Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack

November 5, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday admitted to smoking crack cocaine -- blaming it on one of his "drunken stupors."

The admission brings to a close a months-long saga that began with reports of a someone trying to sell a video of Ford smoking what appeared to be a crack pipe.

After Toronto police said that they had obtained the video, Ford on Monday admitted to "mistakes" but stopped short of saying he had smoked crack.

According to CBC News, Ford on Tuesday went a step further, admitting that he had smoked crack.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford told reporters.

He added: "Do I? Am I an addict? No? Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”

Ford maintains that he never lied about having taken the drug.

The outspoken and often outrageous conservative mayor has said he won't leave his job. A new poll, though, shows 59 percent of his constituents want him to resign.

The episode harkens back to the last time a well-known mayor was caught in a scandal involving crack cocaine: Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry in 1990.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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