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Duly Quoted: Doug Ford

The mayor's brother wants his troubled sibling to take a couple weeks and turn his life around.

“Well, this is my opinion. If Rob goes away on a little vacation, a week or two weeks, comes back. Rob loses 50, 60 pounds, stays on the straight and narrow—because he’s a good man, and he’s an honest man…it’d be tough to beat Rob Ford, and I think they underestimate him all the time.”

—On AM640 this morning, Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) told host John Oakley about his preferred rehabilitation plan for his brother, Rob. (You can listen to the full interview here.) A recent Forum poll indicates that the mayor would have an easier time getting reelected if he were perceived as being “clean and sober”—but, as Oakley pointed out during the interview, one or two weeks isn’t a lot of time.

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  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    An honest man who lies constantly and makes up numbers to suit his delusions. A good man who does hardcore drugs, gets blackout drunk, hangs with gang members, and utters death threats. And gropes women he isn’t married to. And is a racist. And a homophobe. Oh, and allegedly beats his wife.

  • vampchick21

    Doug, stop living in denial. Weight is the least of Rob’s issues right now and a few days vacation isn’t going to fix him. You are not helping, you and your whole family have never been helping. Dig deep, you’ll find the root cause and it will be staring at you from the mirror and across the table at Sunday dinner.

    • Crowie

      Root causes are for latte-sipping, bicycle-riding downtown elites.

      • dsmithhfx

        Fine. Toss him in the clink.

      • vampchick21

        Well, I don’t ride a bicycle, too scared of those car-loving suburbanites

      • OgtheDim

        And Drama teachers.

        Real men get their chief of staff to handle all that stuff while they are busy writing books about hockey history.

    • glenn_storey

      i can tell you what the root cause is. doug and probably randy sexually abused rob as a kid.

  • Your Momma

    Sure Doug, because two weeks is all it takes o get a handle on severe alcohol and drug issues. Fool.

    • HotDang

      The two weeks is to lose the 50 or 60 pounds. Rob doesn’t have a drug or alcohol problem.

      • Your Momma

        You keep telling yourself that cupcake

        • vampchick21

          Missed the sarcasm. :)

          • Your Momma

            Yeah I realized that afterwards. Apologies HotDang :)

          • glenn_storey

            cupcake = snowflake, yeah?

  • dsmithhfx

    Fords’ radio show is no more.

    • CaligulaJones

      So torontoist has just lost, what, 300 comments a week now?

      • dsmithhfx

        The Fords have done more for the media than anyone!

        • glenn_storey

          in the past six months, no doubt about it.

    • andrew97

      I wonder what was the ratio of listeners to hate-listeners. Also, the ratio of genuine callers to staffers.

      • CaligulaJones

        As they found with Howard Stern: people who hated him listened longer than those who liked him.

        • dsmithhfx

          They?

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Assuming the Private Parts movie was honest about that part, “they” are ratings analysts, IIRC.

      • dsmithhfx

        I think all of Ford Nation enjoyed listening to the Fords spew hate.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Raccoon Nation will truly miss the recaps……

      • dsmithhfx

        I won’t. Glad they’re off the air, hope they’re never coming back.

        • bobloblawbloblawblah

          I suspect that the Fords thought they’d be bombed with a lot of negative calls this week and didn’t want to deal with it. CFRB, while loving the ratings probably found the show to be a growing concern as many have been critical of the Fords using it as propaganda tool(with Ainslie submitting a protest about it to the CRTC.). Both sides are probably happy to see it go and, anyhow, Ford can’t use it in the upcoming election, if he makes it that far.

          • CaligulaJones

            Not to mention potential increased costs for security.

  • DimChimpsky

    2 weeks vacation? What the heck is that supposed to do? He’ll go on a 2 week bender in the sun and end up getting caught cavorting with a Mexican prostitute in a children’s playground, with a circus clown taping the event for posterity.

  • Dinah Might

    Yeah, dropping 60 pounds in two weeks will be child’s play! You could even set up a giant novelty scale and videotape Rob’s progress as he does regular weigh-ins. Maybe there’s a pun on “waist/waste” you could work in…. problem solved!!

  • istoronto

    A clean, sober and lighter Rob Ford isn’t going to help make him less of a liar or smarter. Though, it might help him survive past 50.

  • 4ChanApologist

    Is Doug suggesting that Rob could lose 50-60 pounds in 2 weeks? He’d have to go on an all-crack diet to manage that.

    How about he goes on a 3 month vacation from council? Then they can legally remove him.

  • vampchick21

    Ever get the feeling that this statement is more about Doug and his ambitions than the wellbeing of his own brother?

    • dsmithhfx

      Noooo!

    • Dinah Might

      *jawdrop*

    • glenn_storey

      please. EVERYTHING is about doug. he’s the classic narcissist.

  • Crowie

    I swear, this family is the Corleones. Except all of the brothers are Fredos.

    • CaligulaJones

      Or, if this were Star Trek, Pakleds.

    • Dave

      This comment made my day. Thank you!

    • CaligulaJones

      Just re-read “The Godfather”, and it is interesting that Fredo isn’t as dumb, or unattractive in the book as the movie. Not leadership material, but not a washout like Movie Fredo. Probably had to do more with casting the actor, look-wise, and making Michael look better.

      Kinda like Radio and Real Life Ford Brothers aren’t as smart as all that campaign literature.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    Doug? Why not make it a month? Maybe you could go away too. What the heck, take all of your family. We could stand not to hear about or from the Fords for a month. Really.

  • Bradford Hamilton

    Memo to Ma Ford, normal people don’t ever put a breathalyzer in their car, EVER.

  • OgtheDim

    Ugh….

    His issues are not his weight and needing a vacation.

  • danieljchristie

    Yeah, that’s the ticket -a couple of weeks. A change of scene, eh, Ma -a change of scene? Whadda ya think, Ma? A change of scene, eh? That’s all he needs -a change of scene for a couple of weeks. You know, Ma -a change of scene. That’s all. A change of scene. Eh? Whaddya think about that, Ma? I mean about a change of scene? He’s okay, Ma. All he needs is a change of scene. Right, Ma? A change of scene for a couple of weeks and he’ll be just fine. Won’t he Ma? I mean -won’t he?

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I think he just needs a change of scene. For a few weeks.

      ;-)

      • dsmithhfx

        I think he needs to relocate to a different city, where no one’s heard of him.

        Oh.

  • OpportKnocks

    If by “a little vacation”, he means 18 months in the Millhaven Penitentiary, I fully agree with Doug.

  • glenn_storey

    he’s partly right. people DID underestimate robby leading up to the 2O1O election, and that’s why he won. that ain’t gonna happen next time, if there is one, plus he’s got a not very stellar track record that will be ripped to shreds.

  • glenn_storey

    oh boy. more ford math to deconstruct.
    one pound = 3,5OO calories, therefore 6O lbs. = 21O,OOO calories. assuming robby consumes 3OOO calories a day, which is probably low, but i’ll give him the b. of the d., he would have to not eat anything for 7O days. or… he could exercise a whole bunch.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Why are you using capital Os instead of zeroes?

      • glenn_storey

        because my zero key is pooched.

        • OpportKnocks

          Good work, the Roman Empire managed just fine without 0′s for centuries.

          So that is MMMD calories, times LX pounds = ….oops, nevermind

          • glenn_storey

            very funny. good work, sir.

      • dsmithhfx

        l33t sp34k l1t3