11.05.2010 04:57 PM

Bollocks

I’m Nick! I’ll say anything!

This Kouvalis guy is more than a bullshitter – he’s turning into a major liability for the Mayor-elect.

Unbelievable.  I give him less than six months as Chief of Staff.  Then they’ll be sending him back to Windsor.

27 Comments

  1. Robin says:

    Ford’s team is full of douches.

  2. JenS says:

    You know, I’m not sure he will be a liability, given the electorate Ford attracted. This sense by supporting Ford, they’ve pulled something over on the so-called smart guys is exactly what Ford’s campaign played into all along, and it’s exactly the mindset of these people during this era of misbegotten-anger politics we seem to have entered.

    • JH says:

      You know Jen you have to look to the reasons for the anger politics. I can tell you that amongst my age group some of it is engendered by the type of comments a number of people leave on here and elsewhere. They would disenfranchise the senior citizen, the small c conservative, the non latte types and folks who are not into social engineering our society and our country. We are not radical right wing tea partiers by any stretch of the imagination. We do hold right of center opinions though and believe we should be allowed to express them. Sadly many of the so-callled elties don’t think so. When I read the comment sections of the Globe and Mail, the CBC website, and other media outlets, that only reinforces my belief that the left, much as it says it believes in free speech, does not really. They have no time for contrary opinions, so we’ll express them in the ballot box instead.

      • Jen says:

        I think, perhaps, JH, that it’s more a matter of people like you feeling that if anyone takes a contrary view, they are stomping on your free speech rights. That is incorrect. You are able to comment here and on practically any other commenting section of any media — how is the left curtailing your free speech? I’m not getting your argument at all. If you are small-c conservative, and you expressed it by voting for Rob Ford, you’ve not expressed yourself very well. I’m not sure how someone in your position is going to gain by his being mayor — cuts in services, which are the only way Ford’s plans work, are going to impact the senior citizen as much as or more than anyone else.

        • JH says:

          I couldn’t vote for Ford if I wanted to, but wouldn’t have. Would have voted for Tory actually. How many times have you read recently the problem was the damn seniors voting for this or that policy or responding to this or that poll and controlling everything because the younger crowd won’t come out to vote or laughably don’t have land lines? Read the comments on the media sites to someone who espouses a right of center view on a story. How anyone expects to win over someone of an opposing point of view by denigrating them, or denying them a right to an opinion escapes me. And quite frankly if you haven’t noticed this type of attitude towards older more small c conservative types you haven’t been looking. And yes on here as well. Yet funnily enough, we are the very people who do go to the polls on election day in vast numbers.

          • Dave says:

            JH, I think you are calling the kettle black here – in my experience internet comment sections are chock full of “dolton mcsquinty fiberal lieberal icknatieff just visiting socialism” bs.

          • Warren says:

            That about sums up 99 per cent of their commentary. It’s boring. And it doesn’t work with voters.

          • Namesake says:

            Come on, do you really think we should punish the political parties for what some of their more mean-spirited or nut-job supporters say about them in anonymous, defensive trash-talk comments (like, er, mine, or Con-servant’s)?

            Besides, the commentary you’re referring to you was based on the Ekos pollster Frank Graves’ twin findings — which he promptly blabbed to any & all media that would hear him — that:

            a) support for both Ford & the fed. Cons. was much higher (like, double) among seniors, who of course, are also much more likely to actually vote; and,

            b) the size of the Ford victory only came as a surprise to those who – ha! – believed Graves’ competitors’ polls, which he maintains are profoundly flawed methodologically, if they’re: Internet based (cuz that limits the demographics of the sample); & don’t include both land & cell-phones (ditto); & don’t use Interactive Voice Recognition technology (cuz people are more likely to lie about potentially embarrassing things to live operators); and don’t call back etc., to keep it as random as poss. (instead of skewing to those with set opinions or to those who _like_ to answer polls, which misses out on that great range of undecided & swing-voters).

            http://www.ekospolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/full_report_october_26.pdf

            But contrary to your suggestion that this is WHY Ford won — for the maligned seniors to protest those nasty comments — that mostly all came out AFTER the TO. election when Graves was crowing about HIS polling victory & was saying it should vindicate his rep. as supposedly being a Lib. supporter, since he predicted Ford’s victory.

      • B. Leader says:

        Oh, please – who does a more thorough job of stifling a dissenting voice than Harper and his thugs? This oft-repeated myth that it is the “left” that is the enemy of free speech has grown tiresome …

  3. James Bow says:

    I’m seeing more and more parallels between Ford and Larry O’Brien.

  4. DJ says:

    Ford is the result of a voter temper-tantrum. Some credible, respectable candidates will hopefully come along as Ford acomplishes next to nothing over the next four years.

  5. crf says:

    John Tory says he could play a role in Ford’s city government? For Tory to mention this after Ford has humiliated and abused him in this manner is very perplexing. Most people wouldn’t like being treated as Ford has treated Tory, and wouldn’t be so deferential to a bully, if they could help it. Is there something more to this story?

  6. Brian says:

    My favorite angle on this is Kouvalis’ repeated and public use of the word “I” to refer to things the Ford Administration might do.

  7. JStanton says:

    Talentless simpleton with bad ideas, controlled by a self-obsessed sleaze ball, has been given the keys to the city by the people of Toronto. To quote the Geto Boys, “ die motherfuckers, die”. Reap what you sow, you stupid, stupid people. And, John Tory, who didn’t have the stomach to run, gets to slink the fuck away, and nothing else.

  8. Leon says:

    Kouvalis did a fantastic job.

  9. wannabeapiper says:

    “Impeachment” will be a word that will be used soon.

    Just sayin….

  10. scanner says:

    Like I’ve been saying – I’m going down to city hall for the opening session – for the lolz.
    Don’t we all wish Rocco’s recall idea had somehow been implemented.
    Rob Ford is the Mayor we have, not the Mayor we wish for. 🙂
    And, I say again – watch out for Dougie – he’s the evil twin.

  11. smelter rat says:

    What do you have against Windor? 🙂

  12. smelter rat says:

    Windsor.

  13. Lipman says:

    Already a circus. It is no wonder Tory’s sons worked like hell to try to stop Ford. His tenure won’t be pretty, but responsibility for it will lie with the tax-obsessed middlebrow old farts who voted for him in droves.

    With all due respect to some of the excellent comments here, it appears the left intelligentsia (and some moderate liberals) underestimate Ford’s potential to grow his support base. If he provides wide-scale constituency work like he did in Etobicoke, he may get re-elected. The left has always underestimated Ford’s prowess on constit. issues. This writer considers a Ford regime anathema for a number of reasons, but his folksy hoser populism could help him keep his job. Moreover, four years is a long time for Rob, Dougie, and their right-wing pals to ensconce themselves in the corridors of power at City Hall, and learn what it is going to take to obviate a resurrection of the Millerites under Adam Vaughn or someone else.

    And the above leads to another question: who is the saviour of the centre-left? If nobody can win without being a councillor first, then it will need to be a current sitting councillor. At this stage, the only two people with a reasonable chance of usurping Ford would be Vaughn or Shelley Carroll. Sure, four years is a long time and Ford himself came out of nowhere to win easily, so it remains possible someone will surge to the front. But the dearth of mayor-ready contenders at this point has got to be a bit troubling to those left of the Ford clan.

    This Nickelodeon character will self-destruct, though his boss probably won’t.

  14. Lipman says:

    Vaughn= Vaughan

  15. DL says:

    I don’t see anyways that Ford can apply his “constituency service” techniques on a city wide basis. As city councillor from Etobicoke North, he apparently did virtually nothing but personally return phone calls to people. I sincerely hope he tries to keep doing that as mayor – if he returns 500 phone calls a day that come in to the mayor’s office at city hall – he will have zero time to actually do anything. In fact, if we really want to gum up and stall Ford’s plans, i suggest calling his office every day and making him waste as much time as possible on the phone arguing with people about whose fault it is that the garbage truck was 5 minutes late.

  16. Namesake says:

    Hmm: Odd that, in your line of biz., you don’t see the harm in impersonation (say, can I get a life insurance from you based on an identity I invented last week… for one who’ll mysteriously ‘disappear’ right after the election?).

    This is from the two articles — which is fair, since the second refers to the first:

    Ford’s team set up a staffer with a false name & Twitter account: first to gain the trust of & trick someone into submitting a damning audio recording to them so they could ‘get out in front of it’ and assassinate his character before others brought it to the media; second, to be a “concern troll” to besmirch (‘I hear he may be using again’) and bleed votes away from Smitherman throughout the campaign; and third, to bypass the producer / call-screener (with both the false name & a lie about what they were going to ask) to ambush Tory on his call-in show.

    Some of these things may even be illegal; heck, they’re even against Twitter’s own rules:

    “What is impersonation?
    Impersonation is pretending to be another person or entity in order to deceive. Impersonation is a violation of the Twitter Rules and may result in permanent account suspension.”

    http://twitter.zendesk.com/entries/18366-impersonation-policy

    • Namesake says:

      “So you?re saying…” Huh? um, no. Did you go to Lee Greenberg’s school of journalism, too?

      I didn’t even _use_ the name “Kouvalis”; I said “Ford’s team.” (Specifically, the article mentions the young staffer Fraser Macdonald on the Twitter thing, and an unnamed young woman using that false name Fraser set up on the radio show). But the first article made it clear that Fraser was green-lit by Kouvalis, who said something to the effect of we’ve got to do whatever it takes to get in front of this (on the recording of Ford foolishly saying he’ll try to score the guy some Oxy on the street), and Kouvalis himself took credit for authorizing both actions in the second article.

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