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Mayor Rob Ford is “Very Surprised” by His Friend’s Arrest

"He's a good guy, and I don't throw my friends under the bus."

Rob Ford gets ready to arm wrestle Hulk Hogan at Fan Expo 2013.

At a press conference that was held, oddly, in a gas-station parking lot, Mayor Rob Ford spoke briefly to reporters about the arrest of his friend and occasional driver, Alexander “Sandro” Lisi.

“I’m surprised,” said Ford. “I’m very surprised. And it’s before the courts. Obviously I can’t say much.”

Lisi was arrested at an Etobicoke dry cleaners on Tuesday night. He’s charged with four drug-related offences, including trafficking in marijuana. Arrested along with Lisi was Jamshid Bahrami, who is reportedly the owner of the dry cleaners. Bahrami is charged with three offences, including possession of cocaine.

Lisi’s name first came to public attention in August, when the Star reported that he and other Rob Ford associates were under investigation for their alleged efforts to retrieve the well-known but little-seen cellphone video that reportedly appears to show Ford smoking crack. The same article also said that Lisi had told friends that he supplies drugs to Ford. Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, the police officer leading that investigation, is named on the Toronto Police Service press release that announces Lisi’s arrest.

In the past, Ford has said that Lisi is “straight as an arrow,” and at today’s press conference, which lasted about two minutes, he reiterated that.

“He’s a friend,” said Ford. “He’s a good guy. And I don’t throw my friends under the bus. Like I said, he’s straight and narrow. I’ve never once seen the guy drink. Never seen him do drugs.”

The mayor refused to answer other, more probing questions about his dealings with Lisi, and berated reporters for showing up at his home. Before leaving the podium, he plugged his upcoming business mission to Austin, Texas, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday.


  • milanista1

    I’ve really had it with what an insult to the mayor’s office this guy is.
    Enough already.

    • dsmithhfx

      “Lisi has a lengthy record of interaction with police, including convictions for threatening and assaulting women.”

      • Testu

        He’s straight as an arrow who beats his wife.

        Considering Rob Ford’s own history of domestic violence it’s not surprising.

      • vampchick21

        And prior drug possession convictions.So if Ford really is surprised, he didn’t pay much attention to his good friend.

    • Lee Zamparo

      Please remember to vote with your rage in 2014

  • Paul Lloyd Johnson

    Rob obviously doesn’t watch Breaking Bad. You don’t need to do drugs, to be a drug dealer.

  • glenn_storey

    rob ford: enabling criminals since [fill in the date]

  • Dinah Might

    Ford & co. are always quick to go to the “I’ve never even seen him take a drink” line when somebody’s been caught out.

    But when Rob gets drunk in public the story becomes “sure he had a couple drinks, he’s a regular guy”.

    How hard is it to stick to “sure he has a drink once in a while, no more than most people”? Why is it always “Not once in the history of humankind have I or any of my friends so much as LOOKED at even a single drop of alcohol”?

  • vampchick21

    I’m eagerly awaiting the viral video on YouTube of a Ford Nation diehard in close-up, crying hysterically, demanding that we leave Robby alone. Preferably after Robby has been photographed attacking Star reporters with an umbrella after getting a buzzcut. This will result in his mother seeking conservatorship after he’s hauled away by police to CAMH.


  • the_lemur

    In other words, ‘I’d like to keep thinking he’s a good guy, but if it turns out he’s involved in something shady, I’ll still hire him as an occasional driver’?

    • tyrannosaurus_rek


    • danieljchristie

      …or ‘Co-Ordinator Of Logistics’.

  • wklis

    It was suggested that he use a police constable as a chauffeur. He keeps rejecting that. Wonder why?

    • tomwest

      Cost and the lack of any signifcant threat to the his wellbeing from criminals.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        When criminals are on the payroll I guess he doesn’t need to fear them.

  • istoronto

    At least we now have an idea of where Rob gets all that pot he has claimed to have smoked.

    • Brandon Jones

      Lisi’s neighbour said she saw Rob pull up to the curb in front of Lisi’s parents house several times a week and Lisi would come outside and talk to Ford through the window…several times a week doesn’t suggest weed.

      • Guest

        Doesn’t suggest a social call either, so what gives?

        • vampchick21

          Brownies. Very special brownies.

  • mjennings

    Any sensible person would of anticipated the chaos that would ensue with Ford as Mayor, even prior to him being elected due to his confrontational attitude while a council member. The problem is that Ford’s supporters don’t care about what’s sensible and would re-elect this clown from a jail cell.

  • danieljchristie

    The Weekly Flare-Up is always -and I mean ALWAYS- stomped out by Fireman Doug. Except this time. Not a word from Fireman Doug aka The Enraged Porcupine. Nothing but totally uncharacteristic silence. No calls to Jerry Agar even. Hmmmm….

    • vampchick21

      In the reports yesterday, when caught by reporters going from point a to point b, Doug claimed to have never known or spoken to Lisi, that Lisi wasn’t Rob’s driver, that the media are vultures and that the police leaked the arrest to the media to fulfill some nefarious left wing agenda. Also told Joe Warmington of The Sun that Rob was on a plane to Austin at around 9:50am, when it was clear he was still in Toronto and held his funny little gas station press conference at noon.

      • OgtheDim

        Its rather sad that his mom has the belief Doug will become premier. The brother’s inability to see reality and their willingness to create an alternative universe where facts are ignored seems to be genetic.

        • vampchick21

          If I recall the Toronto Life article from a few months ago, isn’t their mom the driving force behind the mayor run and possibly the provincial run?

          • glenn_storey

            why does dianne ford hate us?

      • danieljchristie

        Thank you. I stand corrected. Obviously the whole thing is a monsterous put-up job concocted by Communists, Socialists (where do you thing the term ‘social media’ came from, eh?), Fifth Columnists, anarchists, Occupiers, Atwood-istas, hair stylists, Birkenstockers, group therapists, candle makers, radical vegans, French verb conjugaters….and….The Toronto Star. I mean OBVIOUSLY. Just ask Doug….

        • vampchick21

          It’s like he rants without realizing that the reporter he’s ranting to is tweeting what he’s ranting about.

          • dsmithhfx

            I don’t think he actually cares. He’s creating pithy quotes for SAL and sound bites for newstalk1010, full stop.

  • dsmithhfx

    He’s a great salesman!

  • danieljchristie

    Is Rob Ford and his Smarter Brother nothing more than a proxy for Organized Crime? Did Montreal get a little too hot what with the Charboneau Inquiry and all? Douggie especially is all about construction -and it doesn’t matter what. Ferris wheels, extended runways, casinos -you name it. Construction for construction’s sake. The pair of them seem to be (to me at least) front men. Am I that far off? Is this why the Lisi arrest, the Project Traveller investigation, Is it about Organized Crime, drugs and construction?