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Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on the Limits of His Office

In which Rob Ford uses the Eric Cartman defence.

“I can do whatever I want. This is my office.”

-Rob Ford, answering a reporter’s question about what he’d been doing in his office early (i.e., 1 a.m.-ish) Sunday morning. He’d dropped by City Hall after making an appearance at a Leafs game—and after his late-night pit stop at the office, the mayor went to the nightclub Muzik. Ford denied having been intoxicated, and when asked whether he still uses drugs, responded, “You guys ask stupid questions.”


  • Lavender

    It would be a stupid question if we asked it of Norm Kelly. That’s because there aren’t court documents containing testimony from his staff that he was getting high with hookers in his office. If you’re Rob Ford, and you were hiding out there between the time you went on a public rampage and then to a nightclub, it’s a different story. Notice his answer wasn’t, “I was working.” Notice to Ford: it’s not YOUR office. The premises that we pay to maintain are for your use when you’re working. They’re not your personal hotel room.

  • dsmithhfx

    asked whether he still uses drugs, [Rob] responded, “You guys ask stupid questions.”

    Yeah, I think we already know the answer…

    • Notcleverguy

      Notice how his narrative has gone from, “I will never drink again, I have had a come to Jesus moment” to “I can do what ever the hell I want in my private time” to “I can do what ever the hell I want in my office”?

      Not arresting him (up to date anyway) has emboldened him, and given him a sense that he can do what he pleases without repercussions. All this means is his public moments of embarrassment for him and the city are far from over. Get ready for a summer full of cringe worthy Ford moments.

      • AboveTheCity

        Actually the goal posts have moved a lot further than that. Remember, the media were being called “Pathological liars”, by Rob Ford a year ago for suggesting that the Mayor had a drinking problem. Doug Ford going even further saying, “Rob never drinks”! So in about a year we’ve gone from that, to the Mayor admitting he’s been so drunk on occasion, he’s not even known what’s going on, what he’s called a, “drunken stupor”. Bizarrely, both the Fords and Ford supporters can’t see the massive credibility issue with all this.

        • Notcleverguy

          Good point, also let’s not forget that good family friend and convicted prostitute Elaina Basso called him a f**king idiot, in police investigation documents.
          So our mayor is someone hookers who are also friends call an idiot. This can only end well.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        I hope it doesn’t take a fatality to end his debauchery.

        • atorontoguy

          My guesses for Ford:

          1. victim of some drive-by.

          2. drunk driving crash
          3. overdose

          We could start a pool.

      • poniesinjudah

        Yes,from I can do whatever I want in my office to what? I can do whatever I want, naked in Nathan Phillips Square?

      • Punned_It

        I truly hope he is emboldened. The investigation is not over and the bolder he gets the more likely he will get caught with evidence.

  • Canadianskeezix

    It’s the office of his employer. His employer is the citizens of Toronto. His employer wants to know what he was doing in his office at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.

    • ACMEsalesrep

      And why two people present (Jonathan Goldsbie and Don Dale) reported a smell in the City Hall rotunda consistent with that of crack smoke.

  • Graeme

    Are they stupid, or are they just not “the right” questions again?

  • OgtheDim

    Hedonist man child.

    Anyways, I thought he was a family man.

    • dsmithhfx

      One can only face so much fear and loathing.

      • Jacob

        However, one can personally generate a seemingly infinite amount of fear and loathing.

      • TheSotSays

        Fear and loathing ?????

        Well you can mouth the words till the cows come home but your greatest work will likely be something that reads, “VOTE SCHMEDLAPP FOR DOG CATCHER.

        • dsmithhfx

          Protip: frantic, third-rate trolling can not obfuscate Rob’s public reputation as a boozer, crackhead, bully, and liar.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    Geez, can’t a guy do a little blow in the peace and quiet of his office?

    • JanMac

      Not if I’m paying for it. NO!

  • Notcleverguy

    Seriously, if you can’t do blow in your office and have your buddy threaten the lives of people that have something incriminating on you, what the hell is the point of being mayor?

  • Notcleverguy

    Watch the video, typical Ford, when asked the tough questions, run away like a guilty coward. What a pathetic tool.

  • Lutesuite

    Of course, a “stupid question” is often one to which the answer is so obvious there’s no reason to even ask it….

  • AboveTheCity

    Doug Ford was asked point blank on the Agenda by Steve Paiken, a number of weeks ago to categorically deny all of these, “stupid questions”, that keep getting asked Mayor Rob Ford, and himself. The normally verbose, Councillor Ford fell silent, and had no answer!

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      A speechless Doug Ford is a wondrous thing to behold.

    • JanMac

      Dougie is always saying that the media are all liars, but when Steve Paiken asked for an example, he had to go back about 6 years to the report of RoFo physically abusing one of his young football players. The media had witnesses on side, but the player denied the abuse happened. Wonder if he was paid off.

      • AboveTheCity

        Yes – Doug keeps saying that over and over and over – “The Media are all liars”. “They have no idea what they are talking about”. “It’a all a conspiracy” . . etc . . Then when the tables get turned, and he’s asked point blank, in the glare of the spot-light to deny it all . . . crickets. The other telling point, is that both Fords, but Doug in particular are all full of bluster threatening lawsuits against the media, but to date, they have NEVER followed through on this. Indeed, the only legal action started, was when Daniel Dale, filed AGAINST Rob Ford, and it was the Mayor that had to recant, change the story and apologize. Does it not get unnerving for the Fords standing on such shaky ground all the time??

        • Notcleverguy

          I think the thing about the Fords is, they will say/do anything to stay in power. They aren’t interested in actually serving the people of the city, but only in power. It would seem their entire self worth is tied to it, and without it they’re just a couple of regular jack-asses. Everything to date they have done is self serving, nothing more.

          • Punned_It

            It seems to run in the conservative blood. That could just as easily describe Harper.

  • realpigasus
    • Notcleverguy

      LOL!, That was funny.

  • wklis

    Alibis have to be arranged and stories gotten straight. Speeches have to be rehearsed.

  • Notcleverguy

    Notice he didn’t deny using drugs at all there, he just insulted people.

    • allisonjayne

      And I’m sure the only reason he felt confident saying “no not at all” when asked about drug use on Saturday is because he was either alone or he made sure there were no iphones present…..

  • JanMac

    Does anyone else ever go to their office late on a Saturday night with guests? I think it’s very odd, but maybe I’m out of touch. Regardless, public buildings aren’t to be used for late night entertaining, are they? Aren’t they places of work specifically and only?

    • AboveTheCity

      Constituent calls? Good heavens!

    • torontothegreat

      As an employee, never. As a business owner, yes.

  • OpportKnocks

    You have to think that with no financial or campaign support outside of “the family” he knows it is over and does not give a s**t anymore.

    • AboveTheCity

      The actions, the behavior, etc . . certainly has that feel to it. They seem to know that whatever they do is only going to appeal to and resonate with the most extreme of Ford supporters and Ford Nation.

  • VictorianShuter

    That’s funny, I don’t recall him saying “I’m not fat, I’m big boned!” ;)

  • Budd Nada

    Any question asked of Ford without the aid of a polygraph is a stupid question.

  • Angie Mac

    Ford is exactly right. He knows it too. He can do whatever he want and his nation will still follow. It’s become almost a cult.

  • Kire Paputts

    Vote for The Rainbow Kid. Not Rob Ford.

  • Punned_It

    A stupid question indeed. The answer is obvious – yes.