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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's brother Doug won't seek re-election

Feb. 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM
TORONTO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Toronto City Councilor Doug Ford said Thursday he's bowing out of electoral politics for now to help his embattled brother, Mayor Rob Ford, win re-election.

Ford told reporters rather than seek re-election to a second term on the City Council or run for a seat in the provincial Legislature, he's going to concentrate on supporting his brother, who is running for re-election despite admissions of illegal drug use and erratic public behavior, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"Folks, my priority is obviously, my family first, the people of Etobicoke North, the city of Toronto and obviously, my brother, Rob," he said.

Doug Ford, who is the mayor's campaign manager, said he could envision a role for himself in his brother's next administration and another run for elected office himself sometime down the road.

"I wouldn't rule out coming down here. I'll work for $1 a year to make sure Rob, again, moves forward, make sure this is the most prosperous city in the world," he said.

"I'll tell you I will eventually, one day, run provincially. I love provincial politics."

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