Rob Ford’s office says former mayor won’t read city councillor’s book on ‘the phenomenon of Rob Ford’

A city councillor’s new book about is being promoted as an intimate portrait of the man and his historic implosion as mayor.

Ward 23 Councillor , a former journalist who spent several years sitting near Ford in city council chambers, will release the book, “: Inside the Uncommon World of Rob Ford,” on Oct. 27.

His publisher, Random House , says Filion penetrates past the myriad scandals that marred Ford’s time as mayor to show as “a boy still longing for the approval of his father and struggling with the impossible expectations of a family that imagined itself a political dynasty.”

Tyler Anderson /  National PostTyler Anderson / National PostCouncillor Rob Ford speaks to the media during a council debate about the future of the elevated portion of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street in Toronto, Thursday June 11, 2015.

“We have yet to understand both the man and the phenomenon of Rob Ford: what drives him, why he acts the way he does, what’s important to him,” reads a statement from Random House.

A spokesman said Ford, now a city councillor, and Filion “don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of stuff,” — but noted that Filion does participate in Ford’s football pool.

“All I can say is Councillor Filion was looking to speak to Councillor Ford in relation to the book, and to my knowledge Councillor Ford declined to do so,” Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs said via email.

“Councillor Ford did also mention to me that it’s highly unlikely he’ll be reading the book, he hasn’t read any of the others, and he’s extremely busy returning phone calls and meeting residents.”

Before entering politics in the 1980s, Filion worked as a reporter with the Toronto Star and the North York Mirror. He is currently the councillor for Willowdale.

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