Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi has picked up a second councillor endorsement, with Mike Feldman saying yesterday that Rossi is the “consensus builder” Toronto council needs.

Feldman, a member of council’s right-leaning Responsible Government Group, who is retiring this fall, likened Rossi to former mayor Mel Lastman, who “was able to bring together the left, the centre and the right and have a big mushy middle.

“I think Rocco would have the same ability to get consensus when you have philosophical differences,” Feldman said.

Feldman (Ward 10, York Centre) said he likes Rossi rival Rob Ford, but is afraid the Etobicoke councillor wouldn’t get enough support on many issues to get a majority of votes from the 44 councillors.

That would leave his opponents to “elect their own mayor, a sort of leader of the opposition.”

Feldman says he met with rival George Smitherman but doesn’t see him as a consensus-builder either.

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone offers the “same old, same old,” he added, while staff for the other main candidate, Women’s Post publisher Sarah Thomson, did not reply to Feldman’s request for a meeting.