And, oh yeah, the organizers of the Santa Claus Parade asked Ford not to show up. (Ford says he will anyway).
Look, people make mistakes. I get that.
But let's count the ways Ford has gotten into hot water without consequences:
- DUI and marijuana possession in Florida
- Being kicked out of the ACC while intoxicated
- Acting like a jerk in a restaurant on St Patrick's Day
- Driving with a cellphone in hand
- The incident with Sarah Thompson (I believe her side of the story, FWIW)
- The video
Most cities in this country of Canada would not tolerate this kind of behavior from the top of the heap. The council would have thrown him or her with the trash a long time ago, asking him or her to resign with such a strong non-confidence motion that the mayor would take the hint and walk away.
I'm against the idea of recall. Yes, Athens had it 2½ millenia ago but I think the idea of pulling someone out midstream for purely ideological or moral reasons is wrong. I'm still furious that Gray Davis was trounced in favour of Ahnold, even though the California Legislature was just as responsible for the power fiasco in that state in 2002-03. If you recall one, you should recall all.
But there is nothing immoral about taking a leave of absence. About the only people who can't take time off from their job are clerical ministers, for obvious reasons.
Ford can't seem to understand he's a big joke to the world. No doubt he'll be the subject of yet another series of attacks by late night this evening. Toronto, and by extension the country, has more important things to do than worry if what will next come out is Ford hired sex workers -- well, looks some may have visited his office, and he was probably DUI at some point during his term)
He should take the rest of the year off. Get some perspective. And run the 2014 campaign on the way forward, not what happened in the past.
UPDATE (6:26 pm EST, 2326 GMT): Some new info on the latest shenanigans.