By now everybody must have heard about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Back in May of this year the Toronto Star reported that a video of him smoking crack cocaine was seen by its reporters from a drug dealer.
For a long while after the news of this surfaced, Ford remained silent on the authenticity of this. Then he came out and said the following:
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” Mr. Ford declared, staring defiantly at the tangle of cameras and microphones jammed into the comparatively tiny protocol lounge.
“As for a video,” the mayor continued, “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist. It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.” He refused to take reporters’ questions.
Then about 2 weeks ago, the Chief of Police for Toronto came out and said that the video is true.
At which point Ford said he did do it but still says he was truthful before because he spoke in the present tense.
For more of a timeline click here:
The Mayor has his loyal supporters because he has successfully portrayed himself as a hero for the Working class and cutting waste (wasteful spending).
He will run for re-election in about a year from now and won’t step down to get help.
Should he step down? Would you vote for him if you could?