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Ford’s focus not on lead

Rob Ford didn’t take any time yesterday to gloat about his commanding lead in Toronto’s mayoral race, instead hammering away at his theme of service and accountability.

Rob Ford didn’t take any time yesterday to gloat about his commanding lead in Toronto’s mayoral race, instead hammering away at his theme of service and accountability.

On the heels of a poll that gives the Etobicoke councillor a 24-point lead over second-place George Smitherman, Ford said the only poll that counts is the Oct. 25 election.

Announcing the second part of his “taxpayer protection plan” outside his company’s Etobicoke label-making factory, Ford did say his team is “running a very good campaign.”

“I’m the only one who can grab the bull by the horns,” and dramatically cut city spending, he said.

Asked about comments that he’s “scary” — from rival Sarah Thomson in the Toronto Star last week and others now trying to mount an anybody-but-Ford campaign — he called the description of him “comical.”

Ford’s brother and campaign manager Doug did crow a bit.

“What’s really surprising, in the poll that I read, is that Rob is actually leading George Smitherman downtown,” Doug, who is running to replace Rob as Ward 2 councillor, told reporters.

 
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