Rob Ford Exits Mayoral Race, Doug Ford Enters Mayoral Race

Rob Ford Exits Mayoral Race, Doug Ford Enters Mayoral RaceRob Ford is no longer running for mayor of Toronto, and instead will run for his old Ward 2 councillor post. You know, the gig he once told Doug was "part-time work". His brother Doug has added his name to the list of mayoral candidates, but he has even less of a chance of winning than Rob did.

It was clear Rob Ford was going to lose this election. Doug, who is even less popular, doesn't have a chance. Never a dull moment these days in Toronto municipal politics.

Update: This was predicted back in July.


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headsup

I sure did want Rob Ford to lose the election, but certainly not in this fashion. Interesting the timing of all of this - just hours before the deadline and all.
I wonder if this has been brewing for awhile? Just saying.

September 12, 2014 @ 1:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@headsup

If Rob Ford wanted to withdraw from the race to look after his health, okay fine.

But why boot poor mute Mikey Ford and register to run in Ward 2 if that's the case?

No doubt in my mind, he's switched from mayor to ward 2 because he knew he was going to lose and to save face.

September 12, 2014 @ 1:26 PM

basic

Rob is far less dangerous as a councillor. It also keeps him in the public eye to go down in flames one way or another.

Doug will lose the election handily.

This is not ideal but it's not the worst.

Also this was totally planned, we've all been had.

September 12, 2014 @ 1:52 PM

this guest

This has nothing to do with health. This is conniving.
If it was health he wouldn't run for councillor.
Idiots.


September 12, 2014 @ 2:09 PM

Mike in Guelph

Mikey Ford now running for school trustee instead

September 12, 2014 @ 2:10 PM

Anonymous

Diane Ford running for the border.

September 12, 2014 @ 2:11 PM

markosaar

@the guest,

Running for councillor in that ward, all Ford has to do is have his name on the ballot. He has to actually work to win re-election as mayor.

I do believe there are conspiratorial aspects to this, but not that one.

September 12, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

this guest

@ markosaar,

I don't know what this is all about but I can certainly smell
a burnt pan of perogies in the kitchen.

September 12, 2014 @ 2:16 PM

this guest

Doug Ford's first campaign promise:
He pledges to appoint Sarah Thomson as Viagra Commissioner

September 12, 2014 @ 2:51 PM

Gump

Random thoughts:

Does anyone truly believe that Doug would trend higher than Rob in a mayoral race?

The tumor must be cancerous. I wish him all the best.

How could Nick have seen this coming?

Must remember to see my shares of Torstar. There is no way a Chow/Tory mayoral will sell as many papers.

No more Mayor Ford. That sounds nice.

September 12, 2014 @ 2:58 PM

Anonymous

Mikey Ford learning to spell KERRICKULUM

September 12, 2014 @ 3:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Gump

If Rob Ford has cancer, he shouldn't be committing to the important job of councillor for ward 2. And as far as I know, the test results aren't back yet, so there is no cancer diagnosis.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:06 PM

Argie

I'm not saying he's going to win, but can you imagine the hysteria if Doug won?

September 12, 2014 @ 3:07 PM

GUNTer

i agree with headsup. something doesn't sit right - all just a bit too timely. however, how can one plan a 'tumah'.
DoFo will not win so i feel somewhat relieved.

changing the subject here-
@cheryl - i often see you refer to 'your trainer's wife'. what is it you are training for? sorry if this has been asked and answered.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:08 PM

Jacob

Doug has as much of a chance of winning as Dick Cheney did after Bush left office.

Anyway, this is all pretty anti-climactic. I really wanted to see him soundly defeated on election night.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:11 PM

this guest

If Doug can manage to hold on to the measly 27% currently held by Rob
That leaves a huge pile of undecideds (17%)
who don't have to worry about a Stop Ford strategy.
Plus Soks 3-6% are up in the air.
We might have a new ball game here.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:16 PM

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Be careful what you wish for.Chow or Tory sitting in the Mayors chair and having Counselor for Ward 2 Rob Ford badgering you EVERYDAY about keeping your election promises..hahahah never mind having a full four year platform to campaign for the 2018 Mayor's race.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:18 PM

this guest

Well, wish or not it appears it will be Tory or Chow in the Mayor's chair.

September 12, 2014 @ 3:21 PM

this guest

And ps
thanks for this song Ernie:
16 tons and what do you get.
Another day older and deeper in debt.
:-)

September 12, 2014 @ 3:22 PM

Tennessee Ernie Ford

@ guest ah shucks !!! Thank ya very much:-)

September 12, 2014 @ 3:27 PM

M M

Let's be honest. The family knew about the tumor for a while. That was a planned announcement on Wednesday. The switcharoo today was all too obvious. This strategy can only work in some C-grade 1950s bizarro comic book.

September 12, 2014 @ 4:10 PM

Drunk Johnny Fever

I think people are totally missing the big story here.
Employes caught on camera actually working at City Haul on a Friday afternoon.

Mikey Ford finding out that he was mistaken that he was running for city counselor in Ward 2 and that he is indeed running for school trustee in Ward 1.

September 12, 2014 @ 4:45 PM

Tiny Montomery

C-grade 1950's bizarro comic book really sums it up.

September 12, 2014 @ 6:28 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Apparently this turn of events long-expected by the Tory camp:
Nick Kouvalis @NickKouvalis ยท 11m
Not rocket science. DougFord website was registered in May. Preparation was obvious for us, perhaps not @oliviachow #TOpol

September 12, 2014 @ 6:32 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Sure glad I live in boring predictable Oakville. Great watching from the outside looking in on this! Mike cue the Ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus music.

September 12, 2014 @ 7:48 PM

Lorne

Dick Cheney didn't need to run. He'd already been president for 8 years.

September 12, 2014 @ 7:51 PM

Anonymous

Wait till Ford Nation sees Doug's wife shopping in Paris.

September 12, 2014 @ 8:32 PM

Anonymous

Ford family insider: benign mass was detected in May, Rob wanted to wait until after election to remove it. Used it to switch seats today.
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September 12, 2014 @ 9:55 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Doug Ford's press conference: waves to his gathered 'solemn' clan and says (touchingly) 'the family's growing.' WHILE WE ALL THINK ROB IS DYING HE SAYS HIS FAMILY IS 'GROWING.' jayzuz fook.

September 12, 2014 @ 10:07 PM

Anonymous

Rob Ford's known about his benign tumour for months.

He's now using it for political gain.

Save your prayers, folks. they're wagging the dog again.

September 12, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Anonymous

And faking cancer for sympathy is the lowest of the low. The conniving Ford assholes make me sick.

September 12, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

andrew

If Rob Ford knew about this since May & using this as a political gain in some respect, this is the lowest of the low. As his 'puppet" Doug said he has had pain last few months & decided last minute to go to a doctor before candidates entering or leaving the municipal election? With Rob losing in the polls is he looking for sympathy vote somehow? Where's Randy, the long lost brother during this, putting more $ in the pockets of Deco Labels & Tags with there corrupt business dealings - see Apollo Beauty Products.

As a cancer survivor myself, if this is true, it ABSOLUTELY MAKES ME SICK.

September 12, 2014 @ 10:32 PM

this guest

I hate to think this is possible but there are rumours
and we shall see what we shall see.

Right now it's 'rumour' category with some weird
coincidental evidence (?) of machinations behind the
scenes but who knows what exactly at this point.

The truth though is everything
and anything concerning the Fords has major
elements of utter bullshit.


September 12, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Lorne

Okay, under NORMAL circumstances, I could see how a mayor could reach this position. Putting the job ahead of their health; playing through the pain; trying to make things work with a big election on the line. Hoping for a Hail Mary last minute OK from the doctors. All understandable, you could see how it would play out. You'd want someone to have job-protected medical leave, or at least have a fallback position. Sure.

BUT here's the thing. The Fords a filthy fucking liars. That's an established fact. So I can't just give them the benefit of the doubt. And that gets me thinking.

He *SAYS* he's had unbearable stomach pains since May. But obviously he didn't say anything about it, or go to the doctors, because he didn't want to involve the doctors, or even admit he wasn't feeling good. Right? Right?

OH WAIT! HE SPENT A FUCKING MONTH IN REHAB. Surrounded by medical professionals. For an entire month. He would have gone through physicals. He would have been under constant observations by people interested in his health, who would have noticed unbearable stomach pain.

Fishy. Fishy fishy fishy.

So y'know what? Fuck him. It isn't the way I'd want the city to win, but at least he's gone. I'd rather see him defeated, but I'll take it.

In the mean time, if it does turn out he was faking cancer-- well, think about the near crucification Ashley Anne Kirilow received for faking cancer for money. I'd love to see if any of his supporters would still attach their names to someone who faked cancer. *

* (and of course even if this happens, there will be some bullshit spin about how he never said cancer, or it's just the leftist liberal doctors who misdiagnosed him to discredit him, or something else.)

September 12, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Anonymous

@DavidHains: Doug Ford seven points back of Tory in snap Forum poll, Chow continues to fade: http://t.co/kqdJ8xPcBB

Tory 41%
Ford 34%
Chow 19%

September 12, 2014 @ 11:44 PM

this guest

You got to hand it to the Fords. That press conference at their millionaire compound about the 'good honest hardworking people' of Toronto was pretty damned convincing.
Nice touch too all the black clothing. Good funeral vibes for the sympathy vote. Whether ol' crackhead Rob has cancer or not they are playing this for all its worth. Great drama from the Fords and the media lapdogs.

September 13, 2014 @ 7:32 AM

this guest

Frankly I'm feeling so sympathetic
to the Ford family right now
I'm going to try and shut down
some children's library
programs
and keep Rob's dream
alive

September 13, 2014 @ 7:37 AM

Cheryl

I do workouts with a personal trainer who is married so he has a wife. This should be plain and simple. His wife plays soccer, but her team sucks now only winning two games, losing the rest. Anyway, I want to puke over this election. I don't care what anyone says, I'm not voting. I can't be bothered. I got too much stuff on my mind right now. I don't like either one of them and lots are dropping out. It's a mess. Okay, say what you want, but I'm not voting.

September 13, 2014 @ 7:56 AM

Speysidephil

Be afraid Ford Haters, be very very afraid. Tory is more than capable of shooting himself in the foot in the next few weeks.
Chow is toast!

September 13, 2014 @ 9:17 AM

Anonymous

Apr 30th: Rob announced he planned to leave for rehab. This announcement was made immediately following the photograph of him holding a crack pipe being released

May 1st: Rob is admitted to rehab

May 3rd to May 7th: After his medical exam, performed at the rehab facility, Rob leaves for a full 4 days of treatment at a nearby hospital. (source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-in-rehab-doctor-confirms-to-cbc-news-1.2637840 )
Rob remains at hospital each night, admitted for inpatient treatment
Rob's official reason for entering rehab was treatment for alcohol abuse. In 4 days in hospital plus his physical when entering rehab, an alcoholic would certainly have his liver examined, and the tumor found later was found in his abdomen.

July 18th: Mikey Ford, a 20 year old with no political experience apart from helping with his uncles' campaign, officially nominated as Ward 2 candidate. Continues to make no press appearances, speak in debates, or maintain any kind of public presence.

Sep 11th: approx 1 hr after completing his examination, Rob Ford's doctor, at Rob's request, makes a public announcement at a press conference that a CT scan detected a medium-sized mass in Rob's abdomen.

Sep 12th: with less than one hour before the nomination deadline, Rob drops out of race for mayor citing health reasons, but nominated for Ward 2 councillor position. Mikey Ford steps down and nominates as school board trustee. Doug nominated as mayoral candidate.

September 13, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Tom

The Ford's massive egos can only match their massive belly's....& Doughie says he is vegetarian.

3 months of stomach pain, clock ticking on final call for name on ballot, polls ####'s weak, hmmm? Must of been in contact with Harp's strategic team for getting re-elected.

What a crock of bullshit!!!! The entire family should just move to Chicago & become Americans. They are all sick.

September 13, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Anonymous

This snap poll (and we shouldn't put much weight in any snap poll conducted the day Doug Ford announces his candidacy) has Dougie a distant 3rd: http://www.mainstreettechnologies.ca/poll-rob-ford-re-elected/

September 13, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

Teena in Toronto

Will we ever be rid of these freakin' Fords?!

I find the timing of all this very suspicious. Rob's losing the race so discovers a tumor which forces him out of that race yet he's well enough for Ward 2.

I read that www.dougfordformayor.com was purchased by the Ford group back in May!

September 13, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

Argie

The anxiety the Fords cause nutters like Lorne and the many anonymous posters is truly astounding.

At least this guest has a sense of humour about it.

September 13, 2014 @ 4:21 PM

Cheryl

I meant what I said. I'm not voting. My dad just called me up and said I should vote. I'm not voting. I don't care. I am not going to vote in this one.

September 13, 2014 @ 7:29 PM

this guest

Our Neighbourhood Hate Ford Watch association had the annual BBQ last night and this came up:

Guess what else the clinic where Rob Ford was in May specializes in? Gastroenterology (stomach disorders):
Somebody says they follow metroman on twitter.

Just trying to piece it all together.

September 13, 2014 @ 8:52 PM

this guest

http://www.greenestoneclinic.com/ourfacilities_clinics_endoscopy.html

Rob would have had a super thorough stomach / colon checkup in May
at Greenstone.
But he's had 'stomach pains for three months' he told nobody about?
This is simply not believable.

September 13, 2014 @ 8:59 PM

Anonymous

Argie,
a dysfunctional family member causes no end of anxiety to the family.
A dysfunctional mayor causes no end of anxiety to the city.
It's perfectly reasonable for civic minded people to have consternation.

As for myself I'm waiting to see if Rob had anybody knocked off.

September 13, 2014 @ 9:03 PM

this guest

oops again.
that was me.
sorry.
forgetful in my old age

September 13, 2014 @ 9:04 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Greenstone clinic took down their Colorectal page in the last 2 hours. Nothing suspicious there at all. #topoli

September 13, 2014 @ 9:25 PM

Speysidephil

@this guest

And how would you know that he would have had a super thorough stomach/colon checkup. Just curious!
And believe me , if he knew it was there in May he would not leave it until September to check it out.
I mean Really?

September 13, 2014 @ 10:26 PM

cheryl

Well, I know, everything is unbelievable here and this election is making me puke. My dad believes everything that rob Ford really has a tumour. Anyway, I'll just ignore this election, pretend it's not there, not vote. It's hard to have to depend on rides anyway. I have always had to call them up and remind them that I need a ride to the poll. this is not going to happen at this time, no way.

September 14, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

this guest

Hi Speysidephil,

Following the thread of urban toronto and following twitter posters on topoli I read that normal procedure for alcoholics going into rehab is to have their liver (and related organs) checked out for damage.

that's all I know.

September 14, 2014 @ 7:30 AM

Anonymous

The first rule of Ford Club is - Assume they are lying
The second rule of Ford Club is - Assume nothing other than that they are lying

September 14, 2014 @ 7:45 AM

Tiny Montgomery

This seems a much more likely poll result including Doug Ford. Which must give Olivia Chow some hope seeing the number of undecideds. Although Tory does have quite the lead.
http://mainstreetzone.mainstreettechno.netdna-cdn.com/mainstreet/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Mainstreet-Toronto-Mayoral-and-Ward-2-September-13.pdf

September 14, 2014 @ 8:11 AM

Rosetta Stone

Matthew Remski says the best thing on this business I have read - http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/im-happy-for-rob-ford-in-his-time-of-need/

September 14, 2014 @ 9:56 AM

HUH?

CP24 latest poll:

Tory 41%
D.Ford 34%
Chow 24%

Dougie hasn't even entered a debate yet & he is ahead of Chow.

CP24 should conduct a new poll:

How many idiots live in the GTA?

September 14, 2014 @ 3:06 PM

Cheryl

Well, if George Smitherman decides to run, I'll change my mind in a flash. Otherwise I won't. Put George Smitherman on the ballot.

September 14, 2014 @ 6:10 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Cheryl

It's too late. The deadline has passed.

September 14, 2014 @ 6:12 PM

Lorne

BREAKING NEWS! According to a FLASH POLL I just conducted:

Ford: 0%
Tory: 0%
Chow: 0%

The forum was conducted by a random sampling of available dogs in my house. It is just as valid as any other random sampling of Internets you can do.

Sidenote: There's an margin of error of +/- one Greenie.

September 14, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

Corrado

I wonder how many votes mute Mikey Ford with zero experience in life let alone politics would get if he ran using his real name (until about 6 months ago). Somehow I don't think Mikey Stirpe would get more than a handful of votes.

September 14, 2014 @ 8:27 PM

this guest

maybe low information voters who are fans of REM would turn out for him

September 14, 2014 @ 8:41 PM

Cheryl

Well, I'm not voting. I don't have to arrange a ride to the poll. I am not voting and nobody can make me.

September 15, 2014 @ 4:26 AM

Anonymous

Remember folks, Rob Ford built the Scarborough subway. He said so in the debates. He said, 'I built the Scarborough subway.' Exact words. It doesn't exist of course but he built it.

September 15, 2014 @ 8:05 AM

Argie

Nepotism in politics is just wrong, plain and simple.

Sincerely,
J Trudeau & O Chow-Layton

September 15, 2014 @ 8:13 AM

this guest

Argie you makes a reasonable point concerning family benefits.
But to compare Mikey Ford to Olivia Chow or Justin Trudeau stretches the point beyond what even an elastic mind can comprehend.
And Chow isn't a case of nepotism. She and Jack Layton had a true partnership and meeting of the minds. She has won ten elections on her name, city and federal.
Justin Trudeau is riding his father's name and reputation this is true. What he can do with it remains to be seen. He did win the leadership by debating opponents such as Marc Garneau.
But to compare Justin with mute Mikey?

September 15, 2014 @ 8:29 AM

Tiny Montgomery

Why is Doug Ford using the Mayor's office? Why is Doug Ford's campaign manager at City Hall shuffling between Doug's office and the Mayor's office. Who runs city hall and who gave Doug Ford permission to use the mayor's office as his personal fiefdom?

September 15, 2014 @ 1:58 PM

Cheryl

Well, this is what makes me puke, the Ford brothers.

September 15, 2014 @ 4:44 PM

George Smitherman

Fear not good people of Toronto!!

I have heard your cries and I am here to save you from the Brothers Ford.

The people of Toronto yearn for a leader with the courage to stand up to the unions and the intelligence to balance the budget. And no crack, they cry out for no crack!

VOTE SMITHERMAN!!!

September 15, 2014 @ 10:38 PM

Cheryl

So /smitherman is running. Is that really him or someone saying he is George Smitherman. If it's really him, then I'll change my mind and vote.

September 16, 2014 @ 5:54 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Cheryl

No, George Smitherman is not running.

September 17, 2014 @ 9:37 PM

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