Fresh off the second documented instance of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford using crack cocaine — and while in the midst of a stint in rehab for alcoholism — Ford has vowed to come back and "kick butt" in the coming election.
"I feel great," he said in an interview with the Toronto Sun. "Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to as a kid." The Sun gleefully splashed those words on its front page this morning.
When we last heard from Rob Ford's Never-Ending Saga, the mayor announced he had entered rehab for alcoholism in a somber statement to the press. "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time," the statement read. "I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100 percent committed to getting myself right."
Now a week into rehab, Ford said it was the best decision he'd ever made, according to the Sun. "At first, I was mad. I was mad at myself and saying, 'Why me?'" he said. "But then I realized it could have been a whole lot worse." Rehab has been good for his drinking and his anger, he added. "I am working out every day and I am learning about myself, my past and things like that."
Still, his talk with the Sun had plenty of campaign rally rhetoric, and Ford said he remains dead set on winning reelection come October. "Of course, I am coming back and I am going to kick butt," he said.
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