Thursday, May 1, 2014
Fallout Part 1 - Rob Ford is dead right about one thing in his latest bad behavior tape
A new video and a separate recording have emerged that show Rob Ford back on what may be a crack pipe and getting drunk in a downtown bar, where he utters a few choice words about low-polling rival Karen Stintz.
Despite uttering some slurs about Italians, the bar tape is not insurmountable for the Ford campaign. As described by the National Post, "The tone of the room as Mr. Ford utters the words is light and peppered with laughter. It’s entirely possible that the men being addressed by Mr. Ford are of Italian descent and saw the mayor’s use of the words are mere friendly banter."
The new drug video is another matter, and Ford has prudently decided to take a leave of absence from his reelection campaign and the mayor's office. However Ford's lawyer insists the mayor will "for sure" stay on as a candidate for the Oct. 27 mayoral election.
How long that lasts and whether he can come back remain to be seen. One thing for certain is that the only way of counting out Rob Ford is if he takes himself out. People who were certain of his demise after numerous incidents that would have killed the political careers of others have been disappointed to see Rob Ford reemerge strong time after time. It's too soon to say whether this will be another of those times or if this finally is the last straw for Rob Ford.
But he does have a shot at a comeback, mainly because of a factor that he put in crude but accurate terms that were revealed in the surreptitious recording made of him at a downtown Toronto club.
Ford told his drinking partners for that evening that, " I’d rather lose to Olivia Chow than lose to anyone, man, because you know what? [The city’s] going to get fucked so bad, they’re going to say ‘thank you.’ "
About that, Ford is dead right. Toronto would indeed be right and truly screwed if Olivia Chow were to become its mayor.
The former NDP MP is hopelessly incompetent and comes across as a near-idiot. Chow's proposals include high taxes which will deliver effectively nothing for Toronto's taxpayers other than increased living costs. As the other main mayoral hopeful, John Tory, correctly put it, she is "hidebound to the unions" in this city and they and her special interest friends would be the only beneficiaries were she to win the mayoral contest.
However there is another way Ford could be mayor following the October 27 election. That is if Rob Ford's brother Doug, currently a city councilor representing Etobicoke, enetrs the race in his stead.
Doug Ford is Rob's campaign manager, is a proponent of the same policies, and has both the Ford brand and organization in place. If Rob can't continue the race, then the best hope for Toronto is if Doug takes up the baton and carries it to the finish line for him.