The latest is the arrest of Ford's friend Alexander Lisi on various trafficking and criminal offences. In spite of the attempt to portray him as only an "occasional driver" of the mayor, it sounds like it was a little closer relationship than that:
... she often saw the mayor park his black Escalade in front of Lisi’s home on Madill Street in Etobicoke and make a quick phone call. Lisi would then come out of the house and lean in to the driver’s side window for a few minutes.The Toronto Star also reports Rob Ford's reaction:
“There’s a side door on the Lisi residence and Lisi comes out, walks across, leans in and back he goes,” Peck, 75, told the Star.
“I’m out a lot walking on the street so you see a lot. You know, how often do you see one of these trucks, these Escalades? I hate to tell you, you can’t miss Rob Ford. The truck and him go hand-in-hand.”....
At a press conference at a gas station near his home later in the day, the mayor expressed surprise that Lisi had been arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking.This was followed by brother Doug Ford throwing Lisi under the bus.
“He’s a good guy,” Ford said. “I don’t throw my friends under the bus.”
“I have no comment. I’ve never met this person. I don’t know him, never talked to him in my life, so I can’t comment.”The story also reports:
Lisi has a lengthy record of interaction with police, including convictions for threatening and assaulting women. He has acted as an occasional driver and security guard for the mayor, showing up the morning the crack video scandal broke and shadowing the mayor as reporters sought comment.And who holds a press conference at a gas station?
He also drove the mayor to and from the Garrison Ball, an event where Ford was asked to leave because he appeared impaired.