Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Seen a Ford lately?

It was a quiet day in Canada’s biggest city. There were no new videos of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack.
In fact, there were no videos of Ford at all. No one in the public knew where the mayor was after he declared he would go into rehab after a new crack-smoking video surfaced last week.
So where in the world is Ford?
It is unlikely he is in the US. Media, including the Toronto Globe and Mail, reported the mayor apparently had flown to Chicago in one of the family’s jets.
But he never entered the country.
Officials in Chicago immigration said there was no record of Ford being denied entry to the US. People with known histories of drug use can be denied entry.
Ford apparently was not a big enough deal in the Windy City to merit more than a columnist’s attention. “Seen a Ford lately,” said Michael Sneed, in a snarky reference to the man whose family owns a business in nearby Wood Dale. The Chicago Tribune relied on agencies for its coverage of the non-visit.
“He voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the USA,” Chicago’s Canadian Consul General, Roy Norton, said. Ford “was not denied entry per se,” Norton told the Globe and Mail in an email.
Ford was allowed in two months ago to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel show in Los Angeles. However, barely a month later, celebrity British chef Nigella Lawson was not allowed to board a US-bound flight because of her admission of cocaine consumption.
It was not clear why Ford would have flown to Chicago, when it was only a 60-mile flight to Buffalo, or 99-mile drive.
“The bottom line is he’s in rehab, he’s getting rehab and he’ll be there for a number of weeks – and that’s the answer. It’s not like he’s at a baseball game in Los Angeles or something,” said Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris.
Nor was Ford at a Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game, because they didn’t make the playoffs.
Ford’s brother, Toronto council member Doug Ford, refused to say where his brother was but said he was fine.
“He’s doing great. Everybody’s concerned that he’s in rehab. He’s in rehab, he’s doing good, that’s all that matters,” Ford told journalists, the Toronto Star reported before Tuesday’s council meeting.
He said his brother was working out and doing well. “He’s into the program…He tells me is going to come back a few pounds lighter so that’s good.” It wasn't known if he had any music from the late Amy Winehouse along on his MP3 player.
No worries about his re-election campaign. The vote isn't until Oct. 27.
Best bet for a Ford sighting? Keep an eye out on YouTube.
Toronto Globe and Mail
Toronto Star
Chicago Sun-Times

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