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Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launches re-election bid

Published on Apr 18, 2014 6:26 PM
 
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre) speaks at his campaign launch party in Toronto on April 17, 2014. Mr Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO (AFP) - Toronto's scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election.

Mr Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada's largest city on Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by him.

"I soldier on day in, day out because of you people," said Mr Ford said, flanked by his family and volunteers waving "Ford for Mayor" signs, the Toronto Star reported. "I have experienced how none of us can go through our life without making mistakes. I've learned humility, kindness of people and the spirit of second chances. I owe the people a great debt of gratitude," he added.

The Mayor, mired in scandal for months after being accused of unseemly behavior during a series of drunken rampages, was stripped of most of his powers.

 
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