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Drug row mayor: My come to Jesus moment; He vows to quit booze.

Byline: CHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN US Editor

THE crack-smoking mayor of Toronto vowed to stop drinking just hours after knocking over a fellow councillor during a heated debate.

Rob Ford has refused to step down after a video of him smoking the class A drug surfaced last year.

The 44-year-old blamed booze for his drug-taking and yesterday declared he is "finished" with alcohol after experiencing a "come-to-Jesus moment".

In a TV interview he said: "I've had a come-to-Jesus moment if you want to call it that.

Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I've let down. And it's all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behaviour and that's it."

He added he had only smoked crack cocaine once, calling it "an isolated incident" but admitted he had bought marijuana since becoming mayor.

Earlier he had reacted angrily when Toronto City Council voted to strip him of his remaining powers.

Ford knocked over Councillor Pam McConnell as he charged at hecklers in the gallery who were shouting "Shame, shame" at him. As Ford was asked to apologise he said he was rushing to the defence of his brother, city councillor Doug Ford. "I picked her up," the mayor said. "I ran around because I thought my brother was getting into an altercation."

chris.bucktin@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Nov 20, 2013
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