Troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Latest Public Indiscretion
A collective sigh across Toronto can be heard each time Mayor Rob Ford hits the headlines for non-political antics. This week’s installment of erratic behavior by the mayor was no exception. Ford has been recorded yet again while in the midst of an incoherent rant.
Video surfaced Tuesday of the allegedly on-the-wagon mayor ranting in a Jamaican accent about the police surveillance he has endured since admitting to crack cocaine use last May. Monday’s slurred diatribe occurred inside a Steak Queen restaurant in Rexdale and included Ford using a collection of expletives to describe Toronto’s police chief, Bill Blair.
Adding insult to injury, another video surfaced Tuesday indicating a friend in Ford’s group Monday night was Sandro Lisi, the alleged drug dealer Ford has associated with since before the crack cocaine scandal came to light in May. The friendship between the two has been under scrutiny, leaving many wondering exactly what their association is.
Ford has been managing to steer clear of negative press, has shed an impressive 40 pounds and has insisted he is sober to critics and proponents alike. Unfortunately, the video speaks for itself and resulted in Ford admitting Tuesday that he was, in fact, consuming alcohol Monday prior to the video being captured by a fellow Steak House patron. When asked if there was any illegal drug use Monday, Ford had no comment.
“I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that’s up to me. It really has nothing to do with you guys,” Ford declared in response to the media when questioned about the latest video. In reference to his faux Jamaican accent, Ford proved some quotes on being yourself are best left unsaid when he explained, “It’s how I speak with some of my friends.”
Many in the political spotlight would advise their counterparts to employ a huge amount of humility when making amends to citizens. Practicing sincerity when in front of the camera is also a huge factor in recovering public approval. Clearly Ford does not take notes from this list of advice on apologizing as he is most often brash when speaking out regarding his indiscretions.
The future is shaky at best for this mayor who is no stranger to outside antics. Toronto has been forgiving in the past, but this latest slip may prove to be more than they are willing to accept. Voters may find it difficult to buy into his declaration of sobriety after this latest crude outburst.