Rob Ford apologizes for public drunkenness, but won’t step down

Vowing to stay in office and to run in the next election, Mayor Rob Ford apologized Sunday for past public drunkenness and promised to “make changes” in his life — but declined to offer any explanation for the bombshell drug-related revelations that threaten his career.
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Ford, facing intense pressure to resign or take a leave of absence, said he will instead “ride the storm out” as he called on Toronto’s police chief to release the video at the heart of the scandal that has engulfed his mayoralty.
He acknowledged for the first time that he was “hammered” at the Taste of the Danforth street festival in August — “pure stupidity,” he said — and “a little out of control” on St. Patrick’s Day in March of last year, when he was “running around city hall with a half-empty bottle of brandy.”
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“There’s no one to blame but myself, and I take full responsibility for it,” Ford said on his radio show on Newstalk 1010.
“Friends, I am the first one to admit, I am not perfect,” he said. “I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes, and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes. I sincerely, sincerely apologize.”
Ford, who offered to meet Toronto media anywhere as long as they stayed away from his home, began his opening statement by calling for Police Chief Bill Blair to release the video that appears to show him smoking crack cocaine. When a caller to the show later asked Ford what drugs he has smoked from a glass pipe, regardless of what is in the video, Ford dodged, saying he could not comment on a video he has “not seen.”
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“I want the police chief, Bill Blair, to release this video, for every single person in the city to see. That is the right thing to do,” Ford said. “And chief, I’m asking you to release this video now. Whatever this video shows, whatever this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see it, and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video.”
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