Mayor Ford deserves credit for “playing hooky” from council meeting
The legions of Rob Ford haters are in high dudgeon today over his admission on radio that he’ll be at a day-long extravaganza of high school football bowl games on Nov. 27, instead of presiding over a city council meeting.
Reader comments posted to a story on thestar.com about his on-air statement that he’ll be “playing hooky from city hall” to attend five football games that conflict with the council meeting are howling with outrage, from the usual pinko suspects.
Our poor mayor cannot win, no matter how hard he follows his heart and tries to do the right thing.
Everyone knows Ford is committed to a sideline career as Head Coach of the Don Bosco high school football team, and that his interest in kids rivals his passion for providing a steady hand on the tiller of government.
He has made it clear that football will not play backup to his doot-doot-duties as chief magistrate, and huzzah to the mayor for keeping his priorities straight.
It seems to me that the bike riders who live for the pleasure of hee-hawing at Ford’s tiny missteps are using this as nothing more than another opportunity to boot him through their foul goal posts.
Here’s a question for the chatterers: Where do you think he would be more effective, at city council or with teenagers at an all-day buffet of football?
If the answer is football – and I’ll bet it is – then why are you hooting about it?
With capable lieutenants such as Frances Nunziata and George Mammoliti to sub for him, city council is in excellent hands.
It’s not as if the ship will sink if the mayor bails out on a single day of the mindless hogwash and insolence towards his agenda that passes for a council meeting.
And don't forget that it is an opportunity for the mayor - who prefers to be out among the people - to fly his flag at a high-profile public event.
My only regret is that Ford backtracked on his remarks, after Nunziata showed politically correct weakness and returned to the subject later in the radio program, saying: “But I knew it was a joke.”
No it wasn’t, and Ford should have stuck to his guns. Any objective observer can see he’s in it for the kids, and not for the illusion of glory that comes from wearing the chain of office and drives preening lefties (are you listening, Vaughan?) to seek his job.
I’m okay with the mayor doing an end-run around council. He’s working so hard at both jobs that he deserves a break.