TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford thinks Toronto Police used Alexander "Sandro" Lisi as a "prop" to get to him.
Ford made the claim about his friend and occasional driver during an interview on The Zoomer with Conrad Black on Vision TV aired on Monday night.
The mayor of Canada's largest city also offered to do a urine test for drugs and alcohol for the former media baron during their interview in Ford's City Hall office that was taped last Friday.
Ford - who admitted last month to smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" - cast himself as a victim of the media frenzy that followed his admission after months of denying publicly that he had actually used crack or was captured on video smoking the drug. He maintained he has stopped drinking entirely since the crack confession and was working out on a daily basis.
"If they want me to do a drug test, a urine test, I'll do one right now," Ford said. "I have no problem doing that test."
Black quickly chimed in with a witty reply.
"Rob, there is absolutely no need to do a urine test right now," he said.
Although he made a rare mention of Lisi, Ford didn't explain what was happening during his encounters with Lisi captured on police surveillance now made public through documents released by the courts that show several meetings where the two exchange bags and packages.
The mayor lashed out at Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, claiming he has "an issue" with the chief over the investigation.
"I definitely think this is political," Ford said. "Am I happy with the chief? No, I'm not right now."
He added that he felt police have used Lisi - who was charged with extortion in connection with an alleged attempt to get the Ford crack video - as a "prop" to get to him.
Police have maintained the investigation is not political and they've conducted it "without fear or favour.""If I've done something illegal, I've told the police to arrest me," Ford said, without explaining why he's refused to meet with investigators.
The father of two claimed the ongoing scandal was "ripping" his family apart.
Ford also came out incredibly confident about his re-election chances next year.
"I'm feeling great. Unless people are outright lying to me ... I feel very comfortable," Ford said.