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article imageRob Ford throws election party with bag-pipes, 2,000 supporters

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 18, 2014 in Politics
There's no business quite like show business unless it's show business mixed up with city politics. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threw a re-election campaign party Thursday night and he mixed entertainment with politics before 2,000 noisy supporters.
The re-election launch party had bag-pipe players, a band, balloons, a decommissioned fire truck that was emblazoned with the words "Saving the taxpayers from getting burned." There was also a red carpet for the embattled mayor to stroll down.
The party was at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke and by the time Ford strolled down the red carpet and appeared on stage his supporters/fans had turned the place into a Ford lovefest, one he acknowledged. "Thank you, Ford Nation," he told them. "This is absolutely amazing. But this is just the beginning,"
Olivia Chow leads latest poll
The mayor, who has had much of his powers stripped by council, is in for a tough fight to retain office. In the most recent poll from Pollster Forum Research, of the prime contenders Olivia Chow was in the lead with 34 percent of decided voters, Mr. Ford had 27 percent and John Tory 24 percent. It's a lengthy campaign, however, and the election is not until October 27.
The 44-year-old Ford is closer than many may have believed possible given the crazy ride that he has taken his constituents on since assuming office in December of 2010. His well-documented missteps include public drunkenness, colorful language and staunch denials of using cocaine that turned into admissions of using cocaine while in office.
Alluding to his plethora of missteps he pointed out, as he often does, that everyone makes mistakes but that life goes on. "There's been some rocky moments over the past year," he noted. "I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes. When (mistakes) occur, we learn a lot about ourselves. Humility, the kindness of people and the spirit of second chances."
The mood was festive and the mayor noted that he has many to thank. "I owe the people of Toronto a great, great debt of gratitude," Ford said. He added that he was grateful to supporters who sent encouraging words during tough times.
"You are the salt of the Earth," he told the Ford Nation.
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