Based on that, BlogTO reporter Ed Keenan provided a twitter transcript of Tory`s comments. When contacted by the Toronto Star`s Daniel Dale, Tory retracted his withdrawal, saying that he only meant he`s not `currently` running.
The speculation is that Tory meant it the first time but retracted and is being equivocal about a mayoral run in order to stimulate interest in him and boost his radio show's ratings.
Tory, who has only briefly ever held elected public office as an MPP from 2005-7, is unlikely to enter a race against fiscal conservative like Ford who is also an effective campaigner. Tory's attempts at elected office were a failed mayoral bid in 2003 which he lost to David Miller, a loss as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in 2007, in which he also lost his seat in the provincial legislature, and a loss in a 2009 provincial by-election.