Yesterday Rob Ford, Mayor of all subway-loving Torontonians, withdrew from the seemingly never-ending election campaign for personal reasons. Earlier in the week, he was admitted to hospital where a tumour was found in his abdomen. The results of a biopsy are expected next week.
Now, pay attention here, for there may be a quiz later. Rob Ford, the current Mayor has withdrawn from the race for Mayor. Current city councillor Doug Ford, Robbie’s big brother, decided to be Rob’s campaign manager rather than run for reelection in Ward 2. A nephew of Robbie, Michael Ford, was running in Ward 2. Here is where it gets complicated (or weird – your choice): Doug yesterday evening, announced his intention to run for Mayor in his brother’s place (more on this later). Rob decided that rather than leave municipal politics all together, he will run for city councillor in Ward 2. This was the ward he represented for 10 years before being elected Mayor. Nephew Michael has withdrawn from the race for city council in Ward 2 and will instead run for school trustee.
Now, Doug has several problems. First, the election is about six weeks away, so he’s getting a late start (the campaign officially began in January, hence my “never-ending” comment. He cannot use Rob’s campaign war chest, but must raise his own money. Neither can he use Rob’s campaign office, but must find his own. It seems the only bright spot for Doug is that he can use Rob’s “Ford for Mayor” campaign signs.
Interviews conducted by local media seem split. Some people – usually members of what is called “Ford Nation”, those who have blindly followed Robbie – believe Doug will do just as good as Robbie. Those who think believe he would be worse than this brother.
Based on what I’ve seen of City Councillor Doug Ford over the past four years, I personally think he would be just as much a disaster as Chief Magistrate of Toronto as was Rob. Doug seems to be more of a loose cannon than was Rob. For example, a man filed a complaint against Doug over some comments he made regarding a group home for autistic children. Doug claimed the home had “ruined”the neighbourhood where the house was located and called all the residents “criminals”. All of this without proof of course, as seems to be standard operating procedure for the Brothers Ford. The man who filed the complaint is the father of an autistic child and felt Doug’s comments unfairly maligned the residents. Doug’s response was to tell the man to go to hell. Doug appears to shoot from the lip, often insulting reporters and the public without justification or even reason,
I sincerely hope Toronto voters come to their senses and see that four more years of having a Ford as mayor will be a disaster of the first magnitude. But, he won’t be releasing a platform until Monday at the earliest so we’ll have to wait to see if he’ll be his own man or Rob Ford the second.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to hug an artist, we need love too.
One final thought: The biopsy on Rob’s tumour is about a week away, yet to hear Doug, he seems to think it will be cancerous. At least that’s the impression Doug’s comments about chemotherapy would give.
I told very few people, but last December, I had to have a tumour removed from my stomach. Nobody went around talking about chemotherapy or anything like that. My friends and family adopted an attitude of “we’ll wait and see what the biopsy says, then deal with it.” Wouldn’t that be a more sensible attitude for Doug as well? Oh, silly me – I used “sensible” and the name of a Ford in the same sentence.