Why they’re still voting for Rob Ford: Ford Fest attendees in their own words

Why they’re still voting for Rob Ford: Ford Fest attendees in their own words

Rob Ford greets supporters at Ford Fest 2014. (Image: Kayla Rocca)

Each year, Rob Ford hosts Ford Fest, a giant public barbecue that he swears, for legal reasons, is not technically a campaign event. Campaign-related or not, though, on Friday the event drew thousands of likely voters and other assorted die-hard Ford supporters (these days, the mayor barely has any other kind of supporter) to Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough, where they waited on hours-long lines: one giant one for free hamburgers, and another (slightly shorter) one to shake the mayor’s hand.

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It can be hard for anyone outside the Ford Nation bubble to understand the mayor’s enduring appeal. Scandal after scandal, he continues to poll respectably well alongside candidates with none of his personal and political liabilities. In an attempt to figure out Ford’s unshakeable grip, particularly on young suburban voters, Toronto Life waded into the Ford Fest crowds, past the bigoted violence and the illegal horse-riding, to ask a bunch of seemingly normal attendees a simple question: why do you still support Rob Ford?

Click through the photo gallery to read their answers.