Toronto mayor fighting allegations he smoked crack cocaine

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    TORONTO, CANADA (CNN) -- The mayor of Toronto says he doesn't use crack cocaine, and he says allegations of drug use won't push him out of office. The focus of the controversy has turned to the reported existence of a video, which would suggest otherwise.

    He just can't shake the video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, the one he says doesn't exist and is no threat to his job.

    For days now, the Toronto Star newspaper has been claiming that drug dealers showed two of its reporters a video of the mayor smoking cocaine. Rob Ford says no way. He says, "I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine."

    But his words have only fired up his critics and the Toronto Star, which now claims the mayor not only knows there's a video but knows who has it and where to find it.

    Councilor Doug Ford is the mayor's brother and defender-in-chief. He says, "I spoke to the mayor, I spoke to his staff, they said these allegations are completely false."

    But on Thursday two more of the mayor's staffers' quit over the controversy. He's lost five in one week.

    Although, the jokes do write themselves. Jon Stewart joked on "The Daily Show" saying, "Hey, hey, don't judge him! Maybe he's cleaning up the city by smoking all the crack in it. You're next prostitution rings!" Jay Leno said, "But to be fair, there's not a lot to do in Toronto."

    Toronto: boring no longer thanks to Rob Ford, but this scandal could yet take a sinister turn.

    Toronto police tell CNN they are monitoring the situation closely, and ford admits he has known drug dealers, including one who was recently murdered and is allegedly linked to this scandal.

    Even so, he says he won't quit; he's running again. Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry did it, and he admitted to drug use and even served time.

    Critics are circling, though, waiting for the video to surface, but until it does, this mayor is putting new meaning to the words, you can't fight city hall.

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