Rob Ford Hospitalized With Tumor

Future of Toronto mayor's campaign uncertain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 12:03 AM CDT
Rob Ford Hospitalized With Tumor
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at City Hall earlier this year.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, file)

Rob Ford's re-election campaign is in jeopardy again, and this time it's because of his health instead of his scandals. The Toronto mayor has been admitted to a local hospital with a tumor in his abdomen. A hospital spokesman says the tumor is "not small," but it's not yet clear what kind of tumor it is or whether it is malignant, reports the Toronto Star. The hospital says Ford had been experiencing abdominal pain for at least three months and went to the emergency room after the jolts of pain became "excruciating" yesterday morning.

Ford is "in good spirits," his brother and campaign manager Doug told reporters. Doug Ford is a fellow city council member, and there has been speculation that he might decide to take his brother's place in the mayoral race. The election is Oct. 27, and Doug—who said he would address the state of the campaign today—has until 2pm tomorrow to enter the race. This isn't the first health scare for Rob Ford, whose father died of colon cancer in 2006, reports the Toronto Sun. He had a tumor on his appendix removed in 2009, had kidney stones in 2011, and was hospitalized with throat and stomach problems in 2012. (More Rob Ford stories.)

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