Consultations lead Tory to reconsider mayoral run
After a week off and a holiday weekend of deep thought and consultation about jumping into the race, Tory has now soured on the idea, says one of the many people he is consulting.
"He is now leaning strongly toward no," after previously being keen to enter the race, said the source. News of Tory's change of heart was also echoing around Queen's Park, his former stomping ground as Progressive Conservative leader.
With two commissioned polls in hand showing he would be a formidable opponent to frontrunners Rob Ford and George Smitherman, but hardly a lock for the top job, the 1010 talk show host and chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance had been leaning strongly toward joining the race, much to the delight of his legions of supporters.
But the source said his enthusiasm has waned, apparently after hearing sobering advice that he should have announced and started organizing earlier, the reality that most of his advisers are committed to other candidates and won't defect, and that Ford won't drop out under any circumstances. In fact, Ford, a past ardent Tory supporter who entered the race only after Tory said in January he was staying out, has been signaling that his old friend would be in for a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle battle.Tory is also aware of the haunting prospect of coming up short yet again, after losing a provincial byelection last year that forced him to resign the PC leadership. Tory ran for mayor in 2003, losing to Mayor David Miller.
"And people were obviously going to say he broke his word (to stay out of the race), which is something he would hate," the source said.
He hadn't closed the door completely but don't be surprised if Tory re-announces his commitment to life as a political spectator this week.