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Toronto Mayor Suspends Campaign After Second Apparent Crack Video

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Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford. (credit: om Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford. (credit: om Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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TORONTO (CBSDC/AP)– The lawyer for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse.

Dennis Morris, Ford’s lawyer, said Wednesday night that Ford acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem and he wants to do something about it.

Ford, who is seeking re-election in the October election, acknowledged last year after months of denials that he smoked crack in a “drunken stupor” after police said they obtained a video that appears to show him smoking crack.

The video has never been released to the public. News reports of the crack video’s existence first surfaced last May, igniting a media firestorm around Ford. He careened from one scandal to another, becoming a national embarrassment for many Canadians.

Ford endeared himself to 106.7 The Fan listeners during regular appearances with the Sports Junkies last NFL season.

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