Saturday, February 01, 2014

'I married a loser!'

'I'm not giving up the blow'

Ford's wife confided her husband was 'not giving up the blow' shortly after he became Toronto Mayor, book says

Natalie Alboba
@nataliealcoba
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Renata Ford allegedly said her husband was "not giving up the blow" after he became mayor of Toronto. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Shortly after he was elected mayor, Rob Ford’s wife sought to curb her husband’s partying, confiding in a man that he is “not giving up the blow,” according to a new book chronicling the life of the infamous Chief Magistrate.

The details are contained in Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, written by Robyn Doolittle, one of two Toronto Star reporters to view a video apparently showing the mayor smoking a crack pipe. The book will be released Monday.

“He still thinks he’s going to party,” Renata Ford allegedly tells a man identified only as “John” in a Tim Hortons parking lot outside Etobicoke.
“He thinks that he, oh, you know, ‘I’ll get off the pills, but I’m not giving up the blow.’” She worried it could “ruin” his life.

Ms. Doolittle heard the conversation between Renata Ford and “John” on a recording. According to the book, Renata Ford didn’t know her conversation was being recorded.

This confidant told Renata Ford about ““methadone, withdrawal symptoms and clinics that will be discreet,” Crazy Town states.

Mayor Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, told the Star the conversation never happened. Mr. Morris did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post. Mayor Ford’s office also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post.

On Friday night and early Saturday morning, Mayor Ford made news across the country in Vancouver when he was reportedly arrested for jaywalking. He has denied claims of public intoxication.

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