Shirtless protesters pledge to stick to Rob Ford

Shirtless protester heckles Mayor Rob Ford at presser on Eglinton Ave. Tuesday, July 8, 2014....

Shirtless protester heckles Mayor Rob Ford at presser on Eglinton Ave. Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

Hopefully Mayor Rob Ford likes his protesters shirtless because they’re promising to follow him throughout the campaign.

“He was very clearly rattled and that’s what we want, we want to rattle him,” John Furr — the “shirtless horde” protest organizer — said after Ford’s Eglinton Ave. press conference Tuesday was interrupted by a handful of shirtless protesters.

“The whole time (Rob Ford) was not getting his message out. We were not letting him get his message out. Average Torontonians are now standing up.”

But Councillor Doug Ford slammed the “shirtless horde” group and suggested that “of course” they were planted by rival mayoral campaigns. Both the John Tory and Olivia Chow campaigns denied they are involved in the protest movement.

“I find it ironic the media always says the circus is there,” Councillor Ford said. “Rob Ford is not creating the circus, all these shirtless characters that are planted from the other campaigns.


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