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."