"He promises to just smoke pot as mayor, not crack."
That's one of three outrageous campaign slogans on signs that popped up all around Toronto on Monday spoofing the bad behavior of Canada's favorite substance-abusing incumbent mayor Rob Ford.
"When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera," reads another poster.
A third zinger: "The current mayor threatens to kill people and gets publicly drunk. If elected, I promise I will just get publicly drunk."
The "candidates" on the signs aren't running for anything. They're just actors.
But the signs aren't just a joke.
A grassroots group hopes they will draw attention to various real candidates who want to replace the current mayor and further its goal of "anyone but Rob Ford."
An ad from the No Ford Nation campaign which seeks to prevent Toronto Mayor Rob Ford from being reelected.
Christina Robins, founder of NoFordNation.com, said she partnered with the hip ad agency Rethink to create the 100 signs, which went up at parks all over the city.
"They're already being taken down," she said.
Two spokesmen for Ford did not respond to requests for comment.
Although Ford has admitted smoking crack, driving drunk, and urinating in public, he has refused calls to step down, even after being stripped of many of his powers by the city council.
Instead, he announced in January that he is running for re-election.
Robins, 41, said her problems with Ford pre-date the infamous video that caught him smoking crack. She founded her group in 2011 when his administration proposed cutting free lunch for poor kids.
"And then everything really blew up," she said.
— Tracy Connor
First published March 31 2014, 1:54 PM