Ford to executive committee: 'Support me or quit'

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in this Nov. 3, 2013, photo. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in this Nov. 3, 2013, photo. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford has dared members of his executive committee to quit if they don't support his embattled administration.

Ford continued to go on the offensive Monday to combat the controversy that has plagued his administration and threatened to derail his political career.

In a testy interview on AM640 with host John Oakley, Ford kept apologizing for cases of public drunkenness while refusing to address why he was captured on video allegedly smoking what appears to be crack cocaine or why he had so many interactions — detailed in police surveillance reports — with accused drug dealer Sandro Lisi.

Ford said he'll be getting back to work and meeting with members of his executive committee to ensure they are still onside.

"Anybody that wants to go, go," Ford told Oakley. "I'll be running the ship even if it is by myself. I'm going to be serving the city and guaranteed I'll be watching every dime."

In an interview with KISS 92.5's Maurie Sherman on Sunday, Ford challenged investigators to arrest him if he's broken the law.

"If I did something illegal then arrest me," Ford said. "Obviously, I haven't."

Asked if he's mad police were following him, Ford shrugged it off.

"Cameras are following me, people are following me," he said. "I'm not an idiot. Obviously, I have a pretty good idea about what is going on."

Sherman managed to ask Ford about police surveillance photos released last week showing the mayor's friend and alleged drug dealer Sandro Lisi dropping packages into the mayor's vehicle on several occasions.

"No comment," Ford said.

During the interview, Ford also defended his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, claiming "nobody gives me better advice."

"He will be premier one day," the mayor said. "He's smart, he's ambitious, the guy is 10 times smarter than anyone I've ever met."


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