Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Claims He's on the Wagon
(TORONTO) -- Despite what other people might think, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims he's been clean and sober for the past three weeks. In an interview Tuesday with Canadian cable TV channel CP24, Ford said he had quit drinking and guaranteed that no one will ever see him intoxicated in public ever again. Ford is on a campaign to rehabilitate his image, just two weeks after admitting to buying and smoking crack cocaine while fending off allegations by former staffers that he hired prostitutes and drove drunk.
Over the past several days, the mayor's powers have been stripped from him, making his post largely ceremonial now, but Ford has vowed to legally challenge what he alleges is a coup by the Toronto City Council.
Ford told CP24 that he has "drunken to excess at times" but that he's working with health professionals to keep him on the straight and narrow. He also asserted, "I do not do drugs."
Meanwhile, Ford's TV career is going about as well as his political career nowadays. The mayor's new reality show, Ford Nation, was canceled Tuesday, one day after its debut on the Sun News Network managed to attract just 155,000 viewers, The Globe and Mail reports.
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