With the shocking news of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s hospital admittance and tumour in his abdomen, many are speculating the possibility of Ford withdrawing his name from the mayoralty ballot to focus on his health and recovery.
If Ford opts to focus on his health rather than the business of the city, the question then arises: What of the Ford Nation vote?
On the one hand, if Ford withdraws from the race, we could potentially see a head-to-head battle between John Tory and Olivia Chow, with Ford nations vote most likely swinging in Tory’s favour.
On the other, Ford Nation still has the potential of seeing a replacement in the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, who has until the 2pm deadline today to register his name on the ballot for the October 27 election.
While neither option is optimal for Ford Nation, the the latter alternative would appease Ford voters much more.
Recent weeks have seen Rob Ford’s campaign on the up-swing, with several polls showing his support among Torontonians growing, overtaking Olivia Chow for second-place.
With only six weeks left before the election day, brother Doug could potentially take the hand-off and rush in for a Ford Nation touchdown.
Doug Ford declined to comment Wednesday when asked by reports at hospital if he would step-in for a potential departure by his brother. Ford simply stated that the future of the campaign would be revealed shortly.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –