As It Happens

Mark Towhey, Rob Ford's old chief of staff, on chaotic life inside mayor's office

Mark Towhey, former chief of staff to Rob Ford, joins Carol Off in studio to discuss his newly released book, Uncontrollable: How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious Mayor.
Mark Towhey, former chief of staff to Rob Ford, joins As It Happens host Carol Off in studio to discuss his new book, Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable: How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious Mayor (Brian Peterson/Skyhorse Publishing/CBC)

During the Rob Ford era, it seemed like a lurid new scandal about the mayor emerged every day -- any one of which could have ended another politician's career. And yet, today, Ford still holds office in Toronto, as a city councilor. Just this past weekend, he and his brother Doug hosted a rally for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper in Rexdale. The two men were photographed smiling, side by side, just blocks away from where the infamous "crack tape" was shot.

Two years ago, as revelations about Ford's drug and alcohol use emerged, Mark Towhey was there in the thick of it. At the time, Towhey was Ford's chief of staff. Now, he's telling his story.

"It was like living through a murder mystery where something happened, the lights go dim, come back up, and someone's missing and you had to try and figure it out," Towhey tells As It Happens host Carol Off.

Towhey joins Carol in-studio to discuss his newly released book Uncontrollable: How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious Mayor.

Mark Towhey, second from left, was in Rob Ford's inner circle for years before he parted ways with the infamous mayor. (CBC)

To hear the full length interview please click on the Listen audio link above. 

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