Mayor fights his inner Rob Ford
January 2nd, 2014
11:58 AM ET
9 months ago

Mayor fights his inner Rob Ford

Washington (CNN) - Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak took to Twitter Thursday – his last day on the job – to poke fun at Rob Ford, the controversial, crack smoking mayor of Toronto.

"Only a couple hours left. Must...suppress...inner...Rob...Ford," Rybak tweeted.

After declining to run for reelection in 2013, Rybak will step aside on Thursday and his successor, Democrat Betsy Hodges, will be sworn after winning a crowded race for the job.

Unlike Rybak, who ran Minneapolis with little controversy for 12 years, Ford became an infamous name in 2013 for admitting that he had smoked crack cocaine and drank too much while mayor. The rumors started in May, when allegations emerged that he appeared to be smoking crack from a pipe on cell phone video that was taken in 2012.

Despite calls for him to step down – along with other stories about questionable behavior – Ford remained defiant, using colorful language and actions to stand his ground.

In fact, Ford filed to run for reelection on Wednesday.

For Rybak, using Twitter to get a laugh or alert residents of big news is nothing new: The mayor is credited with being one of the first big city mayors to embrace the social media platform.

After leaving the mayor's office, Rybak will become the executive director of Generation Next, an organization in Minneapolis that aims for "educational excellence and narrowing the achievement gap," according to their website.


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  1. Tampa Tim

    Rybak was one of the first mayors to endorse President Obama in 2008. So he must be a pretty smart man.

    January 2, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |