Marking his three-year anniversary following a tumultuous term as Toronto mayor, Rob Ford took to Twitter with a focus on the future: “FORD MORE YEARS!”
Sunday will mark one year until the next municipal election on Oct. 27, 2014
Celebrating the third anniversary of his landslide 2010 municipal election win, Ford is vowing to seek a second term. He will have to wait until January to officially throw his hat in the ring.
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However, while he’s had some success since taking office, his personal life has largely overshadowed his policy decisions in his three years at the helm of the largest city in Canada.
Last year, a judge ruled that he violated conflict-of-interest rules and that he be removed from office — but the decision was overturned on appeal before the penalty could kick in.
More notably, Ford has been surrounded by a cloud of controversy after the Toronto Star and U.S. gossip site Gawker reported to have seen a video that allegedly shows Ford smoking crack cocaine.
The alleged video is also believed to be a factor in a massive gang investigation by Toronto police that has led to dozens of arrests in the city’s northwest.
He has only said he does not smoke crack cocaine and the video does not exist.
— Mayor Rob Ford (@TOMayorFord) October 25, 2013
Ford himself admits he’s tired of constantly being chased by the media, telling a group of reporters at city hall Friday that he “can’t even breathe sometimes.”
“You guys drive me crazy to be quite frank with you,” he said. “Cause you never chased any other mayor like you chase me, you don’t camp out at any other mayor’s house.”
A September Forum Research poll provided to the Toronto Sun found Ford has a 49 per cent approval rating — just shy of the 50 per cent he scored when he was first elected in 2010.
Ford nabbed 47 per cent of the vote in 2010, while George Smitherman got 36 per cent and Joe Pantalone received 11.7 per cent.
His 11-point margin of victory was the largest in post-amalgamation Toronto, as was a 52 per cent voter turnout.
Ford is given the credit for balancing the municipal budget and convincing Ottawa to help fund the Scarborough subway.
— With files from The Canadian Press