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Tory: "There has been no decision to run or not to run"

John Tory denies a story published in the Toronto Star

Newstalk 1010 host John Tory is denying a story published in the Toronto Star that says he will be launching a mayoral campaign in a "huge kickoff event" at the end of February.

"There has been no decision to run or not to run," he told John Downs and Michael Coren on Friendly Fire Wednesday night.

The Star reports that a "long-time Tory confidante and friend who has a major role in the campaign" says Tory will "definitely" run.

Tory points out that the story does not include any quotes from him.

"The only thing that has been said for quite some time now is that I would decide what I'm doing in February," he says, adding that it won't necessarily be on the first day of the month, "just so we don't start getting those calls on February the 1st."

Tory admits there is a group of people gathering, waiting for him to make a decision.

"There is a group of people, a substantial group of people, who would like me to run, and they're organizing on the basis that they'd like to make sure there's an option for me if I choose to run."

He says he is considering the matter carefully and will make his decision on a rational basis.

Tory adds that if he were to make a decision to run for mayor, he would do it "properly" in a formal announcement.

"I'm not going to have some confidante, unnamed, announce it in a column in the Toronto Star."

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  1. REALITY BITES posted on 01/23/2014 06:23 AM
    Let's see ... a wealth of business experience ... an abundance of people skills ... a consensus builder ... a proven effective manager ... scrupulously honest ... well spoken ... fiscally responsible ... socially moderate ... lots of important connections ... deliberate ... and real.

    And, oh yes, he doesn't have a big stupid brother named Doug.

    Go for it, Mr. Tory. You are the class that will replace the A$$.
    1. dama posted on 01/23/2014 02:28 PM
      @REALITY BITES Yup.. all good attributes that you had stated except ONE important thing
      He has NOT won any elections...

      John Tory LOST in every elections even when he went to Haliburton in a bye election after he won the PC leadership but he lost to a no name Liberal candidate..

      So politically he failed bad.. and if he lose this one,, his political career will really be over.
    2. REALITY BITES posted on 01/24/2014 09:46 AM
      @dama 3's the charm !!
      Watch for it !!
    3. dama posted on 01/24/2014 02:23 PM
      @REALITY BITES I am watching this election closely and it is going to be an exciting one compare to other municipalities and welcome John Tory to throw in his name and get whip again..
  2. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/23/2014 06:57 AM
    John keep your day job. Do you really want to deal with the Republic of Toronto's council? Just think how much fun you have! If you do win, you will need to run the gauntlet of council idiots! After dealing with them, you will be doing drugs and drinking!
    1. john posted on 01/23/2014 10:46 AM
      @Mike from the hinterland of course he will . if u have to babysit 2 million people u would do drugs too .
  3. Jim posted on 01/23/2014 07:41 AM
    Does Toronto really want someone who can't make a decision in 8 or 9 months for Mayor? This is either arrogance or cowardice. He needs to grow a pair and make a decision. I hope he doesn't run. Only Olivia Chow will bankrupt the city faster. He would quickly become "Tory the Tax Bringer".

    Keep your day job and let a real fiscal conservative run the city.
    1. REALITY BITES posted on 01/23/2014 08:52 AM
      @Jim Re: "... can't make a decision in 8 or 9 months for Mayor...'

      Only because Mr. Tory actually thinks things through with his brain as opposed to the current mayor-in-name-only who leads with his mouth.
    2. Jim posted on 01/23/2014 11:15 AM
      @REALITY BITES You can give a decision like this adequate consideration in a month or two. This is him playing games with the people of Toronto.

      And mark my words, "Tory the Tax Bringer".
    3. dama posted on 01/23/2014 02:35 PM
      @Jim I agree.. you dont have to wait for 8 or 9 months to see if you want to contest the mayralty job..

      John is waiting to see if Rob Ford makes more scandalous issues so that his chance will be better

      Also, based on the latest pool even with Olivcia Chow running .. John Tory still will come in 3rd after Rob Ford and Olivia Chow..

      John Tory said: There is a group of people, a substantial group of people, who would like me to run, and they're organizing on the basis that they'd like to make sure there's an option for me if I choose to run."

      Large group of people wanting him to run? why does John Tory needs this large group unless he will pay them back when he is the mayor, so we are looking at this large group as lobbyists and Ford Nation will not tolerate this.. wherelese Rob Ford is for the people.

      Will John Tory visit every apartments that needs the mayor's help? I guess not.. unlike Rob Ford..
  4. alex m posted on 01/23/2014 08:59 AM
    John Tory has been using CFRB for his campaigning for the last 4 years!
    He should be paying CFRB not the other way around. Isn't there something in the
    elections laws against this?
    1. Frankie posted on 01/23/2014 09:45 AM
      @alex m Perhaps a similar situation with Olivia Chow, living off a federal salary and expenses while "not campaigning" to be Mayor. Don't expect the Star to investigate whether she's doing anything illegal.

      Ford and Tory would split a right vote and feed into Chow's mayoralty. Best thing that happens is Ford becomes clean enough to garner a majority (unlikely). Next best result is Ford implodes and Tory gets a majority.
    2. AC posted on 01/23/2014 09:48 AM
      @alex m if there was something in the laws the Rob and Doug comedy hour wouldn't of been on
    3. sally posted on 01/23/2014 09:55 AM
      @alex m Alex, it makes my blood boil when John gets on the air and talks Ford, i call this a great big conflict of interest..last night he was yammering on about Ford and some of the comments John made were untrue, he got hammered on the facts by the caller and looked foolish , John soon got off that subject..
      To use the talk show to promote himself is truly very very distasteful, even if he hasn't come out and admitted he wants to run...
    4. dama posted on 01/23/2014 02:53 PM
      @Frankie The split vote will come from those sitting on the fence but with the latest poll, Rob Ford will win over Olivia Chow and John Tory coming in 3rd.. Ford Nation will still vote Rob Ford
      even with JT running.. JT is for the elitist.

      and the Ford brothers stated that they themselves do not trust these polls and the only poll is Oct 27, so they are not afraid to lose..

      Rob Ford is not helping himself with the latest Monday's goof
      and he just have to stay away from creating more problems for himself
  5. jane meadows posted on 01/23/2014 10:16 AM
    I will never vote for John Tory...This is very unethical to use a radio station as your platform. You are rich arrogant pompous ass who does not care about taxpayers...We are not interested in your undemocratic ideas that trample on the democratic rights of the taxpayers.. Conservatives like me did not vote for your for Premier and I certainly will not vote for you the 2nd time around...Give it a rest...Why should I vote for someone who never listens to taxpayers but thinks he knows better than everyone else? NO THANK YOU JOHN TORY..
    1. john posted on 01/23/2014 10:53 AM
      @jane meadows and how do u know if john Tory dos not care about taxpayers . weirs your evidence of that ? at lest with the useless counsel members that are ruing for mayor we know that thay plain to f$@$#@$# up this city . personally i prefer rob ford to be mayor . Tory will do as well .
    2. dama posted on 01/23/2014 02:43 PM
      @jane meadows and that is what election is all about..

      Rob Ford by registering first is telling all other candidates that he is ready for the challenge even with his baggage, so if John Tory decides to throw in his name, it is just another opposition that Rob Ford will entertain

      and you have every right NOT to vote for JT as with Ford haters not to vote for Rob Ford..

      and I agree with you that John is using his radio show to self promote himself, not as a candidate for mayor but his platforms..

      Why is John still waiting to throw in his name?

      I think he is afraid of losing .. and he will lose.. based on his political track records.. of not winning any elections.
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