Rob Ford Addresses Staff Resignations, Apologizes for Calling Media "Maggots"
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Rob Ford Addresses Staff Resignations, Apologizes for Calling Media “Maggots”

Mayor wishes departing staffers well, sayings that it is still "business as usual" at City Hall.

Rob Ford addressing allegations he was caught on video smoking crack on Friday.

Shortly after news broke that two of the mayor’s senior staffers—press secretary George Christopoulos and deputy press secretary Isaac Ransom—had resigned from his office, Mayor Rob Ford emerged from his office to speak to reporters briefly.

The full transcript of his remarks:

I’m sure you understand this has been a very stressful week for myself and my family, but that doesn’t justify using the terminology I did to describe the media, so I sincerely apologize to each and every one of you. I understand you have a job to do. It’s been bothering me a lot: I know we agree and disagree on some issues, most of the time, some of the time, but you have to move on.

Secondly, I want to inform you that George Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom have decided to go into a different avenue, or down a different avenue. I was informed about this at approximately 12 o’clock noon today. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours and I want to thank them for working hard in this office.

And that’s it, it’s business as usual. We have our executive committee meeting tomorrow, and we’re just soldiering on. There’s going to be one minor move that I’m making: I’m bringing in Amin Massoudi, Doug’s executive assistant, and he’s going to be communications director moving in my office as of today.

And then, in response to reporters asking why the two staffers had resigned (reports indicate they did so in response to Ford’s speech on Friday, “on principle”):

I don’t want to get into personnel issues—I never get into personnel issues as you know—that’s better for them to answer that. I just want to thank them for their work.

I’ve always told everyone that worked for me, be it at Deco—I should say that worked with me—be it at Deco or be it at City Hall: if an opportunity comes up, go. Please, take advantage of it. It’s a huge stepping stone [here]. As you can see I have a young staff. But I’m not going to hold anyone back from moving on for future endeavours or occupations that they may have.

As he prepared to leave reporters kept shouting questions at Ford, including one about reports that homicide officers had interviewed a senior member of his office in connection with the video that allegedgly shows the mayor smoking crack. His reply: “Everything’s fine. I have no idea what the police are investigating. It would be best to talk to the police about that.”

Ford then left without taking any further questions, citing a 3:30 p.m. meeting.