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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford: 'I do not use crack cocaine'

By KJ Mullins     May 24, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talked to media at City Hall after a morning where his executive committee sent him a letter to address questions about an alleged video of Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
Ford's appearance was broadcast live on local Toronto television.
The open letter to Mayor Ford said that Toronto needs continuity and leadership. It asked the Mayor to "definitively address the allegations before him" openly and transparently. The letter was signed by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and City Councillors Peter Milczyn, Jaye Robinson, Cesar Palacio, Gary Crawford and Michael Thompson. Those who signed the letter are considered to be on the 'right-side' at City Council, as is Ford.
Before Ford spoke his spokesman announced that there would be no questions allowed and for the media to be respectful. As media crowded into the small space in Ford's outer office at City Hall Mayor Ford read from a prepared statement.
Rob Ford said that the allegations came from the Toronto Star and that he does not use crack cocaine. He said that he is being judged by the media without evidence. He was advised not to say a word from his legal staff. Ford addressed his firing as a coach from the Don Bosco football team, giving thanks to the children that he coached. He wished the team success for the upcoming season.
Ford said that he continues to fight for the taxpayers everyday and that it's business as usual at City Hall.
"I will continue to do what the great people of the city elected me to do-keep taxes low," Ford said.
Ford also thanked Mark Towhey, who was fired yesterday as his chief of staff, for service and all the work he has done.
"I can't thank the people of Toronto enough for their support and being there," Ford said and then thanked the media for being there today. He then thanked Doug Holyday, calling him the best Deputy Mayor of Toronto, for being here and his best friend and brother Doug Ford for having to go "through this nonsense."
After Ford retreated into his private office Doug Ford said that he thought "it's disgusting Gawker" dealt with drug dealers.
Mayor Ford has since left City Hall.
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Digital Journal has not seen the video and cannot verify its contents or existence.
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