Adam Giambrone speaking at City Hall this morning. Photo by Miles Storey/Torontoist.
Adam Giambrone just made a very brief appearance at City Hall to address the recent revelations that he has been involved in numerous relationships with women besides his live-in partner. Giambrone spoke for approximately ninety seconds, apologizing to his partner, his fellow councillors, and his supporters for what he called “the worst mistake of my life” in a statement he made to the Star late last night [mp3]. Unable to finish reading his prepared remarks, Giambrone left the podium and staffer Kevin Beaulieu took over, announcing that “his mayoralty campaign ends today.”
The full text of today’s statement, including both the portions Giambrone delivered and sections which we were read out on his behalf, are after the jump. The Globe and Mail also has an audio recording available [mp3].
Thank you for coming today.
There are weeks that change your life, and this one has dramatically changed mine. This searing experience has taught me, I hope permanently, that a public career of integrity cannot survive deceit in your private life.
My mistakes have caused hurt to my partner Sarah, to my family, my friends and supporters. To them – and to the women I treated disrespectfully – in front of you, I humbly apologize.
I want to apologize as a councillor, to my fellow councillors, for the negative attention I have brought upon them and to this chamber.
I want to apologize also to the communities across this city and to the young people who believed in me. It is my sincere hope that they continue to believe in themselves and their own abilities to make positive change.
Finally, I deeply apologize to my partner Sarah. The pain she endured for my mistakes was deeply unfair to her. She has shown a lot of strength in all of this which has only deepened my respect and admiration for her.
[This is the point at which Giambrone himself broke off.]
I said at the beginning of this campaign that I would listen and lead. I know I will hear from many in the city, and I will reflect on their counsel with care.
I will spend the next few days in private. My mayoralty campaign ends today. Beginning next week I will return to my normal duties as a councillor.
I will focus with renewed energy on the transformation of the TTC and on building Transit City for the people of Toronto.
Thank you to all my friends and supporters who helped us through these painful days.