TORONTO - It has come to this ó Robert Ford accused of being our very own Tony Soprano.
Just one day. Thatís all I wanted. Just one day off from writing about the exhaustingly endless trials and tribulations of our bad boy mayor. But it was not to be.
Not when yet another scandal hits the headlines about Ford and his dangerous associates ó this time the shocking allegation that he ordered a vicious jailhouse beating of his former brother-in-law to keep him quiet.
None of the claims made by Scott MacIntyre in his lawsuit have been proven in court and Fordís lawyer has denied them all. But the manís allegations are simply breathtaking: that bizarre online rant last fall of the angry mayor threatening to kill somebody? MacIntyre claims those werenít idle threats, that he was the man Ford wanted dead.
And he alleges the mayor conspired with Payman Aboodowleh, his former assistant coach, to task one of their former Don Bosco high school football players to do the job inside the Metro West Detention Centre. He also claims that the mayorís underworld powers are so nefarious and so far reaching that he even ensured that prison guards looked the other way.
But we must also remember that MacIntyre, Kathy Fordís former common-law husband, is a scoundrel in his own right. A drug addict with a criminal history that includes cocaine trafficking, he made the news for the first time in 2005 when he accidentally discharged a gun that hit Kathy Ford in the face.
In January 2012 he was back in the papers after he was charged with forcible entry and two counts of threatening death after barging into Fordís home. MacIntyre claims his visit was to demand that Ford pay his sisterís debt to him or he would go public and disclose ďFordís (and members of his familyís) use of illicit drugs and association with criminalsĒ.
At the time, of course, we knew far less than we do now about the mayorís tawdry private life.