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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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nikkitytom May 01 2014 at 1:18 AM

As a Canadian, I find this guy horribly embarrassing. I can't believe he hasn't quietly stepped aside and moved out of the public eye. In a nice controlled Canadian way. Then i think of Athony Weiner and how he showed no signs of moving away from the spotlight until he had truly humlilated himself How far does a politician have to fall before he slips off the radar permanently. Pretty damned far. ...

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sandbag7 May 01 2014 at 12:52 AM

This guy is clerarly mentally disabled; he should move to Texas and run for Governor! he woould be a star in the Republican party.

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Brad May 01 2014 at 1:31 AM

The guy has obvious substance addiction problems. It's sad to see how many (and particularly political opponents) take joy in a mans addiction problems. Do you also take joy in a homeless man, or veteran who is addicted to substances? It's a very sad thing for anyone. I pray that this man gets the help he desperately needs to over come this.

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vtmilitia May 01 2014 at 12:49 AM

The Canucks have Ford, we have O'Bama/Biden.

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chaparita0728 vtmilitia May 01 2014 at 12:53 AM

Then move to Canada.

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xrxs1020 vtmilitia May 01 2014 at 1:48 AM

You're not even close. GW Bush did way more drugs than Obama, including cocaine. Remember when Dubya fell off the couch unconscious, IN THE WHITE HOUSE? You probably don't. But I do because I paid attention.

Obama has been disappointing, but it was Dubya who screwed up the country by allowing 911, THE Partriot the Act, torture, and the Wall Street fiasco leading to the crash, from which we have yet to recover.

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jas May 01 2014 at 12:45 AM

Ah, this guy refuses to resign, yet again. Says will seek rehab, yeah right, like I'll give up oxygen. How badly do this idiot need a job?

Thought we read about this yo yo buff a year ago, ah yes, we did indeed.

Oh Canada, how badly do you need candidates?

Also, is this news? Does this fat ass drug abuser, loser, deserve coverage?

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splintercottage May 01 2014 at 12:43 AM

Perhaps a brain replacement from a frog donnor.

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cchandh May 01 2014 at 1:22 AM

I worked for the U.S. Army in Europe and had a conversation with a co worker one day. He told of how he was trying to get his son into a hockey league that was sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces. As he was talking specifics about the junior league, he asked if there was an adult hockey league that he, the father, could participate in. The Canadian military officer looked at him and said," Buddy, there are no adult Canadians" Nuff said.

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rwsurf May 01 2014 at 12:32 AM

"I have a problem." What was your first clue?

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dansingpoet12 rwsurf May 01 2014 at 12:38 AM

Give the man a break, will ya? He's getting help.

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beaucphs May 01 2014 at 12:23 AM

I thought Chris Farley was dead.

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toddpugz beaucphs May 01 2014 at 12:51 AM

and it's a shame too. I would LOVE to see him playing this guy every week on SNL! He has been a fountain of new material and is almost a caricature of himself.

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noteugene May 01 2014 at 1:14 AM

"I only smoke crack when I'm drunk." yeah right. I'm sure he's going to be "cured" before October. What a joke. If this guy was black, he'd be serving a 15 year sentence already.

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