Rob Ford stuns city with oral sex comment, vows to sue ex-staff

Posted Nov 14, 2013 by Andrew Moran
Oops, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did it again. As he arrived to his office Thursday morning, he held a press scrum in which he announced that he would be suing three of his former staffers. It didn't stop there.
City Manager Joe Pennachetti (L) and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
City Manager Joe Pennachetti (L) and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Sporting a Toronto Argonauts jersey as he arrived at city hall to prepare for a city council meeting, Ford informed reporters that he wasn’t able to comment on yesterday’s documents because he didn’t read them yet. He has now confirmed that he will take action against former Press Secretary George Christopoulos, ex-chief of staff Mark Towhey and ex-special assistant Isaac Ransom for speaking to police and making controversial allegations.
Ford will also take a Bier Market waiter to court.
Justice Ian Nordheimer ordered the release of some blacked-out portions of documents that included serious accusations of drug abuse, alcoholism and even prostitution, but the mayor denies ever being in the company of prostitutes.
“I don't appreciate people calling Alana a prostitute. Never had a prostitute here. I'm very happily married at home. This is very disturbing against my wife,” Ford told a horde of cameras and reporters on live television.
The woman in question is named Alana and she is a friend of his. Another woman involved in the reports was Olivia Gondek. The documents noted that the mayor wanted to “eat her p----,” but the mayor said he would never do such a thing.
“...I have never said that in my life to her,” Ford stated. “I would never do that. I'm happily married. I've got more than enough to eat at home. Thank you very much."
Soon after Ford made those lewd remarks, several councillors were very upset and troubled by them. During the morning session of Thursday’s council meeting, many councillors had shunned and turned their backs on the mayor as he was speaking on the chamber floors, including former Budget Chief Mike Del Grande.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who is considering running for mayor next year, said the mayor “crossed the line” and “no apology” would suffice. Instead of taking a leave of absence, Minnan-Wong recommends the mayor step down.
Councillor Janet Davis, meanwhile, just wants Ford to go and not address the media, not address council because every time he does it embarrasses the city and gets himself deeper into trouble.
Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly said such language may be appropriate for the locker room but not for the chief magistrate.
Longtime Ford ally, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti isn’t so quick to judge. The former 2010 mayoral candidate noted that he won’t “give up” on an addict, which he believes Ford is.
“I think that it's very clear if the mayor doesn't do something and take that step,” said Mammoliti. “He will lose the rest of his support.”
Oh, and one more thing. Ford will call Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina to tell him that the Argonauts were going to “spank the little [Hamilton] Tiger Cats.”
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