Isaac Ransom is back in the City Hall fish bowl but now he’s working for Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.
Ransom worked in communications for Mayor Rob Ford until the crack scandal broke last year. He resigned on May 27 with press secretary George Christopoulos.
When police documents came out featuring details provided by Ransom, Ford publicly promised to sue him, Christopoulos and former chief of staff Mark Towhey. He has never followed through on that lawsuit.
Ransom will be working as Kelly’s Director of Communications and Media Relations. He starts on Jan. 29.
“I am pleased to welcome Isaac to my office and my team,” Kelly said in a statement sent out late Friday. “Isaac brings a wealth of knowledge in communication practices and media experience from his time at City Hall.”
It should be interesting to see how Ransom interacts with the Fords here at City Hall.
Here’s an e-mail he sent about Councillor Doug Ford during his tenure in the mayor’s office that came out this week due to a freedom of information request:
Here’s Ransom’s letter to the City Hall press gallery today:
January 24, 2014
Dear Members of the Toronto Press Gallery:
It is with reservation and some sadness that I have made the difficult decision to leave the Office of Councillor Peter Leon. I have made this decision with a heavy heart and I will always cherish my time in his office. However, there is comfort knowing that my support and advice will still be readily available to Councillor Leon through my new role as Director of Communications and Media Relations to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.
Over the past three months, Councillor Leon has had great faith in my abilities to help set up a new office and lead his staff. I would like to thank Councillor Leon for his confidence and the opportunity to serve his office.
Councillor Leon has and continues to thoroughly impress with his commitment to public service and the people of Ward 3. Councillor Leon’s tireless work ethic and willingness to transcend party lines to make good decisions for all Torontonians is truly refreshing at City Hall.
As of January 29, 2014, I will begin my new role in a full time capacity. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Office of the Deputy Mayor. Mr. Brian Johnson, will assume the role of Executive Assistant to Councillor Peter Leon upon my departure.
In the coming weeks and months I look forward to working with each of you.