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Toronto mayor says he'll seek help

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Drinking 'a Little Bit' After New Video Surfaces


By Rob Gillies

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

Ford, who is seeking re-election in the Oct. 27 vote, said he will take an immediate leave from his job and his campaign.

"I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time," Ford said in statement late Wednesday.

Rob Ford To Seek Drug Treatment As Second Crack Vid Surfaces

The Globe and Mail newspaper said it has viewed a second video of Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine in his sister's basement. The national newspaper said two Globe reporters viewed the video from a self-professed drug dealer showing Ford taking a drag from a pipe early Saturday morning.

The video is part "of a package of three videos the dealer said was surreptitiously filmed around 1:15 a.m., and which he says he is now selling for 'at least six figures,'" the paper reported.

News reports of the existence of an earlier video of Ford apparently smoking crack first surfaced last May, igniting a media firestorm around Ford.

Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, said he spoke to Ford earlier Wednesday and said Ford has accepted that he has a problem.

"He acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem and he wants to do something about it," Morris told The Associated Press.

Ford, who launched his campaign for re-election earlier this year, acknowledged last year after months of denials that he smoked crack in a "drunken stupor" after police said they obtained a video that appears to show him smoking crack. The video has never been released to the public.

Ford has careened from one scandal to another, becoming a national embarrassment for many Canadians.

Also on Wednesday, The Toronto Sun said that it had obtained an audio recording of Ford making offensive remarks about other politicians at a bar on Monday night.

Ford has refused to resign, despite mounting pressure after a string of incidents, from public drunkenness to an appearance in another video that showed him threatening "murder" in an incoherent rant. Toronto's city council has stripped him of most of his powers.

Ford said last year that he quit drinking alcohol after having a "come to Jesus moment" but later acknowledged that he drank again. A number of recordings of the mayor intoxicated have surfaced since.

Ford acknowledged "rocky moments over the past year" during his official campaign launch earlier this month but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election.

Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, invoked the spirit of second chances during a speech in front of supporters.

A message left with Ford's chief of staff was not returned. Ford's lawyer, Morris, did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment on the reports that emerged Wednesday night.

John Tory, who is running against Ford in the election, said he's relieved that Ford is seeking help but said "for the good of the city" he should resign.

Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who has repeatedly poked fun at Ford and hosted him on his show, tweeted that he was concerned about Ford. "All jokes aside, I hope@TOMayorFord really does get the help he obviously needs," Kimmel tweeted.

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peterchase1 May 01 2014 at 11:32 AM

The way he behaves in public is repellent and yet attracts supporters?. How does Ford keep his weight up with the sort of dependencies he has? A chronic crack user doesn't consume without losing weight, yet he remains a butterball. In many ways he resembles a radio show host we know a lot about. Their metabolisms should be studied for clues.

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peteskswisdom May 01 2014 at 10:23 AM

Ford reminds me of a poor Teddy Kennedy.

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hattie54 peteskswisdom May 01 2014 at 10:57 AM

Teddy was better looking,taller,smarter and had a head full of hair.

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knarfdr May 01 2014 at 10:18 AM

This embarrassment seems to be the last human on earth to know he has a problem. They should have recalled him last year.

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sieiantn knarfdr May 01 2014 at 10:23 AM

They'd never recall a "conservative"! Conservatives do not like to admit that they have made a mistake. If they could, they'd blame it on the one he ran against!

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kphog sieiantn May 01 2014 at 11:13 AM

You are mistaken....that's a democrat ploy.......we've been hearing it for six years....."it's all Bush's fault." By the way, since you have decided to use this story to make a baloney generalized statement about conservatives. The list goes to infinity regarding democrats who do not like to admit they've made a mistake starting with our current president and going all the way back to Ted "Chappaquddic" Kenendy. You're Andrew Weiner (yes he was a democrat) is classic.

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napa422 May 01 2014 at 10:18 AM

THIS WHALE NEES HELP BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Richard Ware napa422 May 01 2014 at 11:16 AM

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!

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wddsparky May 01 2014 at 10:08 AM

He should come here and join Reid,Pelosi,Biden,Obama and the rest of the Dem idiots

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hcountryluv wddsparky May 01 2014 at 10:35 AM

Too bad for you he is a conservative. Nice try though.

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Bob wddsparky May 01 2014 at 10:44 AM

Don't you think he'd be more comfortable around self admitted, fellow GOP substance abusers like George Bush, Newt Gingrich, Sarhah Palin, George Pataki, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mary Donahue, Rep. Ted Vick, Dustin Grubbs, Denny Sparks, Paul Celluucci, and Rush Limbaugh?

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jvmcfla@aim.com May 01 2014 at 10:05 AM

WOW... just WOW... what disgusting behavior and he should never, ever have the chance to be elected again! What a disgrace! Bad behavior all the way around from his verbal rants to his drinking and smoking crack!!! Anyone that would vote for him needs just as much help as he does... seriously! He is a heart attack waiting to happen and I have no sympathy for him... yes you read correctly, I said I have NO sympathy for him! I am more than tired of all the boohooing about people's addictions and how they cannot help it, and I have a family member who sadly died from addiction... but he was not a Mayor and people were not depending on him to make major decisions!!!

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Palmetto Ranch May 01 2014 at 10:04 AM

Where is the coverage of the Benghazi hearing????

The president and his regime are corrupt. Cover it!!

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steveap May 01 2014 at 10:03 AM

He has a problem keeping his mouth shut

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gjohn411 May 01 2014 at 10:00 AM

His character is very similar to many in the USA, obese and medicated, he would do well in america

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majorg1000 gjohn411 May 01 2014 at 10:12 AM

I am thinking of Rush Limbaugh...you?

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Victor May 01 2014 at 9:57 AM

why dont they just impeach this man is this what they want running their city

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