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article imageToronto Mayor Ford accused of hitting on, groping election foe

By Andrew Moran     Mar 8, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been accused of doing a lot of things since becoming mayor in 2010. One of the latest allegations could perhaps damage his political career: grabbing the behind of former election rival, Sarah Thomson.
Thomson, who ran for mayor in 2010 and is the publisher of The Women’s Post, made the accusations on her Facebook page shortly after attending the CJPAC Action Party on Thursday night. She lambasted Ford for making crude comments and for touching her inappropriately on her behind.
She even posted a photo of her posing with Ford, who had his eyes closed and a stain on his white shirt. Many say he looked intoxicated, while others make the point that it was a bad shot, which is why he looked the way he did.
"Thought it was a friendly hello to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at the CJPAC Action Party tonight until he suggested I should have been in Florida with him last week because his wife wasn't there. Seriously wanted to punch him in the face. Happy International Women's Day,” Thomson stated in her Facebook post.
In an account to the Toronto Sun, Thomson asked Ford why he wasn’t at the mayor’s roundtable and Ford responded, “I was in Florida, you should have been with me, my wife wasn't there.” She added that she thought it was a weird remark.
Mark Towhey, the mayor’s chief of staff, provided a completely different account to the news outlet. He confirmed that he was there as well as three additional staff members and a driver. All of the individuals “were within earshot of him the entire time. They never heard any of this.” Ford was also said to be only drinking water and did not consume any alcoholic beverages.
“The mayor commented about her still having the same (dreadlocks) hairstyle, they laughed,” Towhey explained. “She asked him if he would support her subway tax, he said, no. I know that I was 20 feet away watching all of this stuff go down, she was very happy - it appeared to me as laughing and smiling.”
Toronto mayoral candidates  George Smitherman (L) and Sarah Thomson (R).
Toronto mayoral candidates, George Smitherman (L) and Sarah Thomson (R).
Towhey elaborated that when Ford was in Florida last week he was indeed with his wife and children.
Mayor Ford is expected to release a statement sometime Friday.
Thomson didn’t generate much support in her bid to become mayor in 2010. She dropped out of the race and endorsed Ford’s biggest rival, George Smitherman, who lost in large numbers. Thomson also ran for the Ontario Liberals in the Trinity-Spadina in the last provincial election. She is now the chair of the Toronto Transit Alliance (TTA).
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