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TORONTO -- The embattled-mayor of Toronto took firm control of the narrative surrounding crack-cocaine use allegations that have plagued him in recent days, vowing Sunday not to let media he described as "maggots" interfere with his running of Canada's largest city.
Mayor Rob Ford used a weekly radio show to decry his critics, tout his own political record and declare his intention to seek re-election when the city goes to the polls in 2014.
He even lamented the loss of his volunteer high school football coaching job in the midst of the controversy, a development his brother, who joined him on the airwaves, suggested higher political forces may have had a hand in.
The mayor's tone on Sunday -- authoritative and self assured -- was markedly different from the anger and avoidance of the press displayed in previous days since reports surfaced of a video which allegedly shows him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
"This is all ridiculous. No matter what you say, I've found out, to the media, you're never going to make them happy," Rob Ford said on NewsTalk1010.
"I've addressed these allegations and it's unfortunate that you get put in this situation, but we're moving forward."
Ford -- who has faced calls to step down in recent days -- added he plans to start campaigning for the next municipal election as soon as legally possible, saying "I'll be the first one putting my name on that ballot."
The mayor's brother, Coun. Doug Ford, drove much of the conversation on Sunday's radio show, lashing out at critics who've suggested his family has drawn much negative attention to the city.
Doug Ford found himself under scrutiny as well after a Globe and Mail article on Saturday claimed he dealt hashish in Toronto for several years in the '80s -- allegations he has categorically denied.
"I never start a fight, but when someone comes up and punches you in the head 15 times, tries to attack your credibility, your character, try to go after your family's character... I go swinging back," he said.
"This is new politics in Toronto and it was driven by some journalism. Journalism in my opinion has sunk to an all-time low."
A turbulent week for Rob Ford included abruptly losing his chief of staff -- rumours suggest Mark Towhey was fired after he urged the mayor to get help -- and seeing his duties as a volunteer coach to a Toronto school brought to an end.
The mayor made it a point to talk about no longer coaching the football team at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, saying "it's sad" he doesn't hold the post anymore.
-- The Canadian Press