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QUOTED: A former Rob Ford aide on why the mayor’s latest scandal could be the most serious yet

This is the one type of thing that could actually piss off Ford Nation, because it goes against the bedrock principle of not dipping into the trough.

—An unnamed former mayoral staffer, on the difference between the latest Rob Ford scandal and all those other Rob Ford scandals. The former aide told the Toronto Star that the mayor’s colourful behaviour (like driving while talking on a cellphone or yelling at the paper’s reporters) wouldn’t turn off his core supporters. However, Ford’s use of city-funded staff and resources for his youth football team could be considered “gravy” (to use Ford’s own term), and therefore has the potential to be much more politically dangerous. Unsurprisingly, Adam Vaughan agreed. [Toronto Star]