Normally it would be plain good taste and courtesy to give someone space and privacy when they’ve checked into a rehab facility. However, in the case of Rob Ford it is perfectly reasonable to scrutinize his supposed rehab situation for a number of reasons.
1. Ford’s track record clearly shows that he has a very creative relationship with the truth. In the past, little that he’s said could be taken at face value.
2. There seem to be some major inconsistencies and discrepancies on the story that the press were given about Ford’s plans when he left last week. Flying to Chicago, or making people think you’ve flown to Chicago, then disappearing and returning to Canada, is not a confidence building strategy. It would have been far more straight forward to state that he was going to an undisclosed location. The convoluted deception just adds fuel to the fire.
3. As I stated in my post from several days ago, the whole situation seems a bit odd and smells contrived.
As a public official currently involved in an election campaign, the public deserves some clarity on this. Ford has a right to privacy, and I’m sure he may be in a situation where the privacy of others could be an issue as well, but laying more deception on the pile that already exists is not clarity. The public and the media are totally justified in being skeptical and Ford does have a responsibility to be at least somewhat transparent about his rehab.
Those that say, “Leave him alone,” see Rob Ford as the victim here. He’s not. He’s made the choice not to abdicate his position as mayor and by running in the election has made his integrity fair game for scrutiny.