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Rob Ford, Hospitalized With Tumor, Drops Out of Toronto's Mayor's Race

Doug Ford added his name to the list of candidates shortly after his brother withdrew.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who is hospitalized for a suspected tumor in his abdomen, is dropping his bid for re-election, but his hard-charging brother, Doug, has thrown his hat into the ring. Meanwhile, Rob Ford has decided to run for councilor — after his nephew withdrew from that race.

"With the advice of my family and doctors I know I need to focus on getting better. There is much work to be done and I can't give it my all at this point," Rob Ford said in a statement. "I've asked Doug to finish what we started together, so all we've accomplished isn't washed away. I have asked Doug to run to become the next mayor of Toronto, because we need him."

Doctors have released few details about Ford's diagnosis and prognosis. “We are still in a holding pattern,” Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital, told reporters on Thursday as the scandal-plagued politician underwent more scans. Ford had decided to run for re-election even after admitting to a string of misdeeds, including smoking crack and being drunk on the job. He did a stint in rehab over the summer.



— Tracy Connor