Toronto Mayor Rob Ford celebrates Canada's first goal
against Team USA during their men's ice hockey semi-final
game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. REUTERS/Aaron
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he had recently consumed
alcohol, but not excessively, as he tries to get clean after
admitting last year that he smoked crack while drunk and drove
Ford publicly pledged last year to stay away from drugs and
alcohol and said at the time he had stopped drinking
But last month a video of Ford ranting in a Jamaican accent
and slurring his words at a suburban eatery was posted
online. At the time, he called the episode a "minor setback."
In an interview with NBC on Tuesday, Ford conceded that he
has used alcohol recently but said he has not abused it.
"Have I had a drink? Yes I have, but not to the point of some
of the episodes before," the 44-year-old mayor said on the
network's "Today" program, adding that things are "going
"Maybe you're perfect, but I'm not," he told "Today" co-host
Matt Lauer. "We're moving on in a positive direction."
Ford said he is still committed to putting the problems with
alcohol and illegal drug use behind him, trading them in for
daily workouts and door-to-door campaigning ahead of
October's municipal elections.
"That's past me," said Ford, adding that he was "going to the
gym every day, down a few pounds and just going door-to-door
"I don't use illegal drugs. I experimented with them, like,
probably a year ago, but I don't use drugs," he added.
Still, embarrassing episodes continue to vex the mayor.
Earlier this month, Canadian media reported Ford received a
ticket for jaywalking in Vancouver.
Ford said he faces 34 challengers in the Oct. 27 election and
was "in great shape" to face them in the contest.
"Right after this interview, I'm dying to use the gym," he