I hear the name ‘Mayor Rob Ford’ and I think, “Oh God, what now?”
The latest Ford- related news involves a brief, one-minute video captured by cellphone and it’s a doozy. The seemingly plagued mayor of Canada’s most populace city, obviously drunk, is seen and heard rambling and cursing in a Jamaican accent.
The new video was taken Monday night; Ford pledged sobriety back in November after admitting to smoking crack during a “drunken stupor” (mentioned below).
Regarding the video, the mayor said, “I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life and (with) my personal friends, that’s up to me. This really has nothing to do with, has nothing to do with you guys,” he told the Toronto Star. “It’s my own time. It’s my own time.”
In the latest video, Ford puts on a Jamaican accent and uses Jamaican patois profanity. When he was asked Tuesday about the video and his language, the mayor said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with what he said or how he said it.
“If I speak that way, that’s how I speak with some of my friends. Okay?” he told the Star. “And no I don’t think it’s discriminative at all.”
Earlier this month, while filing for reelection, the Mayor of Toronto told the media that “people are getting sick and tired of hearing” about his drug scandal.
He is also quoted as saying, “I’ve been the best mayor this city’s ever had.”
Although it seems that the outrageous mayor has been spiraling downward for quite some time – he was arrested back in 1999 and charged in Florida with DUI and marijuana possession (although the marijuana charge was dropped) – here is a “short list” of the details of Ford’s downfall in just this past year.
8 Most Shocking Moments of Rob Ford’s Meltdown this Year:
#1. In August, someone posts a photo to Twitter of Ford reading while driving his car on the highway going about 70 km. When questioned about the incident, Ford replied, “Probably. I’m busy.” Ford has refused his right to chauffeur, as afforded by the office of the mayor.
#2. I don’t know if this is shocking but, it’s pretty hilarious…Last November, Ford attempts to throw a football. He doesn’t nail it.
#3. In February, Ford is asked to leave a gala for military members after he is witnessed “speaking in a rambling, incoherent manner that alarmed some of the guests.” The Toronto Star has reported that it’s “an open secret at city hall that the mayor has battled alcohol abuse.”
#4. In March, Ford is accused by his political rival Sarah Thomson. She says he grabs her ass during this photo and told her that she “should have been in Florida with him last week because his wife wasn’t there.”
#5. On St. Patrick’s Day, Ford is escorted out of a bar after “storming the dance floor” and displaying drunken and “incoherent” behavior.
#6. In May, the mayor is captured on film smoking crack cocaine. He, of course denies it for a time but later confesses.
#7. Ford makes a late-night campaign stop at a Toronto nightclub earlier this month, but has denied drinking any alcohol.
#8. The latest shocking moment of Rob Ford’s meltdown of this year, alone is the one-minute clip in which he is seen rambling and cursing in a drunken state.
According to Mayor Rob Ford, he doesn’t have a problem:
“I am not an addict or an alcoholic. I have work to do and I am moving on. The way I see it now, this is over.”
“I am not a crackhead or junkie.”
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