Rob Ford Saga: Cops tail mayor in Project Brazen 2

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a meeting to discuss the 2014 budget with members of the Toronto...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a meeting to discuss the 2014 budget with members of the Toronto City Council Executive Committee on January 22, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

MICHELE MANDEL, QMI Agency

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TORONTO -- The pressure of Crackgate was mounting for all concerned.

In mid-August, both the Star and the Globe and Mail ran exposes about the mysterious Alexander Lisi, Rob Ford's homie from the old neighbourhood, detailing his criminal history and alleging that he was the mayor's point man in aggressively trying to get hold of the crack video.

Ford steadfastly stood by his buddy, telling QMI Agency that Lisi was a "great guy and he is straight as an arrow."

Toronto Police were also being bombarded with questions. The media demanded to know if the city's chief magistrate was under investigation. Etobicoke residents wanted to know why a noisy plane was buzzing their neighbourhood. And the mayor had his staff call headquarters to find out who owned the car he had seen tailing him.


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