November 26, 2012 8:23 am

Mayoral runner-up ‘overjoyed’ by Ford verdict

TORONTO – “It’s a touchdown for accountability.”

George Smitherman, the man who placed second in the race for
mayor in 2010, said he is “overjoyed” by the verdict against Rob
Ford.

“He’s played by two sets of rules and he was making his
own rulebook and today the judge has asserted the law,” Smitherman said.
“That’s a triumph for the citizens. The rule of law has been upheld.”

Smitherman said Judge Charles Hackland’s decision is a case
study. “It says that you can’t thumb your nose indefinitely at the law
without getting caught.”

Smitherman, who lost to Ford by nearly 93,000 votes, said citizens are tired of “the tendency of Coach Ford to operate with his
own set of rules.”

He declined to comment whether he would run for the mayor’s
seat in a by-election.

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