May 27, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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New York-based website Gawker has reached its $200,000 fundraising goal to buy what it says is a cellphone video that appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

However, whether the site will in fact be able to get the video remains unclear.

This news comes as two more members of Mayor Ford’s staff have left their jobs.

Ford told reporters today that press secretary George Christopoulos and his deputy, Isaac Ransom, have decided to go down a different avenue.

He said he wished them the best of luck in future endeavours and thanked them for working hard.

But he did not provide any further details — saying he does not comment on personnel matters.

Ford also apologized for derogatory comments he made about the media yesterday — using his weekly radio show to lambaste them as “a bunch a maggots.”

Ford remains embroiled in a scandal that he was caught on an alleged video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.

He has denied he uses crack cocaine and said the video doesn’t exist.

Last week, Ford and his chief of staff Mark Towhey parted ways.

In a tweet after news surfaced that the staffers had left, Towhey called Christopolous and Ransom “outstanding, honest and honourable professionals.”

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