Rob Ford May Have Already Broken Toronto’s Election Rules

AP

The text on embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign website is short enough to fit on a tweet, but it still may have violated city election rules.

Ford officially filed to run for re-election on Thursday. But according to the Toronto Star, the two sentences that appeared Monday on Ford’s website, RobFordForMayor.ca, included his city email address and mayor’s office phone number.

The Star noted Toronto’s “elections rules are clear: candidates are not allowed to use city resources or facilities to support their campaigns” including “email accounts, phone lines, and city hall offices.”

“Thank you for visiting the website,” the text on the website read. “If you would like to contact Mayor Ford please send your inquiry to Mayor_Ford@toronto.ca or 416-397-FORD (3673).”

The Star reported that the Ford campaign changed the phone number to Ford’s home line “by Monday night.” Ford’s campaign site no longer features an email address.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hunter Walker is a national affairs reporter for TPM. He came to the site in 2013 from the New York Observer. He has also written for New York Magazine, Gawker, the Village Voice, Forbes, The Daily, and Deadspin. He can be reached at hunter@talkingpointsmemo.com
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK