Ford: Council members have same issues

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is suggesting that some members of the City Council who voted yesterday to take away most of his powers are no different from him.

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Ford said, "All they did was stab me in the back" over what he described as "the same issues that I've admitted to that they do, but nobody knows about it." Ford has suggested in the past that some council members are on drugs, but he wouldn't name them.

In the ABC interview, he again denied he has a serious problem with alcohol, though he said he's sometimes guilty of "binge drinking." He said he's getting help from "health care professionals on a number of issues."

The council yesterday voted overwhelmingly to slash the budget of Ford's office by 60 percent and allow the mayoral staff to join the deputy mayor. Ford now effectively has no legislative power, though he retains his title and the ability to represent Toronto at official functions.

He has rejected calls that he resign or take a leave of absence over his admitted crack cocaine use and heavy drinking.

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