Toronto 'crack mayor' Rob Ford files for re-election
OTTAWA (AFP) - Toronto's larger-than-life mayor, Rob Ford, who was stripped of most of his powers in November after admitting he had smoked crack, launched his bid for re-election Thursday.
"Just filed my paperwork for the 2014 election. Vote on October 27th," Mr Ford said on Twitter, alongside a picture of himself, brother Councillor Doug Ford and a city official looking over documents.
Mr Ford has been mired in scandal since October, accused of unseemly behavior and sexual harassment during a series of drunken rampages in addition to his admitted crack use. He denies the most serious charges, and has always insisted he would seek a second term as mayor of Toronto, North America's fourth largest city and Canada's commercial and financial hub.
Mr Ford retains the title of mayor but, since a Toronto city council vote on November 18, the bulk of his powers and duties have been transferred to his deputy, Norm Kelly.