Stintz not interested in 'empty apology' from Ford
Published Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:46PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:35PM EDT
Toronto mayoral candidate Karen Stintz says she was “shocked” and “embarrassed” by an audio recording in which Rob Ford appears to make lewd comments about her while at a bar, along with homophobic and derogatory remarks about others.
The Toronto Sun reported on Wednesday that it had obtained the audio recording.
“I’d like to f-----g jam her (Stintz), but she doesn’t want ... I can’t talk like this...I’m so sorry,” Ford is allegedly heard saying on the recording. “I forgot there’s a woman in the house.”
Ford also appears to say he could no longer vote for Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak because he supported the raising of the rainbow flag at Queen’s Park to protest anti-gay legislation in Russia. In another part of the recording, slurs against Italians are used.
According to the Sun report, a “wasted” Ford was also seen buying shooters at the bar.
Stintz told News Channel that she was at home with her young son and daughter Wednesday night when reports first surfaced about the audio recording.
“There hasn’t been an apology and if the mayor was going to apologize, he would have done so last night,” she said. “I’m not interested in an empty apology.”
Stinz also said she had to “prepare” her children before they went to school Thursday.
“I explained to them that the mayor has said some mean things about mommy, and that the kids might hear about it in the schoolyard … and if they had any questions about what they heard then they should tell me about it.”
“It’s these kinds of conversations I’ve had with my kids about crack, about trafficking, and now it’s about their mother,” Stintz added.
Stintz said she “couldn’t believe” what the mayor was saying.
“Although I shouldn’t be surprised,” she said. “He has a long history of speaking very negatively toward certain groups.”
The audio recording was first reported by the Sun Wednesday night, within hours of another report from Globe and Mail alleging video and audio evidence of Ford smoking crack cocaine and being highly intoxicated in public.
CTV News has not been able to verify the authenticity of the video images or the audio recording.
As the new allegations swirled, Ford announced he would be taking a leave of absence from city hall and the mayoral campaign to enter rehab and deal with his personal issues.
“I really genuinely hope that he gets the help he needs,” Stintz added.