Lewis Diuguid

Toronto mayor right to drop bid for re-election to focus on his health

Accompanied by family members, new Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford speaks outside his mother's home in the Etobicoke area of Toronto on Friday. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropped out of the race on Friday, and his brother said he is running to carry on the work the two of them started.
Accompanied by family members, new Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford speaks outside his mother's home in the Etobicoke area of Toronto on Friday. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropped out of the race on Friday, and his brother said he is running to carry on the work the two of them started. The Associated Press

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is right to focus on his health rather than re-election. At least with his health, he has a fighting chance of winning.

Ford was hospitalized after the discovery of an abdominal tumor. He has decided not to seek re-election.

Ford reported that he had been having abdominal pains for more than three months and that it got worse. It’s not known yet whether the tumor is cancerous.

Trouble was unpacked for the controversial mayor when a May 2013 cellphone video was released to the media allegedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine. Other allegations of his bad behavior surfaced, causing the Toronto City Council to remove much of his mayoral authority.

Ford has apologized, gone into rehab, refused to step down and then sought re-election. He is making the right decision to focus on his health.

His brother, Doug Ford, is running in his place. And they say politics in the U.S. is bizarre.

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