Liberal official apologizes for crude remark about Doug Ford
'I think people think Doug Ford's a bit of a dick, to be honest,' Wynne campaign co-chair says
A senior campaign official for the Ontario Liberals is apologizing for a crude comment he made on live television about Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.
"Doug Ford has a long history of using derogatory and insulting terms to refer to a wide range of people with whom he disagrees — including female journalists, parents of autistic children and many others," Herle said in the statement.
Herle appeared on a panel discussion on Toronto TV station CP24 earlier in the day, where he compared Ford to his late brother, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Herle said, "I think people liked Rob Ford and I think people think Doug Ford's a bit of a dick, to be honest."
Wynne, who's fighting for re-election this spring, said earlier this evening that Herle should apologize but he would stay on in his position.
At a campaign event in Chatham, Ont., this evening, Ford said he would take the "high road" and not resort to name-calling, but that Herle should step down, saying his words are insulting to PC supporters.
"But what bothers me the most is what he's saying, he's insulting the people of Ontario that want to move this province forward. He's insulting my supporters that consist of PC, Liberal and NDP [voters]."
Ontarians go to the polls on June 7.
With files from CBC News