Rob Ford, the crack-smoking mayor whose crazy antics caused a stir in Toronto earlier this year, has a lot to celebrate this week.
For one, his behavior — including the drugs, alcohol, and bizarre rants about oral sex — hasn’t ruined his career in politics. In fact, Ford won a city council race Monday, picking up more than five times the votes of his closest competitors, according to Buzzfeed.
But the Chris Farley doppelgänger, who we so easily chuckled at for dancing in church and tackling people in council meetings, looked a tad bit different due to his recent cancer diagnosis. The disgraced mayor decided not to run for re-election as mayor this year after it was discovered he had malignant liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. On Monday, he addressed a crowd after his win with a bald head — an indication he has been undergoing chemotherapy to treat his cancer.
The cancer, doctors said, spread from the fatty tissue of Ford’s abdomen to other parts of his body.
He tapped his campaign manager and brother, Doug, to run for mayor in his place.
On Monday night, Rob Ford won the Ward 2 city council seat, with 58.9% of the votes.
His brother lost the mayoral race to John Tory.
But if we know anything about Ford, it’s that he doesn’t give up. Cancer may not stand a chance.
This past spring, after a local newspaper reported on a new video that allegedly showed him smoking crack cocaine, Ford relented on one front: by going into rehab.
He returned to work in late June after a two-month rehab stint, saying he was “ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated” by some of his past actions.
But he refused to resign or refrain from campaigning, saying to the voters of Toronto, “I look forward to serving you for many, many more years.”
Ford’s term ends December 1. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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