TORONTO - Now the feathers are really flying.
Councillor Adam Vaughan compared Mayor Rob Ford to an animated character from the TV show Family Guy on Monday.
The outspoken Ford critic made the quip a day after the Fords spent part of their Sunday afternoon radio show slamming him.
Vaughan called the mayor’s comments “empty sort of fluff.”
“I expect to see a chicken show up at his next football game and wrestle him through the city up and down City Hall corridors,” Vaughan told reporters Monday.
The Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina councillor made it clear he was comparing Ford to Family Guy protagonist Peter Griffin.
On NEWSTALK 1010 Sunday, Ford and Councillor Doug Ford slammed media coverage of accusations the mayor used his city staff and resources to operate his football teams, and then took a run at Vaughan.
Councillor Ford called Vaughan “Mr. Cappuccino Buyer” — a reference to the coffee machine he once charged to taxpayers.
“He goes out and buys artwork for his office,” Ford said.
Mayor Ford called Vaughan “the cellphone king” because he supported the city paying for roaming charges on councillors’ cellphones.
“Let me tell you the best Adam Vaughan story, the best one ever,” the mayor said. “A guy donates to his campaign, he hires the same guy to rearrange furniture in his office. I can’t make this up.”
Ford laughed as he recalled the story but couldn’t put an exact figure on the cost.
“So he had his own personal decorator for his office?” Councillor Ford said.
“That’s the gravy train, that’s what it is all about.”
Vaughan said the office redesign process, which happened during the last term of council, was a “win for the taxpayers.”
“We restructured the office to put more desks in and we hired someone who had knowledge of office systems,” Vaughan said.
He stressed the job went through the city’s bid process.
“Instead of having to expand our office or buy desks that didn’t fit, it was simply a move to get six office spaces in a place that could only fit three.”
The mayor’s office has yet to respond to a request for comment on Vaughan’s remarks.