November 19, 2013 - 9:24 AM
TORONTO - Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford capped another tumultuous day by declaring in a television interview that he is off alcohol and working to shed some weight.
He told CBC News “The National” host Peter Mansbridge on Monday that he will ”eat his words” if people don’t see a difference in him after five months.
Ford also said he has had a ”come to Jesus moment” brought on by the “belittling” he has endured lately and how he let people down because of alcohol use.
The interview capped a day which saw Ford remain defiant despite a series of unprecedented votes in city council to strip him of most of his duties.
In their latest votes, councillors slashed Ford’s mayoral budget and handed many of his duties and staff to the city’s deputy mayor, Norm Kelly.
Ford called the votes a “coup d’etat” and a declaration of war, comparing what happened to him to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991.
Ford's lawyer, George Rust-D'Eye, said he might seek an injunction against council's decisions but was still waiting for instructions.
City staff said they believed their actions, which are essentially in force until the next municipal election in October 2014, would withstand legal scrutiny.
Ford admitted last week to buying illegal drugs while in office, then sparked outrage by making a crude sexual comment on live television.
He has steadfastly refused to take a leave or resign since reports surfaced in May of a video that appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine.
Police said they had recovered the video but have refused to release it.
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