Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the Toronto mayoral race after being hospitalized and diagnosed with an abdominal tumor. Ford's brother Doug, who is a Toronto city councillor, will run in his place.
Ford became world famous last year when video emerged of him smoking crack. Other video showed him threatening to kill someone. He also accidentally knocked over a city councillor on the floor of Toronto City Council chambers and also made crude remarks about his sex life with his wife. Ford was always a reviled figure on the Left, but his antics alienated many conservative politicians although he retains a loyal following among a constituency known simply as "Ford Nation".