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Mayoral opponent: Rob Ford is a "sad, sad mess"

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 01:40

May 1 - Reaction comes out of Toronto where Mayor Rob Ford is seen leaving his home a day after announcing a leave of absence and the suspension of his campaign. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his home a day after announcing he was taking a leave of absence. The notorious politician is seeking help for a drinking problem. It's unclear when he plans to return. Toronto's deputy mayor started running the city on Thursday. Rob Ford's brother and city councilor, Doug Ford, was saddened by the news, but felt it was for the best. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TORONTO CITY COUNCILLOR DOUG FORD SAYING: "As an older brother I am relieved that Rob has faced his problems, and has decided to seek professional help. This is not an easy thing for anyone to do, especially when you are the mayor of the city." The announcement comes after months of denials he had a problem - and a year after the media reported he was on camera smoking crack cocaine. This week, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that a new video surfaced, showing him again smoking the drug. The Toronto Sun also reported this week it had obtained audio recording with Rob making lewd comments about city councilor Karen Stinz. Stinz is Ford's opponent in the upcoming mayoral race. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TORONTO CITY COUNCILLOR AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE KAREN STINTZ SAYING "Rob Ford's comments are gross. Rob Ford is not Toronto. Toronto is tired of being gripped in this sad, sad mess." The election is scheduled for October 27.

Mayoral opponent: Rob Ford is a "sad, sad mess"

Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 01:40

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