Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 4 reasons the drama keeps getting stranger

Why does Rob Ford continue to grab headlines, now delivering shock and awe not only to Torontonians and Canadians, but to bemused observers around the world?

3. He remains popular for a sizable bloc of Torontonians.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a council meeting as councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

Many pundits have attributed Ford’s 2010 electoral victory to a deep disconnect between “downtown” city voters, who tend to vote liberal, and “suburban” city voters, who tend to be more conservative in their outlook. That could help explain why polls continue to show that, notwithstanding Ford's less-than-professional behavior, a solid bloc of voters remains supportive of him staying in office until the next elections or he is legally removed.

Illustrating at least one aspect of his persistent popularity, Ford attended a game Sunday of the Toronto Argonauts, the city’s professional Canadian Football League team, and was given what the Globe and Mail newspaper called “rock star treatment” by fans. As one voter told The Associated Press over the weekend: "Yes, he is an embarrassment, but not a thief.”

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