Toronto Mayor: I Smoked Crack 'in Drunken Stupor'

But Rob Ford insists he's not an addict

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2013 12:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted that he'd at least used crack today, in what the CBC describes as a "scrum" with reporters outside city hall. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he said. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago." He insisted that he was technically telling the truth when he said earlier this year that he didn't use crack cocaine, because he doesn't light up habitually. "I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the correct question."

"There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor," he said, according to the AP. "That's why I want to see the tape. … I want to see the state that I was in." Ford has clung to his office in the face of calls for his resignation. In another twist in the story, his brother, city councilor Doug Ford, called on police chief Bill Blair to resign today, alleging that Blair was biased against Rob Ford. Slate has audio of today's full and hilarious exchange between Rob Ford and reporters. And then there's this.

In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells to the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in Toronto.
In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tells to the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File)
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