Toronto Mayor: I Smoked Crack 'in Drunken Stupor'
But Rob Ford insists he's not an addict
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2013 12:05 PM CST
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)

(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.

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Guillermo
Nov 7, 2013 9:25 AM CST
And then I signed away everyone's civil rights in Toronto.
kumatose
Nov 5, 2013 6:10 PM CST
When the "I was drunk" defense is played... it's the ultimate act of a desperate addict. No sane person would look at that defense as anything less. What the good Mayor of Toronto is saying, is: "I am unable to be trusted to do anything because I have no accountability when I'm drunk... and no accountability when I decide to get drunk."
Vasiliki-kefala
Nov 5, 2013 5:44 PM CST
The voters get what they elected so they deserve to be humiliated. The world is laughing at them. Detroit elected a crooked mayor and look now what's going on. Greece elected PASOK and Papandreou Sr. & Jr. and look the mess they are in. You vote for these idiots then you deserve them.