This is slightly old news.
Frances Nunziata, city councillor for Weston, has endorsed Rob Ford for mayor. She said at his campaign launch, “I know that Rob will make a great mayor. Council is out of control — spend, spend, spend”.
Ford is, to say the least, a controversial candidate. He is well known for two things: blustering and being ready to help his constituents. Despite his reputation, he is doing very well in the polls. He is now in 2nd place, after Smitherman.
Ford has been a rash on City Hall’s bum for many years and is greatly disliked by many councillors for his right-wing views and outspoken criticism of city spending. Generally speaking, Ford is extremely (if incoherently) socially and fiscally conservative. His platform includes reducing spending at City Hall by reducing the size and spending of council; improving “customer service”; eliminating the car and land transfer tax: and making the TTC an essential service.
Councillor Ford has said many preposterous things in the past that may yet come back to haunt him, and he has reserved unusual criticism for bicyclists, the homeless, and minorities.
“I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”
At Maple Leafs game in 2006: “Are you some kind of right-wing commie bastard? Do you want your little wife to go over to Iran and get raped and shot?”
“Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out … that’s why they’re successful in life. … I’m telling you, Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over, because there’s no excuses for them. They’re hard, hard workers.”
To homeless people: “Do you have a job, sir? I’ll give you a newspaper to find a job, like everyone else has to do between 9 and 5.” In 2005, Ford told a homeless protestor, “I’m working. Why don’t you get a job?”