Rob Ford votes against congratulating Olympic athletes, then asks for re-vote

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 03, 2014 - 1:18 PM |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the late Nelson Mandela, are shown in combination photos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Denis Farrell

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the late Nelson Mandela, are shown in combination photos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Denis Farrell

Toronto's mayor says he pushed the wrong button

TORONTO - Rob Ford had an oops moment Wednesday when he voted against city council motions on naming a Toronto street in honour of Nelson Mandela and congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The controversial Toronto mayor — who was the only one to vote against the motions — later claimed he hit the wrong voting button in both cases and asked for a re-vote.

"I guess I pushed the wrong button," Ford said.

"Of course I support Nelson Mandela — I was the one who wished him a happy birthday ... and the Olympic athletes, of course I do," he said.

The council meeting briefly debated Ford's call but then moved on to other business and no re-vote was held before council adjourned for the evening.

Ford, who is running for re-election, has been embroiled in a number of scandals over the past year which have made him something of an international celebrity.

He has admitted to smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor, made profane remarks on live television and has been filmed ranting incoherently in a Jamaican accent.

The mayor is also the subject of an ongoing police investigation during which he was photographed urinating in public.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, meanwhile, offered a tongue-in-cheek opinion on the Ford saga Wednesday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Clinton joked that Ford has ”absolutely destroyed every stereotype people have about Canadians.”

”You know, the Canadians are upbeat, optimistic, can-do, they are embracing, they are inclusive. Everything I ever believed about Canadians, ol’ Rob has proved (that) stereotypes are not good.”

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