Mayor Rob Ford (Open Rob Ford ’s policard) has ended his re-election bid but his brother, Councillor Doug Ford (Open Doug Ford ’s policard) , is replacing him in the Toronto mayoral race. Doug Ford is his brother.
The Fords made the surprise move Friday before the 2 p.m. deadline for candidates to add or remove their names from the ballot for the Oct. 27 vote.
Rob Ford’s withdrawal came just before 1 p.m. After some problems with paperwork, Doug Ford was confirmed as mayoral candidate after 1 p.m.
Rob Ford is now candidate for Ward 2 Etobicoke North, the seat he held from 2000 until 2010. It is expected that the Fords’ nephew, Michael Ford, will withdraw as a council candidate in that ward.
Rob Ford was polling, after a chaotic, scandal-filled term, in second place, behind John Tory but ahead of Olivia Chow, when stomach pain sent him to the hospital Wednesday.
The head of his health-care team at Mount Sinai Hospital told reporters Thursday that Ford has a “fair size” mass in his abdomen.
Ford was diagnosed with a tumour at Humber River Regional Hospital and was moved Thursday, a day after news of his condition broke, to Mount Sinai Hospital for more followups and treatment. Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai and the lead physician on the mayor’s clinical team, said Thursday night that the team is in a ‘holding pattern’ pending the results of a biopsy. Getting the results could take up to one week, and Cohen said it remains unclear how long Ford will remain in hospital.