Embattled Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, arranged a grand party to officially kick start his mayoral reelection campaign, which starred band performances, bag pipers and a red carpet on Thursday night. The crowd of almost more than 2,000 supporters greeted the mayor, who gave a pretty clear and straightforward message that he will not give up his seat despite any controversy and criticism.
Mr. Ford addressed the audience gathered at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke soon after making an elaborate entry via the red carpet crowded with sign-wielding volunteers and supporters at around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Ford started his address, saying “thank you, Ford Nation. This is absolutely amazing. But this is just the beginning.” Previously during the half-hour speech, the mayor discussed his highly scandalized personal problems, suggesting the loss of many mayoral powers following his admission that smoking crack cocaine was among his recent “rocky moments.”