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Ford can't promise no relapse, but 'trust me'

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 04, 2014 - 11:05 AM |
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says if he's re-elected he can't promise he won't relapse, so people will just have to trust him.

Ford, who returned this week from two months in rehab, said in an interview on radio station Newstalk 1010 today that even though his private life was a "disaster," his public life was "fantastic."

The embattled mayor insists that returning to lead Canada's largest city and run for re-election won't compromise his recovery, saying the worst thing for him would be to sit at home and do nothing.

Ford was asked how voters who are considering voting for him on Oct. 27 can be sure he won't fall off the wagon, and he said he isn't going to make promises about something he has no control over.

A small group of people inspired by a shirtless jogger who confronted Ford at a Canada Day event gathered outside the radio studios — many of them shirtless themselves — calling for Ford to answer people's questions.

Since his return from rehab Ford has given three interviews — two to television stations plus today's radio interview — but has refused to take questions from city hall journalists at large about the circumstances surrounding his alcohol and drug use, the company he kept and offensive remarks he has made.

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