Duly Quoted: Rob Ford's Former Chief of Staff Mark Towhey
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Duly Quoted: Rob Ford’s Former Chief of Staff Mark Towhey

One-time confidante keeping quiet, says conversations inside Ford's office must remain confidential.

“I don’t know if there’s a video.”

—The mayor’s former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, on whether there actually exists a video of Rob Ford smoking out of a crack pipe. It was Towhey’s first official interview, with Newstalk 1010’s Jim Richards, since the mayor fired him three months ago, reportedly after Towhey urged the mayor to seek help for substance abuse issues. (Many suspect Towhey has been an unnamed source in several media stories about those substance issues, though this hasn’t been verified.) As for his former boss’s performance in the tumultuous time since he left, Towhey said, “I think in the last few months he’s been doing pretty well.”