Rob Ford was a lowly city consular from Etobicoke West with a passion for politics and yelling.
He could charm the pants off of you with his killer smile.
His #1 party trick was his Fonzie impression.
He also coached high school football on the side.
He ran for Mayor and won with the promise to remove the “gravy train” from city hall.
Rob won the election with support from the suburbs and had a little dance to celebrate.
Ford didn’t feel it necessary to stop his coaching career.
Or his radio spots.
He would rely on his brother when his ideas weren’t angry or crazy enough.
He made friends with thee Prime Minister.
And that’s about the point where things started to fall apart.
In office, he struggled to find any gravy.
He and McGuinty didn’t see eye to eye on transit (or anybody else for that matter).
City Counsel turned on him, including the Right-leaning members.
This never really panned out.
He confused Mary Walsh for a violent assailant.
Turned out he was not the biggest fan of photographers in parks.
Ford proved to be an avid reader at the very least.
And many more blunders ensued…
Lastly, he wound up in court for a conflict of interest case. Ford allegedly used his staff to send out donation requests for his football fund. He was found to have broken the City Counselor’s Code of Conduct, and then voted against repaying the amount as decreed. Rob voting in the case was believed to be a conflict of interest.
The judge found him guilty and now he’s no longer the Mayor of Toronto.
And there was much rejoicing.