Rob Ford’s allies fight Adam Vaughan in an epic battle of words, tweets and blurry photos
Rob Ford supporters clashed with Councillor (and likely 2014 mayoral candidate) Adam Vaughan yesterday, in an entertaining, though dishearteningly spiteful, war of words and tweets. Vaughan started things off by slamming Ford for shirking his mayoral duties—a charge that journalists and politicos have also made in the past. Vaughan told the Toronto Sun:
Very little of what you talk about when you’re talking about this mayor has anything to do with work at city hall, and as a result his approval ratings are dropping. He’s not doing anything here; in fact he’s doing very little. He barely even shows up for work.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday jumped in to defend Ford, confirming Ford was at city hall that very day. He also called Vaughan “David Miller Jr.” (BURN!) and accused him of insulting the mayor to get attention. “The only way he can get in the news is to be critical of somebody,” Holyday said.
The scuffle didn’t end there. A couple of hours later, Mark Towhey, Ford’s director of policy, got involved, tweeting a picture of Ford “hard at work for the taxpayers” in a meeting with Mike Del Grande and Jaye Robinson (and, most excellently, a bottle of Tabasco sauce). Of course, proving the mayor’s productivity via the “pics or it didn’t happen” approach is a little weak. But at least it inspired others, including Councillor Josh Matlow and team, and a cat-cuddling Matt Elliott, to show photographic proof of their own work ethic. [Toronto Sun]