EDITOR’S NOTE: Video contains a lot of swear words. You’ve been warned.
Ah, councillor Rob Ford never fails to amaze.
We’ve heard a lot about his run in with the law recently, and a variety of other antics. But a video on YouTube (originally found on Toronto Life’s city hall blog by Philip Preville) highlights his interpersonal skills in a close-up manner.
The video shows city hall reporters scrumming councillor Case Ootes after what appears to be an in-camera vote (I’m unsure of the specific vote). The journalists tell him they know how he voted because Rob Ford told them. Ootes tells the scrum that he hasn’t told Ford how he voted. Journalists call Ford out on this who is hovering in the background.
All hell breaks loose when the Globe and Mail columnist John Barber allegedly says something derogatory, though you never hear it on this video. Coming to Ford’s defense, oddly enough, is councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who Ford once called Gino Boy.
And then Ford goes on the offensive.
While Ford may have a right to be offended by Barber’s comments if they were indeed made, his actions thereafter seem like a scene out of a low-budget afternoon special on how to avoid the abuse of the high school bully and his sidekick.
The incident is not an accurate depiction on the culture of the current city council, though it certainly demonstrates that a few councillors do not have the best conflict management skills.
I’ll leave the rest of the commentary up to our readers. And I promise to post a video in the future of a city councillor who makes a fabulously rousing speech just to counter the hostility of this clip, even one by Rob Ford. If you’ve got a suggestion, send us the clip link, or paste it in the comments below.