09.12.2014 11:57 AM

One Ford out, one Ford in

While other folks will focus on the politics part, let me say that this can only mean that Rob Ford is really sick. I know all of you join me in wishing him better health.

56 Comments

  1. debs says:

    well its never a dull moment in toronto. doug is an ass but he isnt addicted to much, except mouthing off, and he seems smarter then his younger brother. dont see why all the ROFO supporters wont support DOFO. However I still hope folks vote for Chow, she has a clearer picture of how Toronto should be run, and I think she can manage to do so without offending people weekly.

    • Matt says:

      Not sure about that.

      Doug doesn’t connect with people the way Rob does. Doug is the better businessman and I think is generaly viewed as smarter than Rob, but he also has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth more than Rob.

  2. kre8tv says:

    When this kind of awful thing happens, we remember how unimportant politics really is.
    Differences aside, no one will dispute that Rob Ford is one hell of a tough opponent and if anyone has the force of sheer will to kick cancer’s ass, it’s him.

  3. Ridiculosity says:

    I wish Mr. Ford only the best and a quick recovery.

    That said, this means the circus is still in town.

  4. Bill MacLeod says:

    I respectfully suggest that ship has sailed, debs.

    The polls show Rob Ford second and as Warren suggests, there is likely to be a bounce in support because of Rob’s health woes. If Doug Ford registers to run, his support may well be significantly higher than his younger brother’s polling.

    If so, he will chew into John Tory’s lead. At this point Olivia Chow is likely the Ford’s best friend, from a polling perspective.

    Bill

  5. Ron says:

    Too sick for mayor but not to sick for Ward 2. Was the younger Ford keeping the candidacy warm
    in Ward 2 ? Just in case ? I guess the voters will have to get rid of them both or suffer the consequences.

    As for Rob, he has another battle to fight that’s more important. I do wish him better health.

  6. Matt says:

    Gotta agree Warren.

    My first thought as well was Rob has been given bad news not yet made public. Otherwise he could have kept his name on the ballot, Doug could have still added his name then if Rob were to get the all clear health wise, Doug could have withdrawn.

    But, I am scratching my head a little at Rob filing papers to run for councillor in Ward 2. The only scenario I can think of at the moment:

    They are hoping Doug wins the Mayor’s chair and Rob wins Ward 2. Doug appoints Rob Deputy Mayor. Rob battles and beats his illness. After a period of time, Doug steps down, Rod then slides into the Mayor’s chair.

  7. david ray says:

    I read the news today oh boy
    and then my head blowed up real good but before it did I heard a voice say “you are a fucking dumbass.” you have just been played by the most professional practitioners of dumbassery to ever walk this earth. So dumb and dim witted in their ability to suck the very marrow from our bones we can only stand and stare in awe at the last minute effrontery of the brothers Ford as they once again tweak our synapses into dumbass overload. you are all free to worship at the Church of Perpetual dumbassery but count me out.
    In other news 25.000 children across the world will starve to death today as they did yesterday and will tomorrow while two obese rich entitled corpulent vile lying mysogyinistic hate filled whackjobs occupy our burned out thoughts one more time.
    it is to weep.

  8. Brad says:

    Doug is running for mayor, Rob in his old riding, what would it take to stop these two? Why do they want this so badly.

    You couldn’t find two worse candidates.

    • TrueNorthist says:

      It won’t take much aside from a decent turnout from the anybody-but-Ford vote. Nothing has really changed, except for the first name.

  9. Matt says:

    Co-worker just called and said CBC radio mentioned Rob is facing 6 to 8 weeks of chemo.

    Obviously that’s second hand and there is bound to be all kinds of rumours and misinformation flying around, but did anyone else hear this?

  10. Matt says:

    Doug can’t use any of the money Rob’s campaign raised. He can apparently use Rob’s signs but has to buy them from Rob’s campaign.

  11. TrueNorthist says:

    Boy, I lock myself into the shop without a computer to get some work done and this happens. I am so completely sick of those two fat apes I could barf! At least Rob Ford is no longer mayor, which is something to celebrate! Regardless, even if Doug manages to dupe everyone with this clumsy switcheroo, he will still be a weak mayor with a council that has no interest in working with him.

    Question: What if it turns out Rob Ford is not as sick as we have been led to believe? Will they get punish Doug for this gong show? I am still not convinced that any of this is happening spontaneously. On the contrary it has all the earmarks of sneaky Fordian theatre.

  12. Steve says:

    I’m now flirting with the notion that rob got the cyst/abscess diagnosed moths ago.

    Doug is willing to spend the last few weeks his brother may have (while enduring punishing treatment) on the campaign trail?

    Rob going on the council ballot.

    The day before the deadline all of this is played out?

    Obligatory msg of condolence aside.

    I smell the familiar whiff of fordshit.

  13. dillon says:

    Now Tory will see how many conservatives hold him in contempt .Rob Ford couldn’t win a mudslinging contest. Doug Ford can easily. Get well Rob.

  14. Liam Young says:

    Don’t discount the clean(er) record of Doug Ford. The politicos probably just advised them to push Rob to the side, with Doug taking the lead. I still predict a Ford win in October. I just didn’t think it would be Doug.

  15. Pipes says:

    The human being means much more to me than the politician, so I sincerely wish Rob the best.

    I kinda think though, that Doug was always the Mayor, so he may as well run and my guess is he has a good shot at it.

  16. WDM says:

    The waiting is hell. Hoping things aren’t as serious as they sound with Rob Ford’s health.

  17. JH says:

    Now watch the media vultures particularly CBC’s Soloman tonight on P&P, milk every bit of drama they can out this and leave us regular folks begging them just to go away. Absolutely no class. My wife says they all belong on one of those kiddie shows about Vampires. Agreed!

  18. Matt says:

    Just watched Chow and Tory’s reaction press conferences.

    Impressions:

    Chow – Not very strong stmbled over her words, but she seemed to take the high road. Concern for Rob’s health, and today isn’t the right time to talk about Doug’s entry into the race. Then went on to talk about her platform.

    Tory: Started out wishing Rob a quick recovery. Sounded very Mayoral. Then the wheels fell off as he went into attack mode against Doug. Left the impression he’s shitting bricks over Doug’s entry.

    • TrueNorthist says:

      I just watched him on P&P and he is doing a good job of walking the fine line. It would be foolish to let the Ford theatre of the absurd derail his campaign, which just might be the tactic here. I would not put it beneath them to use Rob’s illness as ploy.

  19. Michael says:

    This is interesting. It should not be forgotten that hardcore addiction is a potentially deadly disease in and of itself, one that has been dismissed by so many as a mere predisposition to partying. Clearly brother Doug saw it in such a light.

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  20. Bill From Willowdale says:

    Doug has the charm of a snake. I really don’t think he can hide that until the end of the election. It’s Tory’s election to lose now.

  21. JH says:

    See I was right about the CBC – animals! Kudos thought o Olivia Chow – classy.

  22. JH says:

    Sorry should have read to Olivia Chow.

  23. davie says:

    Le Devoir headline this morning: ‘D’un Ford a un autre!’

  24. Ron says:

    I hear Rob’s name must appear on the ballot regardless.

    Would that split the Ford vote ? HOAG’s to Rob the rest to Dug ?

  25. sezme says:

    On the subject of Rob’s health, I’ll just paraphrase Moe from the Simpsons: I’m a well-wisher, in that I don’t wish him any specific harm.

  26. chris says:

    I just hope Doug will manage his own mayoral campaign as well as he did for his brother…and yes that does smell like sarcasm

  27. e.a.f. says:

    It is hoped Rob Ford makes a full recovery and lives out a good life. We may not agree with all he did, but he certainly wasn’t boring. He obviously had substance abuses issues, but hey, lots of other people have had and continue to have. So again, I do hope he makes a full recovery and enjoys his life.

    As to his brother Doug, I’m sure he thinks he is doing the right thing by his family. Is he going to win. Doubt it. Olivia Chow is the best candidate for the job. Rob Ford, despite all his “issues” has always been fairly entertaining and at some levels “personable”. His brother Doug, not so much. He might be a better “administrator” than Rob, but he doesn’t have the “personality” his brother has.

    Even if you don’t live in Toronto, its important for other in Canada to know Toronto has a good mayor in office. One who can attend to the business of the largest city in Canada.

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