Toronto mayor considering rehabilitation, lawyer says
TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford is considering entering a rehab program, his lawyer said on Friday, in the first indication that the mayor might bow to heavy pressure to seek help — if not step aside — after he admitted to smoking crack and a video surfaced of him ranting and threatening to kill someone.
Dennis Morris told The Associated Press on Friday that Ford is “considering his options” and treatment is “one of them.” But he said “it’s best we hear from his lips.”
He said the mayor needs to say what he plans to do himself because “when you go left, he goes right.”
Ford has apologized for his bad behavior but his refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated his opponents and allies on Toronto’s City Council, which has no legal way to force him out unless he is convicted of a crime.
In another sign of Ford’s growing isolation, the mayor’s radio show was taken off the air.