Mar 08, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s chief of staff is challenging accusations that Ford made suggestive comments and touched a former female mayoral candidate inappropriately.

Sarah Thomson alleges it happened last night at a Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee party.

She says the mayor told her she should have come with him on a recent trip to Florida, adding his wife wasn’t there — and “grabbed” her behind – when they posed for a picture.

Ford’s chief of staff Mark Towhey says  none of the staff members present heard the alleged comments, and in fact Ford’s wife and children were with him in Florida last week.

Here is the statement issued from the mayor’s office:

“Last night I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event to support the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee.

This is an event that is attended by numerous political leaders and where I have been a guest in the past.

Early this morning, false allegations were made regarding a number of disgusting actions. I am shocked, dismayed and surprised. I can say without hesitation that they are absolutely, completely false.

What is more surprising is that a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf on a day where we should be celebrating women across the globe.

This is a day we should all take the time to reflect upon the women in our lives and in our society. It is a day when we can envision the changes we want to make in our communities to ensure that all people are equal and that violence and discrimination against women comes to an end. ”

The mayor will not be commenting further at this point.

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