Poll: Rob Ford Could Actually Get Re-Elected

Even though he made football players roll in goose poop
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2014 4:13 AM CDT

The good people of Toronto appear to be quite a forgiving bunch: The latest poll suggests Rob Ford, whose crack cocaine use and other antics have drawn worldwide media attention, has a pretty good shot at being re-elected as mayor in October, the Washington Post reports. The poll released yesterday puts Ford, who emerged from rehab at the end of June, in second place at 31%, just three points behind front-runner John Tory. Ford told reporters last week that he is "sober as a judge" and he'll be happy to take a drug test before the election—as long as the other candidates do, too.

The poll, however, was taken before yet more embarrassing allegations surfaced. Newly released school board documents state that while coaching a high school football team, the mayor ordered players to roll in goose poop when he was unhappy with their efforts, notes the CBC. The school—which fired the mayor as coach last year—also accuses the mayor of using the team as a "human shield" to deflect reporters, backing out of a promise to pay $5,000 for new helmets, threatening to beat up a teacher, and showing up drunk and "incoherent" at practice. Yesterday was the final city council meeting before the election, and possibly Ford's last as mayor, Global News reports. Ford apologized for embarrassing the council and putting it through "some challenges." Before they broke for lunch, he rose to dance by himself as a reggae version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was played. (More Rob Ford stories.)

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