A fired aide to Toronto's scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford is releasing a "tell-all" memoir about his former boss... days before the city's mayoral election. Mark Towhey was Ford's chief of staff before he reportedly recommended that the drug and alcohol using mayor "get help."
Towhey was fired a week after the crack smoking scandal blew up because he had the audacity to suggest the mayor needed to go to rehab. According to the CBC:
There's nothing more I can do for you," the source quoted Towhey telling Ford. The chief of staff then told Ford to "go away and get help."
The publicity materials for Uncontrollable: My Life with Rob Ford (also referred to by the less titillating title Mayor Rob Ford: Behind the Scenes), however, say that this is not a book from a man who wants to get paid for spiting an old boss. “It’s an unparalleled tell-all,” the book's press materials read. “And perhaps what’s most amazing is that Towhey bears no ill will toward the mayor. This is not the account of a man eager to get revenge. It’s simply an up-close look at the mayor — and what goes on behind the scenes.”
At the same time, the subtitle of the book is "My Attempt to Help the Belligerent Mayor" and depicts him as a man who throws candy at children and "rants and raves, and gets belligerent." Not that that isn't a fair characterization — the potentially vindictive bit is the fact that the book will be released six days before Ford's stronger-than-expected chance of being re-elected.