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Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, Canada, has admitted to smoking crack-cocaine “probably a year ago” while he was in a “drunken stupor.” Despite the heavy severity of this revelation, the Mayor of North America’s fourth largest city has refused to step down from office with an unremitting vehemence.
In an impromptu press conference outside of City Hall, the heavy-set, perspiring Mayor addressed a fervent heard of reporters. The Mayor said, “Yes, I have smoked crack-cocaine. But no, do I, am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”
From a spectator’s perspective, this entire ordeal is completely and utterly baffling. Rob Ford initially denied the accusations that he smoked crack-cocaine back in May, perpetually brushing them off as absurd. A correspondent for the New York based online publication “Gawker” claimed he saw a video of the Toronto Mayor inhaling from a crack pipe. These claims were shortly substantiated thereafter by the Toronto Star print publication. Despite the unyielding conviction from both publications, these accusations remained accusations.
Without physical possession of the video, the controversy slowly died down and the accusations mitigated. That is until the Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair, launched a comprehensive investigation and obtained the video last week of the Mayor smoking crack-cocaine.
Chief Blair said, “As a citizen of the city, I am disappointed.” But, he declined any further comment.
The Mayor, despite the growing ubiquity and the seriousness of the scandal, has remained oddly calm. He claimed that he did not even remember smoking the crack-cocaine and that he, himself, would like to see the video. He, furthermore, kept citing that he was in a “drunken stupor” as if that eradicates his accountability.
In light of his admission, the Mayor addressed the press and said, “I was elected to do a job, and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing.”
In time, an eager global audience and a disgruntled city will see just exactly what the implications of smoking crack-cocaine are for an elected official in office.
In the meantime, the Mayor will continue to govern and hopefully he will employ some will-power to keep away from his drug of choice.