You have to give her this: she’s a woman of principle. Precisely what principle is unclear, but Nunziata had nothing to gain today from supporting Ford, and she did it nonetheless. While the rest of council—including Ford’s former allies—turned against the mayor, Frances Nunziata voted with him. It was a fruitless gesture: she, and the Fords, lost, and the Mayor was neutered.
City Council voted today to
- Gut Rob Ford’s office. Councillors voted to take most of the money that went to the Mayor and send it to the Deputy Mayor instead.
- Offer jobs in other departments to the Mayor’s staff
- Give the Deputy Mayor many of the Mayor’s responsibilities
In the final votes of a very long, emotional—and undignified—session, few people stood by Ford. The closest Ford came to victory was a thrashing: a 32 to 9 vote. On every other vote, he was even more completely destroyed. Only his brother, Frances Nunziata, and Vincent Crisanti stood with him to the last. Giorgio Mammoliti was absent on principle, saying that the vote was illegal.
Nunziata said of the motions, “None of this makes any sense at all. This is very vicious, personal.” That said, her votes today were surprising. Last week, she voted to strip the mayor of some of his powers and to chastise him.