Mayor Rob Ford gets stuck in elevator

Mayor Rob Ford gets stuck in elevator
By Don Peat ,City Hall Bureau Chief
First posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:07 AM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014 04:50 PM EST
TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford found himself in a different kind of trouble Thursday — elevator trouble.
Ford was an hour late for his speech to the Economic Club of Canada after getting stuck in a freight elevator.
A handful of attendees left the $89-per-plate event after getting tired of waiting with no explanation provided.
Just after 1 p.m., Ford arrived and was swarmed by media.
“Get away from me!” Ford shouted at reporters as he ran into a washroom.
His press secretary, Amin Massoudi, told reporters they had been trapped for 45 minutes.
Ford worked the delay into his speech.
“I want to thank the Economic Club of Canada for hosting today’s event and getting me locked in the elevator for 45 minutes,” he said.
Later at City Hall, Ford shrugged off the incident.
“What can you do?” he said, just before stepping on another elevator.
Economic Club president Rhiannon Traill confirmed she was with Ford, his staff and Hilton employees when they got stuck.
“It was unfortunate; he was very gracious about it,” Traill said. “We finally got out and he was able to deliver his speech.”
What did they talk about for almost an hour?
“We talked about the speech, we talked about just how he’s doing and how he’s preparing for his campaign,” Traill said.
She denied Ford “freaked out” in the elevator.
“No, he was so calm and gracious. He was very, very gracious,” Traill said.
She said Ford was using the freight elevator, rather than walking in the front door of the hotel and down an escalator, so he could “get in” to the event and “avoid all the traffic.”
Reporters were camped out waiting for Ford to ask him about his latest embarrassing episode — a drunken rant at Steak Queen.
“No, no, we weren’t avoiding the media, we were just trying to get in so we could get started with the speech,” Traill said, adding there was no cellphone service in the freight elevator.
“That’s all that happened, it is not very exciting,” she said. “Finally the people who I guess work the elevators came and got us out.”
Ford’s speech was his first major one on the 2014 campaign trail, on the heels of two days of controversy following his Monday night expletive-laced rant in Jamaican patois at the burger joint.
Ford has refused to discuss why he was at the restaurant meeting with Alexander “Sandro” Lisi — his friend charged with extortion in connection with the mayor’s crack video.
Ford continued to ignore questions about his Steak Queen escapade.
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Mayor Rob Ford recounts being stuck in elevator

By Joe Warmington ,Toronto Sun First posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 06:17 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:21 PM EST
TORONTO - Rhiannon Traill will never forget the time she spent 45 minutes stuck in an elevator with Mayor Rob Ford.
“It’s definitely a chapter for my memoirs,” the president of the Economic Club of Canada said with a chuckle.
She can joke about it now.
And so can Jimmy Kimmel in his Super Mayor spoofs.
Traill admitted it was a scary ordeal for herself, the mayor and seven others who crammed into the service elevator at the Hilton on Richmond St. W.
“It was jarring,” she said.
On many levels.
In the ballroom she had 200 people waiting, having paid $89 to hear the mayor speak.
And a large contingent of media.
“There was no way to communicate with anybody,” she said Thursday.
“You don’t want this to happen to you,” a shaken Ford said.
Also on the elevator was Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs, assistant Amin Massoudi, event co-ordinator Victoria Colussi, special assistant Jonathan Kent, Hilton general manager Andy Loges, head of security Julian Kearney and catering sales manager Simone Cooper.
As soon as the elevator got stuck, the hotel staffers started to try to sort it out. Kearney, who has experience working with close protection and dealing with celebrities, was able to get a call through to the front desk.
Seems no one was answering.
“We just had to wait,” said Traill. “It was tight in there. It was not fun.”
Cellphones did not work. No food or drink and no communication with anybody outside the steel box.
Through it all, Traill said it was Ford who kept things loose.
“He was gracious and very funny,” she said. “He was very calm.”
Ford told me appearances can be deceiving.
“Inside I was actually freaking out,” the mayor said. “I just had to stay calm but it wasn’t nice.”
As he was telling the story he was laughing, but “there was actually nothing funny about it” he said.
It was hard because there was nothing that could be done.
“We were paralyzed there. We couldn’t move,” said Ford. “I said, ‘Let me out from the ceiling or open the door but just get us out of here.’”
Ford said the hotel people worked feverishly to get help.
“They did their best,” he said. “Finally they did get somebody.”
Massoudi said he and Jacobs were dealing with a concern that patrons waiting, and the media, would think the mayor — two days removed from the Steak Queen video rant and falling off the wagon — had gone AWOL.
“The guy can’t catch a break,” said Massoudi. “It was frustrating because he had a great speech to give and we were worried that people would think the worst.”
Ford said it crossed his mind “people might think it was this or that” so he tried to stay relaxed.
“It felt like three hours in there and I worried we may be in there 15 years,” he joked.
It was then Traill thought of getting someone in the elevator to take a cellphone picture with the mayor to remember their close encounter of the strange kind.
“He had a sense of humour about it and we talked about our kids and shot the bull,” Traill said.
Maintenance people pried open the elevator doors.
“The first place I went was straight to the bathroom,” joked Ford.
Ford said that while trapped, he thought about his son, Dougie, who has refused to get on an elevator at City Hall for fear of “not being able to get out of it.”
While Ford agreed with Traill this is a story they will tell for a long time, he added: “I will not be telling my son Dougie about it.”
Mayor Rob Ford and Rhiannon Traill, president of the Economic Club of Canada, inside the freight elevator at the Hilton while they were stuck Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

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And he's really super super sorry.
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And he's really super super sorry.

About what?
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About what?

Not picking up on the pattern here eh? Take the right wing from in front of your face.
I guess they have to start making the elevator doors wider.
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What happened to the diet?
How did he get on the elevator in the first place.....? (laffing smiley here)
Are you sure it wasn't the elevator which got stuck in Rob Ford?

Also, why did his parents give him a name which sounds like he goes round stealing cars?

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