Rob Ford For Mayor? Not On My Watch...

Rob FordOn March 26, Rob Ford will announce something. Speculation is he'll announce he's running for mayor of Toronto. I hope he's announcing he's quitting politics for an on-air gig at AM640.

Four years ago, after having enough of Rob Ford's Neanderthal comments, I wrote a definitive list of Rob Ford quotes. Here are a few of my favourites:

"This is an insult to my constituents to even think about having a shelter in my ward!" - April, 2002

"I don't understand. Number one, I don't understand a transgender, I don't understand, is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we're funding this for, I don't know, what does it say here? We're giving them $3,210?" - June 2005

"People do not want government housing built in the city of Toronto. They want roads fixed, more police presence, but they don't want more government housing that will depreciate the value of their property." - July, 2005

A year after I wrote that entry, he chimed in with a beaut about bike lanes.

I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day.

Rob Ford, they seem to like you in Ward 2, Etobicoke North. Please run there. Toronto's next mayor won't be a bike lane hating, Transit City killing social conservative who promises to "cut everything but police spending to tame the city budget. Libraries, parks, whatever."

Surely we can bring accountability to city hall spending without this extra baggage and complete lack of big city vision.



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elvis

Please. Run. Please.

If the City actually wanted bike lanes, they would have built them on schedule and won't allow cars to park in them.

March 16, 2010 @ 11:48 AM

James

Yeah. I'm hoping Rocci Rossi doesn't win either.

That video makes city hall look like high school or something. Kind of pathetic.

Did the reporter actually call Rob Ford a fat fuck? You couldn't actually hear him say anything..

March 16, 2010 @ 1:12 PM

Hector

It's not surprising that you do not like Rob Ford. I always thought you were a left-wing nut job. Miller and his crew have almost completely killed this city. We have fewer lanes of traffic downtown today then when Miller became Mayor and we have almost double the number of cars. I'm sure to you that makes sense.

Why don't all you left-wing nuts leave and go live in a commune somewhere. The amount of wasted money is obscene.

WAKE UP FOR F@CK SAKES!

March 16, 2010 @ 1:45 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm no "left-wing nut job".

And Elvis, don't you live in Oshawa?

March 16, 2010 @ 2:11 PM

CQ

Another super terrifc Toronto politician added to this year's mayoral race!!!

March 16, 2010 @ 3:01 PM

CQ

Another super terrific Toronto politician added to this year's mayoral race!!!

March 16, 2010 @ 3:02 PM

elvis

Yes I do but I can vote in Toronto.

March 16, 2010 @ 3:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I remember writing about this video two years ago: http://www.torontomike.com/2008/03/rob_ford_video_hits.html

He doesn't say "fat fuck", but you can see John Barber mouthing the words.

March 16, 2010 @ 3:44 PM

Mississauga

@T.O. Mike

You are correct he mouths "fat fuck" but the reason he mouths it is because mysteriously the audio was edited out. He actually calls him the name and Councillor Mammoliti was a witness to it. Now as a resident of the fine city of Toronto you know that Mr. Ford and Mr. Mammoliti are not best friends and have often had heated arguments so Mr Mammoliti had nothing to gain by confirming Mr. Ford's claim.

I can't understand why you didn't raise such a fuss when the reporter called him a derogatory name. Do obese people not get your sympathy as well? What would you have said he if Mr. Barber called him a 'fag' if he were gay or a 'retard' if he were mentally challenged or the 'N' word if he were a person of colour? What then Mike? You seem to be selective when it comes to your defense on the use of derogatory names. Is it because it was Mr. Ford on the receiving end? Your cause for social justice is selective and in my opinion invalid. On one hand you, rightfully so, make a case for P.K. and then abandon Mr. Ford because you dislike him. If you truly practiced what you preached you would have come to Mr. Ford's defense regardless of your opinion of the man.

In the end I hope he doesn't run for Mayor becuase if he won he would bring fiscal responsibilty to a city hall that is in desperate need. As most Head Offices flee Toronto and land in the 905 area, I hope Toronto can stay the course of incompetence because whomever the mayor will be they will be the best mayor that Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Vaughn could ever have.

March 16, 2010 @ 4:54 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga

Firstly, Mr. Barber is not running for mayor. This entry wasn't about him. It wasn't nice of him at all to call Rob Ford a fat fuck.

And I'm sorry, but I just can't equate the term "fat fuck" with wearing blackface and afro wigs to an NHL game. It's not a fair comparison to begin with, and the "fat fuck" video is two years old.

But really... are you suggesting the anti-obesity social justice requires are equal to the historical anti-black sentiments we're still battling today?

March 16, 2010 @ 5:02 PM

Il Duce

@ Mike

Read my previous post again. I never said they're historicaly equal however they are socially equal in today's world and it is a major issue for those that are weight challenged.

My argument is that people from the left, like youself, are selective when it comes to defense of social injustices. You seemed to have gravitated to the anti-black issue again which was not my point.

Regardless of the timing of this video of Mr. Barber and Mr. Ford, it proves your insensitivity of this issue. I wonder what would have happened if Mr. Ford would have made these same derogatory remarks to the reporter. From your quotes of Mr. Ford above, my bet is that you would have posted it quick. It doesn't matter what you think of a person and as Mr. Mammoliti showed, he came to the defense of a foe, regardless of political allegiances.

March 16, 2010 @ 5:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Il Duce, here's a good compromise. When Hazel retires, Rob Ford can become your mayor.

If I'm less sensitive to the weight challenged than I am to racism, so be it. @Hector will just be happy to hear I'm not the left wing nut job he thought I was.

March 16, 2010 @ 5:33 PM

Tee

I was planning on stink-palming my ballot this fall, but if Rob Ford runs, I'll definitely be voting for him.

This city needs a hard-line tax-fighter. Rob knows that private charity is always better at providing services than those funded by government coercion.

March 16, 2010 @ 5:55 PM

Mississauga

@Mike

Hazel has just passed a new by-law where you can still run for mayor even when you've passed away. So the way I see it, with a good embalmer and a very good assistant, Hurricane may be around for another 20 years. ;)

March 16, 2010 @ 6:45 PM

FP

@Mike

"If I'm less sensitive to the weight challenged than I am to racism, so be it."

Geez Mike, there are people who can't control their weight any more than someone can control their colour.

I think Mississauga is correct - you're selective.

And by the way, check out the word racism at dictionary.com - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/racism - what the guys in Montreal did does not fit the definition. Once again the word racism is abused in the name of political correctness.

What the guys in Montreal did was - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stupid

March 16, 2010 @ 8:28 PM

Argie

Yes, Rob Ford is fat. Georgie Smotherman is gay. Rocco Rossi is Italian and if Adam Giambrone gained some weight he would be all of the above.

That said, Ford would be a hellava mayor. An improvement that this crap hole city needs.

March 16, 2010 @ 9:41 PM

elvis

Giambrone is not Italian.

March 16, 2010 @ 11:14 PM

Neville A. Ross

If this asshole (fat or not) becomes mayor, Toronto is in trouble as a city.

All of the progress made in the last half decade will go down the drain, followed by more homeless on the street, and a ton of other shit similar to what Harris caused Toronto & Ontario to be. and thanks to that, Toronto can kiss it's reputation goodbye from now on. If that's what most of you Neanderthals want, go ahead.

March 16, 2010 @ 11:35 PM

James

What is with the comments? Calling someone fat is equal to using the N word? Jesus...

March 16, 2010 @ 11:43 PM

Sammi

Hey Neville...what progress are you talking about?? This city is a shithole thanks to people like Miller and his blind followers. This city has never looked worse. It's a mess both physically and fiscally.

We kissed our reputation goodbye when Miller was elected.

March 17, 2010 @ 6:34 AM

Mike from Lowville

@ Neville, right on!

March 17, 2010 @ 9:27 AM

Pauly Walnuts

Rob Ford is what the city needs for Mayor. But he wont' be mayor... that is for sure. Toronto won't get him because they don't deserve him.

March 17, 2010 @ 2:22 PM

A.R.

It's always interesting to see that no matter how stupid or ignorant a politician may be, some will always love him.

What's he going to do? Save $50 million by buying his own staples? Come on, now. He should run for mayor in whatever hole Argie lives in.

March 17, 2010 @ 11:34 PM

Hector

A.R. - He could save millions by cutting all the handouts the left-wing-nuts handed out over the years. Giambrone doesn't drive (he doesn't even have a license) but somehow has parking expenses. Some councilor’s expenses are over $50,000. Ford is at $700. The list goes on and on.

March 18, 2010 @ 9:42 AM

tanya

rob ford's personal blog is a great insight into the (deranged) man running for mayor : http://www.robfordmayor.com

August 1, 2010 @ 3:42 AM

unreal

i can't believe some of you actually support rob ford. yes, spending is a big issue, but not the only one. rob ford is horrible for the city of toronto.

and calling someone fat is a lot different then calling someone a "n*gger". i'm surprised thats even a debate ... pick up a history book.

August 8, 2010 @ 10:23 PM

Joe

Am I then only one amused by the number who are up-in-arms over the reporter calling him "fat" and not that he called him a "f*ck"? Calling him a skinny f*ck might have appeased everyone here.

August 31, 2010 @ 11:06 AM

Joe

Am I the only one amused by the number who are up-in-arms over the reporter calling him "fat" and not that he called him a "f*ck"? Calling him a skinny f*ck might have appeased everyone here.

August 31, 2010 @ 11:06 AM

jackasaurus

The physical characteristics of a candidate should be irrelevant with regard to their qualifications for office. A candidate's educational background and work experience do seem to be legitimate areas for scrutiny.

Rob Ford has helped to run his family's business and has a university education. George Smitherman has a high school diploma and reportedly began his working life at Black Creek Pioneer Village, as an apprentice confectioner. A young, lithe George Smitherman spent many happy hours packing fudge and frosting honey buns to tempt visitors who stopped by.

Sarah Thomson had an epiphany when she realized that gas stations could sell chips, chocolate bars and pop; wow, that is astounding stuff!

Joe Pantloady had himself shrunk to the size of a lap dog so he could actually become one. During the municipal strike of summer 2009 Joe also flirted with a career in magic, as he did a disappearing act that would have made Houdini proud. After assuring his constituents that in the event of a strike their local park would not be used as a garbage dump, that same park was the first location to be used for just that purpose. When residents attempted to reach Pantloady, they were informed that he was "unavailable". Had his constituents thought to check David Miller's lap, at least they would have known the whereabouts of their alleged representative.

September 19, 2010 @ 1:59 AM

Nick

Mississauga needs Toronto's mayor to be Rob Ford

October 6, 2010 @ 1:14 PM

jeff

I don't care how good his policies are. He's racist & anti-gay. That's enough for me to say I want someone else.

October 7, 2010 @ 4:27 AM

greg

1 billion ehealth scandal? no thanks. im voting ford only because i hate smithermmans guts.

October 16, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

Sarpedon

This was given to me by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

He's Rob Ford, he's on Oakley today,
A big, fat retard with nothing to say,
With his daddy's money he has really gone far,
He drinks like a fish and still drives a car,
He smoked weed, yeah, he smoked grass,
When he got upset, he beat his wife's ass,
He's Rob Ford, he's on Oakley today,
A spoiled, rich brat really hating the gay,
He binges big time then sleeps all night,
You know his favourite colour's gotta be trashy white,
He stepped on many toes, yeah, you know it's true,
He can't see where he walks 'cause he's got a dick-do,
He's Rob Ford, he's on Oakley today,
When he loses this is what he'll say,
"Everyone attacked me, and it's not fair,
The city's full of morons who just don't care",
He'll tell us that we're vapid and have no heart,
Just because a fascist couldn't rip us apart.

October 18, 2010 @ 8:00 PM

liyah

VOTE Rob Ford, I think he supports all the right things, and is not planning on wasting money on unnessecary things.
I agree with him.

October 23, 2010 @ 9:52 AM

Bill

Well it happened on your watch. All you could do was watch.

October 26, 2010 @ 12:07 AM

Doug

Sapedon Ain't it great to eat humble pie. 2 thin slices at that1

October 26, 2010 @ 11:49 PM

james

Rob Ford talks a good game but to balance the 2012 budget will require serious cuts in service and user fees for everything.
To think your taxes are not going to increase by a few percentage points is being foolish.
All this started when Harris dumped 500 million in costs on the city, and now the pricks in queens park won't part with anything to atleast clear out of of this 700 million dept.

March 14, 2011 @ 4:52 PM

james

Rob Ford talks a good game but to balance the 2012 budget will require serious cuts in service and user fees for everything.
To think your taxes are not going to increase by a few percentage points is being foolish.
All this started when Harris dumped 500 million in costs on the city, and now the pricks in queens park won't part with anything to atleast clear out of of this 700 million dept.

March 14, 2011 @ 4:52 PM

james

Rob Ford talks a good game but to balance the 2012 budget will require serious cuts in service and user fees for everything.
To think your taxes are not going to increase by a few percentage points is being foolish.
All this started when Harris dumped 500 million in costs on the city, and now the pricks in queens park won't part with anything to atleast clear out of of this 700 million dept.

March 14, 2011 @ 4:53 PM

Greg Randles

Rob Ford is now mayor of Toronto. He was voted by by large numbers from the ethnic communities. Some of those, namely Muslims and Tamils, openly stated that they DID NOT want a homosexual as mayor.

This is the new face of Toronto, a city filling up with immigrants from those countries that are hostile towards homosexuality. Get used to it, there is another 240,000 of them arriving in Canada this year.

Regardless of the annual poofters parade, Ford has no obligation to prance fleet-footed with the fairies if he doesn't want to.

Say what you like about him, but be prepared to see him voted in again and again by our ethnic friends.

May 9, 2011 @ 1:19 PM

Anonymous

Hey Doug, the humble pie tasted like victory. Looks like your brother's gettin' b-slapped upside the head from every which way. Booya!

November 28, 2012 @ 8:53 PM

Anonymous

These are the speculations or lies of an idiot or an insider: You decide.

About 20 years ago, R.F.'s brother ran into D_ labels (the family's business) and dropped a package in a garbage bin next to a press machine. Shortly thereafter, two police officers ran in and went to his office. While they were busy questioning him there, the pressman picked up the package and hid it.

The family originally ran a legitimate business. The father started the business as a legitimate printing company which made a modest profit. He got into politics to try to steer government contracts toward his business. For a time, all went well.

The 4 children, however, were spoiled and started getting into recreational drug use in their adolescent years. The father died and they took over the factory.

Then, because of new technologies, the label/tag printing business began to disappear. Many of their large clients, like Kodak, went under or no longer needed sticker labels. This caused a family crisis, because they were no longer able to pay their bills and thus they had a "family" meeting to decide on a new direction. (To be continued)

November 16, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

Anonymous

(Continued)
The family asked themselves what new business they would enter, and what they knew well. They came up with nothing at first. Then, one of them had a great idea and shared it with the others.

They decided that, given that labels would never again earn them enough to live comfortably and that they were already very well versed in the ins and outs of the small drug underworld in their part of Toronto, they would use the family business as a front for laundering drug profits.

The tasks were delegated. Two would go into politics to have access/power in the area and provide political cover, and the other would stay behind and manage the details. The neighbourhood itself would supply the dealers and customers and, by opening a new "factory" in Chicago, a new front would be established which would double as a supply terminal.

The company declares 100 million dollars in annual profits: that is ridiculous (to use a word R.F. likes). No printing company of that size could ever earn 8 million dollars plus in sales per month; there is NO way. Once the family got the operation up-and-running, several other conservative politicians wanted in on the deal to launder their illegal incomes as well (hence the very high sales statements).

By becoming mayor, R.F. and his co-mayor brother were able keep the heat off of their "business" and to keep auditors away as well. This explains why now R.F. is willing to accept all the humiliation he has undergone.

Why did it all unravel? Well, R.F. had a problem. All day he had to present a false persona to the world. One can do it easily as councillor, but, as mayor, there were fewer and fewer moments of privacy to unwind. With his desire to enjoy his vices overflowing, he began to associate directly with his "workers" (the drug dealers/crackheads) with whom until now he had maintained a degree of separation through Mr. S.L., his right-hand-man and manager.

Once one of his underlings got a video of him, the underling tried to blackmail the F.'s. When that didn't work, said underling tried to shop the video to the media, and the rest is history.

What then do the F.'s and their political friends (Like Mike H. and the finance minister) really fear? They fear that, when a new mayor takes over, the first thing he will do is propose a motion that D- Labels (The F.'s company) be audited to account for their astonishing profits in the wake of a dying label market and a floundering economy.

THAT is why it is crucial for the F. brothers to remain as twin mayors. All the embarrassment and humiliation is just a minor cost of doing business for them and they are very willing to put up with it as long as their "family business" is left alone.

November 16, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

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