Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launches reelection campaign

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who’s admitted to smoking crack and drinking to excess, launched his reelection campaign Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Ford spoke of redemption at a rally:

“There’s been some rocky moments over the past year. I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes,” Ford said. “And when they occur, we learn a lot about ourselves. Humility, the kindness of people and the spirit of second chances.”

Those who attended the rally got one free drink, AP reported.

After his admission last year that he’d used crack, Ford weathered numerous controversies. He refused to resign. The Toronto City Council took away much of his power. His talk show was relegated to YouTube after one episode. Though his lawyer said Ford considered rehab, the mayor dismissed the suggestion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last month.

But the incumbent may yet prevail. In February, a poll for The Toronto Sun found 43 percent of the city’s residents still approve of the job Ford is doing as mayor and 37 percent would vote for him this year.

Toronto goes to the polls on Oct. 27. Until then, those who want to play an online video game featuring a Ford avatar that earns points by doing drugs should click here.

Justin Moyer is the deputy editor of the Morning Mix. Follow him on Twitter: @justinwmmoyer.
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