Ford Nation came out in droves on Thursday to a convention centre festooned with red, white and blue balloons, as Mayor Rob Ford officially launched a re-election bid wrapped in his brand of populism and appealing to a “spirit of second chances.”
Led in by a procession of bagpipes, with a niece standing on a pair of shoulders and hoisting a Canadian flag in the air, the mayor earned a heroes welcome at the Congress Centre, on Dixon Road near the airport. Supporters had lined up outside, and then inside for bobble heads in his likeness and “Ford Mayor” foam fingers they punched into the sky. A big red fire truck draped in a banner that screamed “saving the taxpayers from getting burned” flanked the stage.
“There have been some rocky moments over the past year,” said Mr. Ford, whose tenure lately has been mired in episodes of public drunkenness…
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