Yesterday afternoon, after news had broken about two more resignations in his office, Crack Aficionado Magazine cover boy Rob Ford spoke to the press for a couple of minutes. Ford said that “everything’s going fine”, but every time he was asked about his crack issues, he responded “next question”. He made the claim that he’s saved Toronto “a billion dollars” (which is bullshit) and that he “can’t wait” to get on the campaign trail. The video at the first link cuts off before the live feed I was watching ended, so we miss one of the reporters muttering “thanks, maggots”, a reference to Doug and Rob’s radio appearance where Rob called the media a “bunch of maggots”.
Today, the Star is reporting that the killing of one of the crack dealers who appeared in the crack smoking video with Ford was a “street level thing”.
After yesterday’s news conference, reporters tweeted that Doug Ford, Rob’s older brother and family consigliere, was claiming that the mayor’s office had “hundreds of resumes” to replace departing staff members. While Doug isn’t so good with the numbers (he’s the source of the “billion dollar savings” claim), I’m sure there are plenty of former Etobicoke hash dealing buddies of the Fords who will fill vacancies. They’ve already hired one, David Price, as “director of logistics”. He’s being paid more than veteran staffers at the Mayor’s office, and Doug Ford’s comment on his qualifications was “you can’t teach loyalty”.
Without a tie between Ford and the shootings of his video buddies, this thing seems to be heading to a stonewalling stalemate between Ford and the media. Even if Gawker buys and posts the video, it’s already a pretty much established fact that it exists, so that won’t add much more pressure to the situation. Ford will be radioactive, so he won’t be going to may ribbon cuttings or addressing too many Rotary meetings, but he can still attend to his official duties. I doubt he’ll be having many more press conferences, but I don’t see how Toronto will be rid of him anytime soon.