Mayor Rob Ford in his City Hall office on Wednesday night watching coverage of the latest police documents about him (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)
Talk about the road not taken.
Mayor Rob Ford has repeatedly refused to get help or resign in the wake of his crack cocaine scandal.
But it is worth remembering Ford’s staff laid out a way for him to exit – temporarily or even permanently back in May.
In his interview with Toronto Police released as part of the now infamous ITO, Ford’s former press secretary George Christopoulos confirmed staff laid out three possible statements for Ford to make in response to the initial public reports of him being caught on video smoking crack cocaine.
Christopoulos told police that the mayor’s chief of staff Mark Towhey was fired in May after writing three statements for the mayor.
“One stated something along the lines of: effective immediately I will be taking a leave of absence to take care of my personal issues. At this time I ask the media to please respect my family and so forth. I will be returning August or September and looking forward to taking care of city business,” the document states.
The second statement stated Ford was going to resign as mayor.
“And the last was going to state that ‘I do not do this, I do not do this, I do not do this,” the document states.
“The mayor decided to say something completely off the mark. He said ‘I do not do crack cocaine, I do not do this and the (Toronto Star) sucks.”
Christopoulos’ interview went on to reveal that mayor’s office staff “figured” Ford had an “issue with something, both alcohol or prescription pills, and that he needed to straighten himself out for his family.”
“They wanted to give him an option to do that,” the document stated. “The mayor was in deep denial.”
Ford continues to maintain he is not addicted to alcohol or drugs and does not need to take a leave or resign.