New video of Toronto mayor emerges
By ROB GILLIES Associated Press January 21, 2014 4:00PM
Updated: January 21, 2014 4:00PM
TORONTO (AP) — A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.
In the video posted on YouTube, Ford is shown in a fast food restaurant rambling and talking about police surveillance and appears to call police chief Bill Blair a derogatory name.
The video is titled “New Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Drunk, Swearing in Jamaican Patois? Bumbaclot.”
“Chase me around for five months,” the mayor says in the video.
“Leave me alone . and then try and tell me, we’re counter-surveilling the guy. He’s hiding here, I’m hiding here. Oh, we don’t know?” he says before rambling incoherently.
A message left Ford’s spokesman was not immediately returned.
Mark Pugush, a spokesman for Police Chief Blair, said they don’t respond to personal attacks.
Ford said in November that he quit drinking. It was not clear when the new video was shot, but Ford was pictured on camera in the same black suit and red tie on Monday.
The mayor acknowledged last year that he smoked crack “in one of my drunken stupors” after police said they obtained a copy of a tape that appears to show him smoking crack. He refused to resign.
Ford first faced intense pressure to resign after U.S. website Gawker and The Toronto Star reported in May on the existence of a video that appeared to show the then 300-pound-plus (135-kilogram) mayor, sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a crack pipe. The tape hasn’t been released.
The City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers in the fall but lacked the authority to force him out because he wasn’t convicted of a crime.
The mayor was the subject of a police investigation but was never charged. According to police interviews, staffers accused Ford of frequently drinking.
City councilor Joe Mihevc said the tape appears to show that Ford has not stopped drinking and continues to be an embarrassment to the city of Toronto.