, but he also wants more of your money to spend on things that rate payers in general don’t want money spent on.

Len Brown is a political dead man walking.  But he really hopes that in two years time enough of us don’t care enough and will vote him back in.  That’s only going to happen if he changes into a mayor that does what we want him to do during is non-personal time.


– AP

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