Musings —10.08.2012 09:14 PM—
Many, many folks in and around Toronto regard Ford as an unmitigated disaster. A loser. Just a year ago, for instance, Ford was named the “World’s Worst Person” by a U.S. TV show. He is, in the opinion of many, an oaf and a poltroon.
Many, many folks in Toronto dislike him intensely, and not just lefties like me, either. They are embarrassed that he is mayor of Toronto, a city that regularly aspires to be world class.
Ford’s mistakes and missteps happen daily. They are legion. Most recently, he has been the subject of a great big conflict-of-interest scandal, wherein he has gotten in trouble for his involvement with a high school football team. Ford, who evidently sees his coaching duties as more important that anything else on earth, has used taxpayer resources to support the team.
When lobbyists donated thousands to a high school football foundation, Ford was ordered to pay the money back. He refused. He then voted on the resulting mess, and even gave a speech defending his willingness to take the money.
For that, he may well be removed as mayor. A judge’s decision is expected soon.
UPDATE: I just noticed that a few paragraphs I submitted are not in the version above. Here they are:
One time, while drunk at a Leafs game, he insulted a couple visiting from out of town – and then denied it when caught. Later, he likened Asian people to “dogs,” and apparently regarded it as a complement.
When running for Mayor, this newspaper found out Ford had been previously arrested in Florida for drunk driving and marijuana possession. When we asked him about it, he lied. Until confronted with the evidence, that is, and then he admitted to the run-in with the law.
Around the same time, he was caught on tape indicating his willingness to pick up a street drug for a junkie. Earlier, he suggested that if people are gay, they shouldn’t be surprised if they contract AIDS.
He has been photographed reading while driving on a Toronto highway. He has been accused of giving the finger to a child, again while driving.