Rob Ford says $5,000 Christmas cheque made wife 'really happy'

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside wife Renata, speaks to media to apologize for crude comments he...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, alongside wife Renata, speaks to media to apologize for crude comments he made at City Hall on Nov. 14, 2013. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford says he did end up giving his wife cash for Christmas.

During his weekly interview with a Washington, D.C., sports radio station, Ford acknowledged he got in “hot water” for saying on the show last month that women love money as a holiday present but said he wrote a $5,000 cheque to his wife, Renata.

“I gave her a cheque for five grand and she was really happy,” Ford told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “I took some flak but a lot of my buddies said, ‘Hey, that’s the best thing around.’

“Even some ladies came up and said, ‘No problem, I’ll take that five grand.’”

The mayor said he got “tonnes of stuff” for Christmas.

Ford spoke with the hosts for around 10 minutes on Thursday — the weekly segment is often the longest the mayor speaks publicly in the wake of his crack cocaine scandal.

Asked about the Forum Research poll first reported in the Toronto Sun this week showing his approval rate had climbed to 47% and an increase in those willing to vote for him in 2014, Ford shrugged off the jump in support.

“Our numbers are good,” Ford said. “The only poll that matters is the one on election day on Oct. 27. I would say polls are for dogs. You never know, polls change but we’re doing good.”


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