Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants you to get back to work

The politician admits to smoking crack cocaine, but plans to run for reelection

By Prachi Gupta

Published November 5, 2013 10:05PM (EST)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the politico with a terrible photographer, a terrible tie and, oops, a terrible habit of smoking crack cocaine (but only in "a drunken stupor"), is having a terrible day. But that's not going to stop Mayor Rob Ford because Mayor Rob Ford was "elected to do a job and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing."

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but … am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago," Ford said in a press conference Tuesday morning, months after Gawker claimed to have seen footage of the mayor smoking crack. By Tuesday afternoon, Rob Ford wanted people to get over that news already, because, come on, people. "For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immediately,” said Ford, who announced plans to run for reelection.

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But if Twitter is any indication, it's not that easy to move on:

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First, there's the 15-year-old NFL tie Rob Ford decided to wear at his press conference:

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Which you can now buy on eBay:

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There's also the whole question of how extensive and real his drug problem is:

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And it doesn't help that his press conference is a spectacle in and of itself:

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But if the mayor isn't reelected, it's good to know that he's still got some other options:

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Best of luck to you, Rob Ford!

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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