Rob Ford emerged today from a two month time-out after spending most of that time in a rehabilitation facility for addiction.
His brother and campaign manager, Doug Ford, claim that Rob is a new man, looking slimmer and healthier.
In April, the controversy around Rob came to light when headlines started to surface around an audio tape recording of Rob swearing and making racist and sexist comments.
Around that same time, the Globe and Mail reported on a video they had of him apparently smoking what looked like crack cocaine.
Doug Ford announced that his brother was going to run in the Mayoral elections in four months’ time and feels confident that this will be sufficient time for people to see that Rob has changed.
Ford feels optimistic that people are willing to give second chances and he cited a recent poll of Torontonians which showed Ford currently holding second place with 27%, against Olivia Chow with 34% of the votes.
On the opposite end of Ford’s optimism, Robin Sears, a principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, dismissed the results as baloney and said that he thinks that Fords’ chances are poor to him being non-existent in the last few months.
Sears went on to say that Canadians might be forgiving of the political elite but if Ford wants any chance, he will need to apologise sincerely and show a credible change in behaviour.