Duly Quoted: David Soknacki, on Who Would Be a Better Mayor Than Rob Ford
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Duly Quoted: David Soknacki, on Who Would Be a Better Mayor Than Rob Ford

In his exit speech today, the former candidate said he will not be endorsing anyone in the mayoral race—least of all Ford.

“Anybody. If I had a cat it would make a better mayor than Rob Ford.”

—Former mayoral candidate David Soknacki, who dropped out of the race Tuesday night, at a press conference outside City Hall today. He said Ford has “traumatized our city,” adding, “I believe he has been a divisive force. Out on the doorsteps, issue one is transit, issue two is anybody but Ford.”

Soknacki revealed that his was a $400,000 campaign, a sum that included $300,000 of his own money. Donations increased in August, he said, but “not nearly enough to move forward.” (Previous mayoral campaigns, including those of Barbara Hall and George Smitherman, have cost around $2 million.) Though he’s formally withdrawn from the ballot, Soknacki is keeping his campaign website up at least until after the election; he implored candidates and City staff to look at his policy ideas “and use what they can.”

He also called Olivia Chow and John Tory “two very fine candidates” but said he will not be endorsing anyone. He did, however, add that he would “happy to consider” helping either one: “I’m not actively chasing a position. I also understand that the commissionership of the football league is open, and I’m not chasing that either.”