Mayor Rob Ford

Mayor Rob Ford

Uncontrollable: How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious Mayor

eBook - 2015
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In February 2013, Toronto's former mayor, Rob Ford, was caught on video smoking crack cocaine. Weeks later, he was accused of groping a campaign rival; had to leave a gala for being too intoxicated; and was fired as the coach of a high school football team. The events were part of a stream of Rob Ford "mishaps," which include a DUI; accusations of domestic violence; a trial where the Toronto City Council stripped him of his powers; even accusations of murder.

Through it all, Ford's former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, stood by his side. Towhey was part of Ford's inner circ≤ he'd joined Ford's mayoral campaign in 2010 and quickly became one of his closest advisors. He responded to media questions regarding Ford's drug and alcohol additions, his anger management problems, and, of course, the video of Ford smoking crack.

In May 2013, Mark Towhey had a confidential conversation with Ford. Much speculations has been about this conversation, but thus far, the public only knows two words from that conversation; Towhey told Ford to "get help." They also know what happened next, Towhey was fired.

In Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable , Towhey recounts the conversation and shares what Ford was like behind the scenes. This is a candid insider account of working with Ford, covering for him, respecting his strengths, and managing his weaknesses. It will release after Ford has dropped out of the mayoral election, as he battles health problems, and as the world waits to see what this larger-than-life personality does next.
Publisher: New York :, Skyhorse Publishing,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781634500487
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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debwalker Oct 21, 2015

Holy. Even worse than we imagined.

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Jul 07, 2016

Now I understand the nine month mayoral & ward system election process that winnow down x candidates to two or three well funded candidates. I could also see where Rob Ford could had substance abuse problem from grueling stressful race. I feel sad for author & ex-city staffers who had mental & physical health problems from protecting the guy or trying to fix problems by bulldozer Rob or his "Night Shift" acquaintances (high school pals, former politicians that knew his dad Doug Ford Sr., lobbyists & drug-culture associates) on led by his better looking, better dressing "I should be mayor" older brother especially their ill-conceived weight-loss challenge for Ferris wheel on Toronto's waterfront . I'm sad Rob couldn't conquer his demons or live to his full potential. Finally, I'm sad on Rob's wife living with Rob's tarnished legacy & his dysfunctional new money family.

May 04, 2016

Rob Ford's former chief-of-staff Mark Towhey has decided to pull back the curtain with a tell-all book that is a definite page turner. Given his credentials, the information in this book about the Ford era is much more revealing than Robyn Doolittle's Crazy Town. What surprised me the most was the relationship between Rob and Doug and how the latter saw his himself as the co-mayor, holding meetings with business leaders in Rob's office without his permission. And contrary to the idea that the two were inseparable bookends, Towhey demonstrates that the Fords were usually at daggers drawn most of the time. If you're interested in municipal politics, this book has a lot of great stories, such as the behind the scenes battle over a proposed casino at the CNE; the Sheppard subway debacle; how the Ford administration got rid of jobs for life at City Hall; and the grueling work that goes into a making a budget. By the end of reading Uncontrollable, I realized that Ford, a master at retail politics, was clearly a great city councilor but was in over his head as mayor. It's a shame because if you remove the drugs and alcohol from the equation, he had a pretty impressive resume (eliminating the vehicle registration tax, making the TTC an essential service, etc..). But unfortunately, as you'll read in this book, the demons were just too much for him.

Dec 09, 2015

Hoooo-boy. Remember those days? Remember reading or hearing on the news all the insane high-jinks from Toronto City Hall? Mark Towhey lays it all out for us once again as he shows a man on a downward spiral, completely addicted to his terrible lifestyle. My questions are as before: how on earth did this guy get elected in the first place? Didn't anyone look and listen long enough to see what a blowhard he and his brother were?; how on earth are his kids allowed by social services to stay in this abusive household?; and probably most curious to me, how on earth did his staff think it was their job to keep protecting him from himself long enough to be re-elected?? Wouldn't concern for the greater good have come into their brains at some point in this fiasco?

Nov 09, 2015

This was like reading about a train crash happening in slow motion. Surprisingly engaging and very readable.

It seems clear that Towhey wrote this book as a somewhat extended resume for himself. By highlighting all of the things that went wrong that we didn’t hear about, it makes his crisis management skills look that much better. I don’t doubt this version of events though - this entire ridiculous story rings true.

After reading this book, I can say that the environment surrounding Rob Ford, and what his staff had to deal with on a daily basis, seems even worse than most people think it was. It almost sounds as if most of Ford’s staff ended up with the political version of PTSD after dealing with him.

Ford is uncouth, unwilling to compromise, not knowledgeable about politics, policy or how to make things happen in a consensus. He didn’t listen to the people he hired, listened to other random people instead (the "night shift"), constantly changed his mind, and wouldn’t engage with anyone - aside from the constituents he would obsessively phone (returning their calls). And this was all before the alcohol and dugs started becoming an issue.

I still cannot, for the life of me, figure out why Rob Ford even wanted to be mayor. He doesn’t like half the people in the city, has no interest in long-term big picture ideas (waterfront, casino, transit…), can’t compromise or work in groups with other councillors, and spends too much time focusing on small ticket items instead of the $13 billion dollar annual budget for the city of Toronto. This is a guy who, on principle, hobbled the mayor’s office by cutting the office budget and then refusing to fully staff it. Yes, that may save you a few hundred thousand - but at what long-term cost for the running of the city?

If someone had written a fictional novel with these characters and protagonists in it - police raids, high-profile politicians, hidden videos, drugs, bullying, violence, family drama..., no one would believe that it could actually happen. This entire sordid affair (all 4 years of it) was like an extended soap opera - fascinating, ridiculous and compelling.

A great read!

debwalker Oct 21, 2015

Holy. Even worse than we imagined.

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