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Where is Rob Ford? (Even his former press secretary wants to know)

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The Ford brothers and former mayoral press secretary Adrienne Batra had a bit of a verbal spat over the weekend—ostensibly over Rob Ford’s whereabouts. The Toronto Sun columnist accused her old boss of failing as a leader and of becoming “disengaged from day-to-day business” in a column titled “Mr. Mayor, where are you?” Batra called Ford out on being mute on the recent contract debates, letting the lefties and centrists wrest away his power over the 2012 budget and staying out of the recreation fees debacle (a perfect stand-up-for-the-little-guy case that the old, more spirited Ford would have used to his advantage, she said). “The mayor—not his staff, not his brother, not his executive, not his unpaid advisors—needs to dig down and find the same passion for the job he had when he was first elected,” she wrote. Doug Ford, ignoring that bit about not getting involved, defended his brother on their radio show, saying that “nutcases in the media” hassle Rob unfairly for attending to constituents. Quoth Doug: “‘Where’s the mayor?’ The mayor’s out there workin’ his ass off, talkin’ to residents and fixin’ the problems.” Read the entire story [Toronto Sun] »