Rob Ford 'can't match my record,' says Marion Barry

Washington, D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry. REUTERS/Micah Walter/Files

Washington, D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry. REUTERS/Micah Walter/Files

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

TORONTO -- Is he talking about his political triumphs or his scandals?

Former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry said Rob Ford "can't match my record," when asked about the embattled Toronto leader, according to a video posted to TMZ Wednesday.

"Who gets more love when it comes to citizens, you or Rob Ford?" asks a man while filming Barry getting into his car.

Barry replies, "I ain't got nothing to do with Rob Ford. He can't match my record," not specifying any context with the remark.

Councillor Doug Ford and Rob Ford's chief of staff Dan Jacobs could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Barry, known for his public prominence as mayor of the U.S. capital from 1979 to 1991 and a civil rights activist, has had his share of controversy, beginning in January 1990 when Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by the FBI on drug charges.

He served six months in a federal prison. After his release, he was elected to D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayor's job, serving from 1995 to 1999.

Rob Ford, on the other hand, has not been arrested on drug charges.

There have been reports of videos purportedly showing the mayor smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe, and he has publicly admitted to previously smoking crack cocaine.

He took a leave of absence from his civic duties at the end of April and checked himself into rehab to address a substance abuse issue. He has notified the city that he plans to return to work next week.

He is seeking re-election in October.


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