Robert Ford has filed to run for Toronto Mayor again after defying repeated calls for him to step down after he admitted to smoking crack “in a drunken stupor.”
While most would have suspected that he would have considered otherwise after all the backlash he has received and being disgraced, it appears most were wrong. He put his name on the ballot to run for another term, being the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday for the city’s municipal election Oct. 27.
He promised “Ford more years,” the Toronto Star reported. He also called himself the “best mayor” the city has ever had per USA Today.
“If you want to get personal, that’s fine,” he told reporters, according to the Star. “I’m sticking to my record, and talk is cheap. You’re going to see action like you’ve never seen before.”
He also took to Twitter to ensure the world knew of his run for mayor again, tweeting a photo of himself signing up to run again and stating, “Just filed my paperwork for the 2014 election. Vote on October 27th.”
The conservative mayor of Canada’s largest city has said in the past that he would run again, even after the scandalous revelations that took the world by surprise and attracted news headlines everywhere about his drug use.
Ford faced intense pressure to resign over the scandal and other absurd behavior that has embarrassed many Canadians.
The Toronto City Council has removed most of Ford’s powers, but he continues to receive support from the city’s more conservative suburbs. He first won as mayor by promising to “stop the gravy train” of government spending.
Ford eventually admitted to his drug use after Toronto police announced in October they had a copy of a video of him appearing to smoke from a crack pipe. News reports of the infamous video first appeared in May, with Ford denying at first its existence.
Since his revelations, Ford has said he has quit drinking and has adopted a cleaner lifestyle. Albeit he has adopted a healthier way of life it is still a shock to many that he will run for Toronto Mayor again.