Rob Ford is running for mayor, crazy bar has been set

Rob Ford is running for mayor, crazy bar has been set

After much speculation, Rob Ford is now in contention to have the craziest mayoral campaign. Sure bands may have cancelled their appearance at Giorgio Mammoliti’s concert, Sarah Thomson may have forgotten how she fared in a past election and Adam Giambrone may have had that indiscretion, but the candidates will have to step it up now that Ford is in the race.

The Etobicoke North councillor made the announcement on AM 640 this morning, promising to cut the number of city councillors in half over the next four years in order to “save millions.”

The self-proclaimed fiscal conservative and social liberal famously said in June 2006, “It is very preventable. If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you won’t get AIDS probably—that’s the bottom line,” and in 2008 said, “Those Oriental people work like dogs… They sleep beside their machines… The Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over… They’re hard, hard workers.” And to top things off, weeks after that happened, he was arrested and charged with assault and threatening death.

Another Ford gem: “I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

Sure, we all know Ford’s never going to win, but at least we’ll end up with more notable quotables.

Ford kicks off mayoral campaign with pledge to cut city council [Globe and Mail]
Rob Ford jumps into Toronto’s race for mayor [National Post]
Rob Ford Arrested For Assault And Threatening Death [City News]
Rob Ford Refuses To Publicly Apologize Over Asian Comments [City News]