Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in New Video Stumbling, Slurring Speech
The crack-smoking politician refused to confirm or deny he was drinking Saturday night while celebrating St. Patrick's Day at City Hall.
TORONTO -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been captured in yet another video where he stumbles and swears, this time outside City Hall late at night.
CTV News aired footage captured with an iPod by an unnamed mother and her 13-year-old son passing by in their car Saturday evening as Ford emerged onto Bay Street, in downtown Toronto, wearing a shamrock necklace and attempted to hail a cab.
"Mayor, I just want to tell you you're awesome," the mother calls out to Ford in the video.
The mayor then responds with garbled words, before yelling "You f---n' idiot" as he attempts to enter a cab.
Ford was evasive Sunday afternoon when confronted by a CBC News reporter while walking in Toronto's St. Patrick’s Day parade and asked whether he had been drinking the night before.
"Guys, it's St. Patrick's Day, all right? It's about St. Patrick's Day," said Ford, by now wearing a giant shiny-green bow tie.
"Give me a break, guys," the mayor added. "Are you serious? Were you drinking last night? You never drink, right? You guys don't drink."
Two years ago on St. Patrick's Day, Ford also drew flak for returning to City Hall late at night to party and was viewed "with a half-empty bottle of St-Remy French Brandy," according to what security staff wrote in an email that night.
Ford has become a global media sensation after admitting to abuse of illicit drugs, like crack cocaine, and excessive drinking leading to "drunken stupors."
He has appeared in earlier videos where he utters death threats, speaks in a faux Jamaican patois while in a north Toronto fast food restaurant, and most infamously inhales from a glass pipe in a smartphone videotape first brought to light by the U.S. gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star newspaper.
Ford is also in the midst of a bitterly fought re-election campaign ahead of an October 2014 ballot.