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Toronto mayor can't promise he will stay sober

TORONTO (AP) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Friday that he won't guarantee he will stay sober if he's re-elected, telling a radio show that people will just have to trust him.

Ford, who returned this week to City Council from two months in rehab, said in an interview on Newstalk 1010 that he can't make promises about something over which he has "no control."

Radio host Jerry Agar said that as someone who has supported Ford in the past, the lack of guarantees that he won't drink again if re-elected makes it tough to "take another four-year shot on Rob Ford."

"That's up to you," Ford replied. "You're going to have to look at my record and compare it to the people I'm running (against) and you're basically going to have to trust me."

Ford insisted that returning to lead Canada's largest city and run for re-election Oct. 27 won't compromise his recovery.

Ford said earlier this week that he's used "every drug you can probably think of," and blamed substance abuse for the racist and homophobic language he's used. He said he's used cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, but not heroin. He acknowledged he smoked crack but denied he was a crack addict. He said he drank at City Hall, but never did drugs at work.

The mayor announced in late April that he would seek help for alcohol addiction after a video surfaced that apparently showed him smoking crack cocaine. Reports last year of a similar video led to months of denials before Ford made his statement about smoking crack in a "drunken stupor."

A small group of protesters, inspired by Joe Killoran, a shirtless jogger whose rant at Ford during a Canada Day event on July 1 touched off a social media frenzy, gathered outside the radio studios.

"We have no shirts, you have no ethics," read one sign carried by the protesters, many of whom were bare chested.

Since his return Ford has given a handful of interviews, but has refused to take questions from city hall journalists at large about the circumstances surrounding his alcohol and drug use, the company he kept and offensive remarks he has made.

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jloschh July 04 2014 at 5:44 PM

why doesn't he resign, why hasn't he been impeached, breaking drugs laws in the open, why isn't he in jail.

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serenity3268 July 04 2014 at 6:09 PM

Whether or not he stays sober is entirely up to him. If he does what he is taught in rehab, he will stay sober. If he goes back to his old ways, he will get drunk. It is his choice. I wouldn't vote for him for dogcatcher.

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rlcorny July 04 2014 at 6:27 PM

Just trust him! LOL. Like putting a rattlesnake in your sleeping bag and hoping it will not bite.

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donpantanella rlcorny July 04 2014 at 11:40 PM

Funny, that was Jimmy Carters campaign slogan "Just Trust Me". Look it up.

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Denny donpantanella July 05 2014 at 8:53 AM

And he did a better job as POTUS than George Bush

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gearhartbhg donpantanella July 05 2014 at 10:57 AM

That was a really bad comment. Jimmy Carter and this clown of a mayor don't even belong in the same sentence. Jimmy Carter has done wonderful things for humanity,,,,,you should be embarrassed by your comment donpantanella.

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npaleorelic July 04 2014 at 7:29 PM

What a world we live in. No shame, regret nor humility around much anymore....just his personal right to be a failure due to addictions "he can'i control". Lol

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jaded13640 npaleorelic July 05 2014 at 12:00 AM

Like this is a new thing. Remember Marian Berry I think his name was? He was caught on film smoking crack and was re-elected. Of course he went back to smoking crack. Not to say Ford will. We dont' know and neither does he. NOBODY can promise they'll never drink again if they're true alcoholics. All they can do is not pick up one day at a time. That's how it works. People that show up at AA and say, "I'll never drink again" typically last a couple of weeks max. I wish him the best of luck in his recovery. Personally, I don't know that I'd vote for him. It's a stressful job and campaining is even worse. Unless his foundations is very strong, he's on thin ice. But best of luck to him in his recovery. I know I'll be praying for his continued sucess in his recovery. I have a sneaking suspicion his political career is over.

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hillary jaded13640 July 05 2014 at 12:08 AM

you don't know if you would vote for him????????? how can there be a question in your mind? He's an idiot and anyone who supports him is questionable as well. Including anyone on his staff and on his campaign committee

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Dan Lawrence July 04 2014 at 6:12 PM

The people in Canada need to demand he step down and fix his issues. This is bullshit what he is putting this community through.

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firemoonwolf July 04 2014 at 8:29 PM

I would vote for him if I lived there. How often do you see a politician being honest on the campaign trail? In any country, another win for Canada. So he may drink, at least he's honest enough to admit it.

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Amy July 04 2014 at 5:44 PM

At what point do they roast this pig and be done with him for good? Too much emphasis is put on losers and loser behavior, in the media around the world.
This fat fu** needs to be dropped in a hole and forgotten.

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MICHELLE Amy July 05 2014 at 8:10 AM

I mostly agree with you, but no one should be "dropped in a hole and forgotten". Rob Ford is a prime example of why people need to rely on God, and I do mean God and not some religious order that puts their personal mandates ahead of God's will.

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coopdabomb July 05 2014 at 6:46 AM

Rob, it's ok even drunk and high you do a much better job than osama obama.

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am0714 July 04 2014 at 9:42 PM

We had an alcoholic President, we are STILL paying for it. ! !

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screamingeagleaz July 05 2014 at 8:01 AM

I have a lot of friends up in Toronto and they say that believe it or not, drunk or sober, he has done more positive things for Toronto then any mayor in the last 50 years!

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