Yet another Rob Ford in a heap of trouble
Keeping track of all the politicians named Rob Ford is not as easy as it sounds. The American ones, in particular, have been especially active with scandals of their own.
Last May, you may recall, the first non-Toronto Rob Ford dropped a non-Toronto bombshell just as crack video allegations were making the Toronto mayor the subject of a global media glare.
That particular Rob Ford — South Carolina State Sen. Rob Ford — resigned amid an ethics investigation into the improper use of campaign funds.
Now, non-Toronto Fordwatchers in Pennsylvania advise that their Rob Ford — Towamencin Township manager Robert A. Ford — has been charged with DUI after failing a sobriety test.
The charge against Pennsylvania Rob Ford stems from a late-night arrest at a police checkpoint on Cowpath Lane in August. Officers detected alcohol on Ford's breath and observed his eyes were "red and watery," according to the police complaint.
Pennsylvania Rob Ford blew over — a toxicology report later revealed a blood-alcohol count of 0.111 per cent — and it appears his problems might blow over, as well.
Outside court, his lawyer noted he "has never been in trouble in his life" and therefore will be applying for the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition for first-time offenders.
So if Pennsylvania Rob Ford successfully completes mandatory alcohol and highway safety classes, pays a fine and court costs, he is likely to have the whole thing expunged from his record, according to the Montgomery News.
"Ford did have a few beers at the Phillies game ... and it got him over the legal limit," Pennsylvania Rob Ford's attorney, Gregory Gifford, told the paper.
"We have checkpoints because police are trying to curb anyone who drinks and drives, even if you're at a low level like my client was — it's just for safety reasons. So it is what it is."
Mitch Potter is the Toronto Star's Washington Bureau Chief, his third foreign posting after previous assignments to London and Jerusalem.