TORONTO – Two key staffers of Mayor Rob Ford have left their jobs.
George Christopoulos, Ford’s press secretary, and Isaac Ransom, Ford’s deputy press secretary, quit Monday.
Ford told reporters Christopoulos and Ransom have decided to go down a different avenue.
“I was informed about this at approximately 12 o’clock noon today and I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours and I want to thank them for working hard in this office.”
Sources suggest the men resigned “on principle” after Ford’s statement Friday.
In that statement, Ford said, “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.”
Ford would not say why the men resigned but appeared to suggest they left to pursue new jobs.
“I don’t want to get into personnel issues. I never get into personnel issues as you know and it’s better, maybe, for them to answer that,” Ford said.
Their resignation follows Ford’s firing of chief of staff Mark Towhey Thursday.
In a tweet after news surfaced that the staffers had left, Towhey called Christopolous and Ransom “outstanding, honest and honourable professionals.”
Ford insists his office is not falling apart.
“It’s business as usual…We have our executive committee tomorrow and we’re just soldiering on.”
Coun. Doug Ford echoed the statement.
“I wouldn’t say so. I think we got some good staff.”
The mayor named Amin Massoudi, Coun. Ford’s executive assistant, as his new spokesperson.
The mayor also apologized for calling reporters “maggots” on his weekend radio show.
“I sincerely apologize to each and every one of you. I understand you have a job to do.”