It is often not the fault of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the hoopla he creates that is. It's just that everywhere he goes his unusual reputation follows and citizens want to touch him, to shout hello, to get a photo with him. To be a part of it all.
Such was the case yet again, this time at the ACC Saturday night when the big guy went to see the Toronto Maple Leafs try and rekindle their flickering Stanley Cup playoff hopes. Ford was accompanied by Toronto councilor and city budget chief, Frank Di Giorgio.
Di Giorgio said the mayor was, as far as he knew, sober (unlike a previous visit there, but let's let bygones be bygones) and that the stir he caused here and there throughout the evening was a function of Ford's rock-star status.
"Rob is a bit of a rock star," Di Giorgio told media. "People just congregate around him wherever he goes. This is a normal occurrence."
Mayor Rob Ford: denied entry to posh lounge
During the game the two decided to move locations because Mayor Ford wanted to go into the rather posh, and exclusive, directors lounge; however, he was denied entry by security. That didn't sit well with the mayor, but Di Giorgio said it was all a misunderstanding.
"At one point, I had asked to go to the lounge to speak to people. ACC staff said there was a special function going on there and Rob wouldn't be able to go in," Di Giorgio said. "Rob was convinced it was because he voted against an MLSE proposal in council. He thought that was the reason he was being refused entry. I was trying to move him along (to) not stay too long in one place."
Because of the crowding around the mayor, he and Di Giorgio were separated for a time but eventually reunited. Whether or not Ford's visit worked by getting him a few more votes in the Oct. 27, 2014 election is unknown, but the game didn't work for the Leafs, they lost 4-2 to the Winnipeg Jets and saw their playoff hopes all but disappear.