Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Credits: Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
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Toronto Sun exclusively obtained a new raunchy audio recording of Ford ranting and swearing in an Etobicoke bar.
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's "ready to take a break" from the mayoral election campaign to "go get help."
The decision to immediately step away from the campaign - while staying on the ballot - came after QMI Agency exclusively obtained a new audio recording of Ford ranting and swearing in a Toronto bar.
The Globe and Mail also published a report that a new video surfaced of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what has been described as crack-cocaine early Saturday morning.
Ford told Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington that he realizes "it's time" and that he "wants" to "deal with his issues." He said he is being urged to not leave the mayoral race by people around him.
The audio recording, covertly taped by a patron of Sullie Gorman's Monday night, captures the mayor being unruly as he's ordering booze at the bar, complaining about his wife Renata and making lewd comments about mayoral contender Karen Stintz.
"I'd like to f---ing jam her (Stintz), but she doesn't want ... I can't talk like this...I'm so sorry," Ford is heard saying on the recording. "I forgot there's a woman in the house."
According to one witness, Ford was seen buying shooters and tequila and trying to fight with patrons Monday.
"He was really wasted," said the witness. "And he was acting like a real ass."
Witnesses say the mayor was not with his driver, Jerry Agyemang, but his Escalade was parked in the plaza lot - something the mayor denies.
The mayor said he didn't recall saying any of the things on the recording, but confirmed he was at Sullie Gorman's that night.
"I wouldn't say that. I wouldn't say the word ‘jam.' That's not my terminology," he said in a phone interview with Warmington Wednesday afternoon.
"I am appalled. I'd like to verify this (audio) first. Of course, I'm just joking around. Clearly, that's what I mean."
Also on the recording, Ford was heard ranting about being pressed to keep the gay pride rainbow flag raised at city hall.
"They put this f---ing flag up ahead of our Canadian flag, I said, 'No, I'm sorry. Bulls---," he said.
Ford is heard using threatening language: "Give me a shot right now or I'll f---ing break your legs. I want another one."
A few moments later, he says, "If you don't give me a shot I'm going to knock your f---ing teeth out."
He also uttered: "I'm so f---ing sick of politics, dude. Look at my record" and "I wish that f---ing conversation had never been taped," but doesn't specify any context.
Ford remained silent when asked if it was one of his drunken stupors.
"I don't know who I'm threatening," he said. "This is from Monday night? That's weird. I wasn't messed up. I wouldn't use that language. This was inside the bar? I'd like to know who I threatened to punch out."
Stintz laughed when told what he said about her.
"I'm just hoping the (audio) didn't accurate reflect his feelings towards me as a colleague," she said.