Toronto Has a New Mayor

And John Tory isn't known for his drunken stupors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2014 12:10 AM CDT
Toronto Has a New Mayor
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, consoles his brother Doug at their mother's home in Toronto last night.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Unless John Tory has a closet bursting with skeletons, it may be awhile before the words "crack cocaine" or "drunken stupor" appear in the same sentence as "Toronto mayor" again. The moderate conservative has been elected mayor with around 40% of the vote in a record turnout, reports the Toronto Star. Doug Ford, who took his brother Rob Ford's place in the race after the mayor was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, came in second with 34%. In his victory speech, Tory, a former cable exec and commissioner of the Canadian Football League, promised "sensible, competent, accountable" leadership and an end to the "division that has paralyzed City Hall."

But the Ford family isn't completely out of city politics, the AP reports. Rob Ford—whose brother described him as "the best mayor ever" after conceding defeat—was elected to his old council seat. He is still mayor until Tory takes office on Dec. 1, and he strongly hinted he might seek the office again. "In four more years, you're going to see another example of the Ford family never, ever, ever giving up," he told supporters. Despite his many scandals, Ford was in first place in the polls before his illness—and he will be sadly missed by late-night comedians. On Sunday night, John Oliver took a scathing look at Doug Ford's campaign and begged Torontonians to choose him and give the world something to laugh at for another four years, reports blogTo. (More Toronto stories.)

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