The Man Who Almost Became Toronto’s Crazy Mayor


Locutus
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#1
George Smitherman is supposed to be the mayor of Toronto.

During the 2010 election, the former deputy premier was the liberal elite’s standard-bearer. Sure, his name was attached to a few sordid, multi-million-dollar political disasters (external - login to view), but that’s true of pretty much every career politician of any stripe.

He was—in the tradition of the city’s slew of progressive mayors—smoothly well spoken and unfailingly presentable, if occasionally cranky. He was the cool kind of bald.

And most importantly, he was gay.

In 2007, Smitherman and his “husband,” Christopher Peloso, were “married” in a “traditional aboriginal ceremony.” They promptly adopted two children.

How could he possibly lose?


The polls closed at 8PM. Literally a few minutes later, Rob Ford—fat, clumsy, inarticulate, suburban, stubborn; married to a woman in a ceremony that included neither an eagle feather nor smudge; a father the old-fashioned way, however unpalatable that notion might be—was declared the winner. In fact, the result was what passes these days for a landslide: Ford received just over 51% of the vote to Smitherman’s 31%.

The elites were dumbfounded and furious (external - login to view).


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The Man Who Almost Became Toronto’s Crazy Mayor - Taki's Magazine (external - login to view)
 
BornRuff
+1
#2
Wow. Some people have absolutely no shame.

I'm sure you posted this just to piss off people like me, but seriously, there has to be some limits of what people will use to troll other people.
 
55Mercury
+1
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Wow. Some people have absolutely no shame.

I'm sure you posted this just to piss off people like me, but seriously, there has to be some limits of what people will use to troll other people.

lol

If you don't like having troll-sh*t dished right back at you, then perhaps you haven't come to the right place.
 
BornRuff
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by 55MercuryView Post

lol

If you don't like having troll-sh*t dished right back at you, then perhaps you haven't come to the right place.

What?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Wow. Some people have absolutely no shame.

I'm sure you posted this just to piss off people like me, but seriously, there has to be some limits of what people will use to troll other people.

Why? Don't like to admit we could have had a crazier mayor?
 
55Mercury
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

What?

comprehension problems?

from the dumbfounded link:

http://www.blogto.com/upload/2010/10...-twitter15.jpg

um, actually George, that was the anthem for the outgoing mayor: We bilked this city!
 
BornRuff
+1
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Why? Don't like to admit we could have had a crazier mayor?

How does him being gay or having a husband who suffered from mental illness make him "crazier"?

Quote: Originally Posted by 55MercuryView Post

comprehension problems?

from the dumbfounded link:

http://www.blogto.com/upload/2010/10...-twitter15.jpg

um, actually George, that was the anthem for the outgoing mayor: We bilked this city!

What is there for me to comprehend? You have not actually said anything that would constitute a complete thought yet.

Are you trying to say that people criticizing our current mayor for refusing to get help for his substance abuse issues that are affecting his ability to do his job is in any way comparable to George Smitherman's situation?
 
Goober
Free Thinker
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Wow. Some people have absolutely no shame.

I'm sure you posted this just to piss off people like me, but seriously, there has to be some limits of what people will use to troll other people.

Admited drug use and mental illness. How many average smucks with the same issues would be approved to adopt?
 
55Mercury
+2 / -1
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

How does him being gay or having a husband who suffered from mental illness make him "crazier"?



What is there for me to comprehend? You have not actually said anything that would constitute a complete thought yet.

Are you trying to say that people criticizing our current mayor for refusing to get help for his substance abuse issues that are affecting his ability to do his job is in any way comparable to George Smitherman's situation?

lol

when I lived in van back in the mid-seventies, if you wanted the really good drugs you got them from the gays.

don't try to tell me that phalluses are the only things they blow.
 
petros
+1
#10
It's still the same today.
 
BornRuff
+1
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Admited drug use and mental illness. How many average smucks with the same issues would be approved to adopt?

I hope you are just trolling. Who on earth would choose this time to insult a person's right to marriage and to raise children?

Smitherman used drugs in the mid 90's, before he entered public life and long before he adopted children. He got the help he needed and the only reason his drug use became public knowledge is because he chose to reveal that in order to work with other people struggling with addiction.

1/5 people in Canada experience mental illness in their lifetime. It isn't something that automatically makes you unable to raise children. Christopher's illness became much worse recently, but he was also accessing a great deal of help to try to fight the illness.

These are not things that would exclude other people from adoption. It just seems like homophobic people looking for reason to attack a homosexual couple. There has never been any suggestion that their children were not receiving all of the love and support that they could possibly want.

Quote: Originally Posted by 55MercuryView Post

lol

when I lived in van back in the mid-seventies, if you wanted the really good drugs you got them from the gays.

don't try to tell me that phalluses are the only things they blow.

Okie dokie. You are just a sick human being. I guess I will have to move on from you.
 
55Mercury
+1
#12
you know, if you get the last word in it doesn't mean you win the argument (what argument?) or that anyone even agrees with you - all it really means is that people have grown tired of you. but please, do continue your perpetual lament.
 
BornRuff
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by 55MercuryView Post

you know, if you get the last word in it doesn't mean you win the argument (what argument?) or that anyone even agrees with you - all it really means is that people have grown tired of you. but please, do continue your perpetual lament.

Lol, where did you get the idea that I thought you would stop posting?

A-holes will be a-holes.
 
55Mercury
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Lol, where did you get the idea that I thought you would stop posting?

A-holes will be a-holes.

ahahahaha!

you need to reacquaint yourself with a mirror, pal.
 
petros
#15
Thin skinned.
 
BornRuff
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Thin skinned.

A loving husband and father is dead and you guys are taking it as an opportunity for cheap partisan attacks.

I think you are a bit thick skulled.
 
petros
+1
#17
I am? I called you thin skinned.

Here is Rob Ford's home phone number. Call up his wife and ask what's on the buffet tonight. 416-233-6934
 
mentalfloss
+1
#18
The guy's partner just died and he isn't even running for mayor.

Just goes to show how petty and ideological the right can be.
 
damngrumpy
No Party Affiliation
#19
Sometimes all there is is innuendo. The would be mayor having lost is gay so what,
He used drugs prior to his entering public life so what
He has a family with children so what
The one thing we know for sure is we had an episode with a very unstable mayor
who has a family, was involved in drug use while being mayor, drove drunk while
being mayor and created the biggest international black eye for Toronto we have
seen in a generation. That is fact it happened and the man is still the mayor.
How much crazier would you like? Trying to make serious news out of what might
have been is like inventing an imaginary Prime Minister and then making accusations
against him,. The difference between the would be Mayor and the current Mayor is
The man who almost became Mayor made his personal life known so others could
benefit if I understand things right while the current Mayor made his indiscretions
known when they already became public and created a firestorm of controversy
If Mayor Ford made every apology in writing the city would have run out of stationery
The one thing about this that is overlooked is the current Mayor is finally it would
appear getting some help to gain control of his life.
That is a good sign the rest of this is nothing more than innuendo and gossip mongering
by those who have no other ammunition to present why one side or another could do a
better job for Toronto's citizens isn't that the more important issue? Or do the people
count at all?
 
Walter
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Thin skinned.

Lots o' those.
 
karrie
No Party Affiliation
+3
#21
I love how Loc always finds the most vile dregs of the op/ed world. It's like the political version of that weird cousin on fb who posts boil lancing videos and road kill art.
 
Locutus
+2
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Wow. Some people have absolutely no shame.

I'm sure you posted this just to piss off people like me, but seriously, there has to be some limits of what people will use to troll other people.

I'm not responsible for your...feelings.

Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

I love how Loc always finds the most vile dregs of the op/ed world. It's like the political version of that weird cousin on fb who posts boil lancing videos and road kill art.

You're welcome.
 
BornRuff
+1
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

I love how Loc always finds the most vile dregs of the op/ed world. It's like the political version of that weird cousin on fb who posts boil lancing videos and road kill art.

The scary thing is that some of the most vile stuff was actually coming from people actively employed by one of Canada's larger "news" organizations.

I always knew Ezra Levant was a ****, but I never knew he would stoop this low to get attention and score cheap political hits.
 
karrie
No Party Affiliation
+2
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

The scary thing is that some of the most vile stuff was actually coming from people actively employed by one of Canada's larger "news" organizations.

I always knew Ezra Levant was a ****, but I never knew he would stoop this low to get attention and score cheap political hits.



I personally find the man repugnant. And I register my opinion through my viewership. lol.
 
Goober
Free Thinker
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Why? Don't like to admit we could have had a crazier mayor?

Depression is not crazy, it is an illness that 20 % of Canadians will encounter over their lifetime. The stigma of this illness is significant, which is shameful, and this prevents many from seeking help, either professionals or from friends and family.

Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

I hope you are just trolling. Who on earth would choose this time to insult a person's right to marriage and to raise children?

I had the impression it was quite recent. That is what drove my opinion. Clearly I was in error and apologize, as no offense was intended. I was wrong.
Last edited by Goober; Jan 7th, 2014 at 07:11 PM..
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

I hope you are just trolling. Who on earth would choose this time to insult a person's right to marriage and to raise children?

Smitherman used drugs in the mid 90's, before he entered public life and long before he adopted children. He got the help he needed and the only reason his drug use became public knowledge is because he chose to reveal that in order to work with other people struggling with addiction.

1/5 people in Canada experience mental illness in their lifetime. It isn't something that automatically makes you unable to raise children. Christopher's illness became much worse recently, but he was also accessing a great deal of help to try to fight the illness.

These are not things that would exclude other people from adoption. It just seems like homophobic people looking for reason to attack a homosexual couple. There has never been any suggestion that their children were not receiving all of the love and support that they could possibly want.



Okie dokie. You are just a sick human being. I guess I will have to move on from you.

Yet it is a okay for you to make fun and denigrate what you consider a mental illness in the Ford .
I must admit that I am mistaken though . Born Ruff did not keep Rob Ford running for mayor running for a week .
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
#27
While I am sure that George Smitherman, dedicated father and loving husband according to Bornruff, is in a tough place right now, it is undeniable that he was a sh!tty Minister who had the fecal touch when it came to portfolios.

I guess I should qualify my disgusting behavior by referencing what I am talking about.

  • “I didn’t see it coming,” George Smitherman said after the all-party Legislative committee probing the ORNGE scandal.
  • The eHealth Ontario spending scandal has Deputy Premier George Smitherman's fledgling Toronto mayoral candidacy on life support.
Last edited by Retired_Can_Soldier; Jan 7th, 2014 at 10:58 PM..
 
Zipperfish
No Party Affiliation
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Why? Don't like to admit we could have had a crazier mayor?

coulda shoulda woulda. Maybe, maybe not. All speculative.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

coulda shoulda woulda. Maybe, maybe not. All speculative.

No NO NO it is shoulda woulda coulda can't you get anything right ?
 
BornRuff
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Yet it is a okay for you to make fun and denigrate what you consider a mental illness in the Ford .

How many instances can you actually find of me making fun of Ford's problems? I talk about them in all seriousness because they are serious and he refuses to acknowledge them. The Rob Ford issue isn't a joke.
 

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