Some media still like Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and continue to devote a lot of ink about his addiction, recovery and antics.
I have had enough of this.
It is hard to believe this is happening right at our doorstep in Canada’s largest city.
Ford was elected mayor in the 2010 mayoral election on a platform of reducing the “gravy train” of government expenses and taxes.
In the beginning he was admired and respected by thousands.
Then things suddenly turned sour when the media started reporting about his addiction to cocaine crack.
At first, Mayor Ford vehemently denied all allegations and threatened lawsuits against some media.
During his political career, Ford has been the subject of numerous personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings, including a conflict of interest that almost resulted in his being removed from office.
His responsibilities have been greatly curtailed.
Ford is seeking re-election as mayor in this fall’s mayoral election.
It is highly unlikely he will be returned to office.
But, I have seen strange things happen.
Since 2013, Ford has been embroiled in a substance abuse scandal, which even hit the international media.
The American late night comedy shows seemed to love this.
After a 2013 Toronto Police Service gang investigation led to police discovering videos of Ford, the usually talkative mayor admitted to many of the incidents.
These included public drunkenness, drinking and driving, illegal drug use.
Ford initially denied this but later admitted to smoking crack cocaine during one of his “drunken stupors.”
Following advice of his legal team, family and friends, and some ardent supporters, the mayor reluctantly decided to seek medical help and entered a drug rehabilitation clinic.
He took several weeks off from his municipal duties and also time off from active campaigning for re-election.
Some thought things had drastically changed when ford reported to work at city hall.
He was followed by a flock of news hungry reporters and started dishing out interviews to selected members of the media.
After some complaints, he decided to talk to everyone who was concerned and opened up, saying he had tried every form of drugs and alcohol.
He even admitted this was some sort of sickness.
This does not surprise me.
Toronto residents will decide if this man is fit to serve as their chief magistrate.
Ford did not apologize to city councilor Karen Stintz for some of the horrible things he said about another mayoral candidate.
He did admit his openly racist and homophobic remarks were linked to his “sickness.”
Ford will not quit gracefully and seek full time medical help he needs.
The mayor has not been honest and open with the people who brought him to power.
Ford has always insisted he is the target and victim of some vicious media.
Let the people decide and I am sure this time around Torontonians will make the right decision.