A week after Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to hospital, and one day after it was announced he is suffering from cancer, an audio recording has been released.
The exhausted sounding Ford thanked the people of Toronto, along with staff at both hospitals — noting that he’s “humbled” by the kindness and support — just hours before starting chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer that forced him out of the mayoral race.
Ford says he is “determined to face this head on”, noting he will return “strong.” The mayor then asked that people standing behind him, to put their support behind his brother Doug, now running for the mayor’s office.
In the recording, Ford says “Doug loves our city as much as I do. He’s prepared to tackle the issues head on.” Ford then encouraged his brother to jump into the race “wholeheartedly”, right now.
Listen to the audio below:
Doug Ford is set to begin campaigning for mayor today. Ford made the announcement to reporters after the mayor released the audio statement, encouraging his brother Doug to jump in.
“What makes Rob feel better is me out there campaigning,” Doug Ford told reporters while outside Mount Sinai Hospital, where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
“I am going to go up there to his hospital room right now and he is going to give me heck for going in there and not going out door knocking. He wants me to focus on this election and we our ready to go. We already have a solid team from what Rob has built and we are just looking forward to starting this campaign and getting out there.”
Doug Ford noted that he would approach the campaign lightly, and the soft launch of his campaign officially started with the introduction of a website, dougford.ca.
The web page uses the original Ford for Mayor banner that was in use during the 2010 election campaign, and until recently, the 2014 attempt by Rob Ford.Links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account are also available for residents to browse.
A full launch of Doug Ford’s campaign has yet to be announced. “I just want to get out and meet the people. I am enthused about it,” he said Thursday.
Do you think this is a put on? Is this part of Rob and Doug’s campaign plan to win the sympathy vote? Why isn’t he focusing on his health? What was the need to release a public statement while in hospital dealing with cancer? Is he stubborn or is it just part of who he is?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –