Rob Ford needs all the election opponents he can get
Nobody can deny the giving spirit of Mayor Rob Ford, so it is no surprise he has invited anyone and everyone to take join him in the 2014 election.
“The more the merrier,” Ford told reporters Monday, after city Councillor Karen Stintz, who has long been suspected of mayoral ambitions, confirmed she’ll take a run at Ford.
The mayor said he hopes Stintz is on the ballot come election day, along with anyone else who wants to be mayor.
Former city councillor David Soknacki also says he’s in, and others are likely to sign up, most notably MP and former city councillor Olivia Chow, whose polling numbers are encouraging enough to take the plunge.
Ford is a champion of democracy (remember how he fought for a by-election instead of an appointment to replace Doug Holyday?) and must be dee-lighted to be challenged by Soknacki and Stintz, neither of whom is likely to fire the imaginations of voters.
And he is surely licking his chops at the prospect of others jumping in. When he says the more the merrier, he isn’t kidding.
Ford Nation is unshakable in its support; even a pack of snarling attack dogs, on leashes held by a gang of hammer-wielding thugs, couldn’t keep them from the voting booth.
But he was elected last time with the support of a lot of fence sitters who have to be second-guessing themselves and are unlikely to give him another chance.
His polling numbers against a sole opponent - Chow, for instance - suggest he’d be in a dogfight, but in a multi-way race that splits the votes of the fence sitters, his base is quite likely enough to re-elect
Any scenario with three or more credible opponents favours Ford, and it will almost certainly be the case. There are too many heroes who cannot resist trying to save the city from him.
Ford comes up the middle of a crowded field, like a power-running fullback chugging across the goal line.
Every time another candidate jumps in, it is even more likely we will be assured of four more years of The Greatest Show on Earth.