Rob Ford says he had a 'minor setback'

Rob Ford laughs with Frank Di Giorgio during a budget committee meeting at City Hall Wednesday, the...

Rob Ford laughs with Frank Di Giorgio during a budget committee meeting at City Hall Wednesday, the day after new controversial videos of the mayor were posted to YouTube. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford called his drunken rant at Steak Queen on Monday night a "minor setback."

After spending the day running away from reporters, Ford delivered a statement at City Hall claiming his drinking was now a "private matter" just two months after he threw it into the public realm to explain his crack cocaine use and swore off alcohol citing a "come to Jesus moment."

Ford has been under fire for two days after a trip to the Steak Queen caught on at least two videos later posted online that included a expletive-filled rant by the mayor about Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair in a Jamaican accent and a possible meeting with Alexander "Sandro" Lisi - Ford's friend facing an extortion charge in connection with the mayor's crack video.

"As you know, I'm a human being the same as every one of you," Ford said Wednesday. "I'm entitled to a personal life. My personal life does not interfere with the work I do day in and day out.

"Monday was unfortunate, I had a minor setback. We all experience these difficult bumps in life."

The mayor maintained he is "working hard every day" to improve his health and wellbeing.

"This is completely a private matter," he said.

Then Ford lashed out at councillors who claim his personal life is impacting their work.

"That is absolute nonsense," he said.


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