We all know about the ongoing antics of the unpredictable Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Despite the many foibles of our own American politicians, Ford seems to have raised the bar so much higher.
Regardless, Ford is running for re-election and has several opponents.
Here's my take on it.
Former Toronto school trustee, city councillor and MP Olivia Chow launched her candidacy for mayor Thursday.
Chow begins the race as the odds-on favorite to win and become the city's first visible-minority mayor.
Also running are former Toronto budget chief and businessman David Soknacki; TTC chair and Councillor Karen Stintz; and talk show host and former head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party John Tory.
It's an odd field -- two working-class women versus three very wealthy men. I still say Ford doesn't have a chance to be re-elected.
But I did finally figure out why Ford thinks he can get away with all these antics -- he's the youngest in his family, the baby, if you will. Being the oldest of three girls, I always figured the "baby" got away with lots of things that I couldn't get away with. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the youngest in any family but there's no room for this guy.
And Ford didn't just start doing crazy things. I guess we just started noticing him.
Just for one example, on March 7, 2007, Ford made controversial comments about cyclists' use of the roads, saying, "What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten... Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day."
Their own fault? Really?
And now he has taken to insulting Americans as well.
According to the Associated Press, Ford is claiming he wouldn't know Kevin Spacey "if I ran over him," a week after the House of Cards star poked fun at the mayor when both appeared on a late night talk show. Spacey appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on March 2 after Ford did a brief cameo on the show a day before his scheduled interview.
"That's the first time I've had to follow a Ford," Spacey quipped. "And one that was so banged up."
Couldn't Ford have just said "if I bumped into him"?
Ford has been under great pressure to resign since he admitted smoking crack last year, and several videos have emerged that showed him seemingly drunk or high. Ford made the comment about Spacey on his show on YouTube, "Ford Nation."
If you want just a taste of Ford, go to YouTube and watch "Ford Nation," as long as you can stand it.
It's difficult to watch and I think Ford will have a really tough time getting re-elected.
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