Rob Ford: "I Have No Reason to Resign"
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Rob Ford: “I Have No Reason to Resign”

Mayor refuses to address drug allegations in detail, says he's getting back to work.

In a press scrum that lasted one minute and 11 seconds, Rob Ford came out of his office to address a throng of reporters regarding this morning’s revelation that he has been the target of a police investigation for several months. That investigation was launched in the wake of two publications, Gawker and the Toronto Star, reporting that a video was circulating showing the mayor smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine. We cannot transcribe the scrum in full—it was too loud to hear everything clearly—but here are the remarks we can clearly decipher:

I think everyone’s seen these allegations against me today. I wish I could come and defend myself. Unfortunately, I can’t. It’s before the courts.

There were a few seconds of inaudible remarks and a lot of shouting by reporters, and then in response to a question:

I have no reason to resign. I’m going to go back, I’m going to return my phone calls, going be out doing what people elected me to do, and that’s saving taxpayers’ money and running a great government.

A few more words we couldn’t hear over the shouting, and then he returned to his office.