Anyone but Ford, Thomson urges

By throwing her support behind George Smitherman, former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson hopes to stop Rob Ford from becoming the next mayor of Toronto, she told Observer Thursday.

“I would not want to live in a city run by Ford,” Thomson said. “I wanted to keep on running, but there comes a time when you’ve got to put your ego aside and do what’s best for the city.”

Before Thomson dropped out of the race and backed Smitherman, rumours circulated that she would support Rocco Rossi. But his inability to break double digits in the polls and his policies were the main reason why she didn’t throw Rossi her support, she said.

“I like Rocco, but George’s policies are more inline with mine. We both agree on expanding transit and arts funding,” Thomson said. “Overall, Smitherman has the highest possibility of winning [over Rob Ford].”

Despite her decision, Ford’s camp says they won’t deviate from their election plan, no matter who drops out or what the polls say, campaign spokesperson Adrienne Batra said.