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Doug Ford’s Media Tour

The mayor's brother talked to various members of the press yesterday, and had many choice words for Toronto's chief of police.

Photo by photopia, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Chief Bill Blair recently sat down with CP24 and explained that he had been “deeply offended” by the language Rob Ford used in reference to him in the Steak Queen video (among other things, the mayor called him a “cocksucker”). Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North)—Rob Ford’s brother, campaign manager, and frequent unofficial spokesperson—then proceeded to spend much of the day yesterday speaking out about what he sees as abuses of power by Chief Bill Blair. Here are just a few of the things he had to say at a few of the stops he made:

Press Scrum at City Hall

Doug announces he’s going to be filing another complaint against Chief Bill Blair. He insists he has never had any contact with Sandro Lisi—”I’ve never met Mr. Lisi, I’ve never talked to Mr. Lisi”—which is somewhat surprising, as Lisi volunteered for Rob Ford’s 2010 campaign and, of course, served as the mayor’s occasional driver.

Doug also suggests that there is an anti-Ford conspiracy involving Chief Bill Blair, police board member Andy Pringle, and mayoral candidate John Tory: “Put the dots together—Andy Pringle, the chief, and John Tory are all good buddies. I find it very very suspicious in my opinion, that all the dots are finally connecting as I said they would.”

The John Oakley Show — AM640

According to Doug, Chief Blair is lawless—”No one is holding this guy accountable. He thinks he’s in the Wild West, running around, shooting his mouth off…and someone has to rein him in. He’s getting out of control now, in my opinion.” But he’s also extremely calculating, and the “most political chief” Doug’s ever seen. Which is why, Doug contends, it’s “time for this guy to go.”

The Arlene Bynon Show – CanadaTalks SiriusXM 167

Doug provides more details about his Blair-Pringle-Tory conspiracy theory: “It’s not a coincidence they’re good friends. Andy Pringle, the gentleman that took him on the trip, was John Tory’s chief of staff; he’s also, from what I understand, raising funds for John Tory—better known as the bag man.”

Doug Ford’s anti-Blair media offensive might not be having the effect he’d been hoping for: a CFRB 1010 poll found that over 90% of respondents, when asked whose side they were on when it came to the Ford-Blair feud, answered “I support the chief.”

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