DAVE AGAR

Thursday, May 1 Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

He calls it "one of the most difficult times" in his life.  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford issued a written statement last night admitting he has, quote "a problem with alcohol "and the choices" he has made "while under the influence."

The statement reads: "I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year.  I know that I need professional help and I am now 1-hundred percent committed to getting myself right."

Ford claims he is taking a leave from campaigning and from his duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.

Don't believe a word of it.   Substance abusers lie.   Rob Ford lies.  He's done it repeatedly so there's no reason to believe him now.

In my view there is only one reason Rob Ford is making this half-assed mea culpa and taking a leave.  He got caught again.   Without getting into too many details, the Sun has an audio recording of an impaired mayor in a bar in the west end Monday night making lewd remarks about Karen Stintz and his wife.  Witnesses swear that Ford's Escalade was in the bar parking lot but his driver wasn't with the SUV or with the Mayor.

The Globe and Mail was approached by a woman with a new crack video supposedly taken early Saturday morning in the basement of the mayor's sister. There's the sweaty, squinty Ford with a crack pipe in his hand...a video taken by the drug dealer in the room with him.  The Globe paid 10-thousand dollars to get some still photos of the video but doesn't have the video itself.  This woman shopping that video also said there was another one.

The Toronto Star says this "latest spiral into substance abuse" actually began March 15th, St. Patrick's Day weekend".  Muzik nightclub.  Excessive drinking.  At one point he goes into a washroom, emerges nearly an hour later, babbling that his wife and kids don't like him.  In April, apparently some witnesses saw him doing lines of cocaine.

This is all a predictable pattern of behaviour of a drug addict.  Whether its alcohol, cocaine, crack cocaine or any other addictive substance, it's all the same.

Now that he's been caught for a second time,  the Ford team realized they couldn't revert to the first action plan again so  they stepped it up an inch or so by saying, in effect, 'he really means it this time.' so he's seeking professional help.

Collectively we seemed to have jumped to the conclusion that he means going to rehab but the written statement doesn't say that.  He told NewsTalk 1010 host and Sun columnist Joe Warmington he'd take 30 days away from the campaign and his job.  Warmington said this morning it is his understanding Ford will go into rehab but I would remind you of the last time he was vowing to seek professional help.  He got a fitness trainer so he could get in shape and lose weight. Look how effective that was.  He may be in better shape but if there's any weight loss, it would likely be measured in ounces not pounds.

I would also refer you to the Mayor's lawyer Dennis Morris who sounds very skeptical of his own client.  Quoting Morris directly "he is intent on doing it"...meaning rehab..."let's hope he follows through.   That's what his decision is.  Tomorrow he may say, things aren't so bad."

If we assume that Ford will actually get out of town.  If we assume that he can actually find a rehab facility where no one knows him.   If we assume he goes for 30 days and then returns to campaigning and returns to the Mayor's Office...he would be no better off than if he'd buried his face in a mountain of cocaine for a month.   You do not shake an addiction in 30 days, especially an addiction to alcohol and clearly cross-addicted to other drugs.   Alcoholism is forever.  It is a lifetime struggle to stay sober, an hour by hour battle.  I know of too many alcoholics who have gone for years of sobriety but then fall off the wagon again.

To my view Mayor Ford has not yet hit rock bottom. He can't even bring himself to say the words 'I'm an alcoholic."   After watching him closely this past year,  there's no way anyone should view this as an epiphany for Rob Ford.  It was months ago when he declared he had a "come to Jesus" moment.  It wasn't true then.  I seriously doubt its true now.   These are the ramblings of a diseased brain.  He is not fit to hold public office. 

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  1. Ian posted on 05/01/2014 06:24 PM
    Hi Dave - The first thing I though when Ford announced that was getting help, was that this statement was a lie. He has earned my skepticism. The Fords have family in Chicago and Rob flew there this afternoon so how do we know that he has simply not moved to another relatives basement to smoke crack, drink and lust after Karen Stintz ?

    Ian
  2. Daniel J. Christie posted on 05/01/2014 09:03 PM
    Could this soap opera get any more absurd than Doug Ford crying in public over the brother he so eagerly manipulated for his own life-long ends? Or Ma Ford begging the media to leave Po' Robbie alone -after Po' Robbie an' Bro' Douggie so courted the media so crassly that the even dragged Ma into it on their radio show? Doug's crocodile tears were utterly laughable -and laugh I did. If Rob Ford had an iota of guts he would have taken his own life by now. His toothbrush-thief sister would have brushed her teeth by now. Doug would have taken up full time enforcing by now and Mom would be on a new reality show called 'Caregiver Nightmare'. The whole family is mentally ill. There's nothing anyone can do until October 27. Except... if Rob finds some guts and commits suicide for the sake of his family and the utterly rotten life that will never get better. I have no sympathy for any of them. Why should I? Why should anyone?
    1. Barb posted on 05/01/2014 11:01 PM
      @Daniel J. Christie While I find the Fords to be utterly contemptible, your blithe urging of someone to commit suicide shows you to be equally so.
  3. John Douglas posted on 05/02/2014 12:26 PM
    Never a supporter of Rob Ford, I continue to find him an embarrassment to Toronto.
    Whether you consider his illness to be Medical, Psychological, or a combination, the one thing that is clear is that he his not capable of being the Mayor of this city. I often have disagreements with friends who agree with his ideas, consider that more important than his conduct, and proclaim their intent to vote for him again, should he run in the next election.
    Mr Ford, his cohorts, friends and family need to insist that he really deal with his problems, not be taking a month off, but by undertaking a proper rehab program, which would take him out of the upcoming election. If he was then successful in the Rehab, I would invite him to run again in the next election, but it would take some powerful proof before I would vote for him then. Many people like his policies and consider his problems a side issue, but I can't agree.
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