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article imageToronto election signs attack mayoral candidate Rob Ford

By Andrew Moran     Oct 12, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - With two leeks left until Toronto voters head to the polls, an unknown person or organization posted signs along the city's University Avenue that attacked Rob Ford by saying: "Wife-beating racist drunk for Mayor!"
On early Tuesday morning, at least 10 black and white election attack signs reading: “Wife-beating racist drunk for Mayor!” were posted along University Avenue in downtown Toronto, according to CTV News.
The signs, which were posted throughout the night by an unknown person or organization, were direct hits against frontrunner mayoral candidate Rob Ford.
680 News reports that they were later removed around 6 a.m. after a contractor was disgusted by the signs: “And I just don't think it's a fair run at the race, I know they should talk about the real political issues, so I think it's a low blow,” said Frank the contractor.”
In 1999, Ford admitted he was arrested in Florida and charged with Driving Under the Influence. In 2008, Ford was charged with assault and threatening death against his wife, but the charges were later dropped.
The Rob Ford mayoral campaign stated on Tuesday that they expect this to be a dirty campaign because many people “rely on government largess, in other words, the gravy train.” Ford campaign spokesperson, Adrienne Batra, told the Toronto Sun: “It is very clear those who don't want Rob Ford to be mayor will stop at nothing.”
Meanwhile, the George Smitherman campaign said the signs were not a part of their campaign because Smitherman, according to spokesperson Erika Mozes, “has not been running a campaign at all that has been about personal attacks.”
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