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Haunted by U.S. drug charge: Rob Ford’s no good, very bad week

In Canada on August 19, 2010 at 08:56

Haunted by U.S. drug charge: Rob Ford’s no good, very bad week

Peter J. Thompson/National Post

Peter J. Thompson/National Post

Mayoral candidate Rob Ford speaks to members of the media outside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday August 18, 2010

  August 19, 2010 – 7:28 am

Rob Ford is having one heck of a week. Fresh off the controversy over his remarks on immigration, the tough-on-crime mayoral candidate is waking up to address this story in the Toronto Sun:

One toke over the line can be a career-ender if the line in question is the U.S. border.

But not for mayoral candidate Rob Ford, who successfully beat a marijuana possession charge in Florida in 1999, even though he admits he was guilty as charged.

“They pulled me over,” Ford said. “I was with my wife. They found one joint in my back pocket.”

Perhaps this is Mr. Ford’s gift for pulling ahead in a recent poll. When first asked by the Sun about the incident, he denied having been charged, then claimed he had forgotten:

He put the incident so far behind him, he said he was caught off guard and adamantly denied having been charged when first approached by the Sun.

“No to answer your question,” Ford said.

“I’m dead serious. When I say no, I mean never. No question, Now I’m getting offended. No means no.”

But after Ford was provided with details from a Florida state criminal history record obtained by the Sun, he admitted the incident.

“You think I’m BSing you but I’m not. It completely, totally slipped my mind.”

“I completely forgot about it until you mentioned it right now,” he said.

Mr. Ford is scheduled to address the Sun story at a 9 a.m. news conference. But he already cancelled a planned appearance on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning — will the newser actually take place?

This is not the first time Mr. Ford has initially denied — or “forgotten” — unseemly incidents. Back in 2006, he denied accusations he was drunk and disorderly at an April 15 Maple Leafs game. Three days later Mr. Ford told the National Post:

“It’s hard to be thrown out of [a] hockey game when you weren’t even there.”

A few weeks later — after witnesses filed a complaint with the city — Mr. Ford admitted he attended the game, had too much to drink and shouted insults at other fans:

“I had one too many beers and I sincerely apologize. I’m only human, and I made a mistake. I don’t know what else I can say.”

That incident did not result in criminal charges.

This latest revelation may or may not affect Mr. Ford’s campaign. Experimenting with marijuana did not seem to affect the career of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Barack Obama took the issue one step further by admitting he did inhale and still went on to become president.

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