Did Mayor Rob Ford’s office get punk’d late last year?
Short answer: Maybe. Here’s what we know.
Ford often recites his home phone number on the radio and repeats his promise to call everyone back that calls him – a routine he worked out as a city councillor for 10 years that he has maintained as mayor. Just last Friday he was on the radio during the snowstorm urging residents to call him at home if they have a snow emergency (story here).
But late last year, Councillor Adam Vaughan told the Sun sometimes that customer service approach is Ford’s biggest problem.
During an interview about the mayor’s two year election anniversary back in October, Vaughan was arguing one of Ford’s biggest problems is he says “no” to every council proposal and “yes” to every resident.
“There is a resident (in my ward) who as a spoof said, ‘You know it is my wedding anniversary next month, can you fix the alley behind my house?’ They fixed it,” Vaughan said.
“(The alley) had been fixed a couple of years earlier … he wrote an email as a joke (to the mayor’s office) and got it fixed.
“It is this constant reordering of priorities has staff chasing everybody all over the place.”
Vaughan wouldn’t reveal the name of the constituent or the location of the alley.
Ford’s office refused to respond to several media requests asking about the incident.
The moral of the story (if it actually happened)? Be careful what you wish for – whether you’re serious or not – from the mayor’s office.