Sarah Thomson, Former Toronto Mayoral Candidate, Apologizes For Not Defeating Rob Ford

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Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson claims “dozens” of people told her Friday they wish she had beaten Rob Ford in 2010. (Facebook)
Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson claims “dozens” of people told her Friday they wish she had beaten Rob Ford in 2010. (Facebook)

Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson has apologized for not defeating Rob Ford in 2010 and claimed "dozens" of people told her Friday they wish she had.

"I'm sorry Toronto I tried my best," she wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

But is the controversial former candidate being a little hard on herself?

Thomson quit the mayoral race three years ago just weeks before Ford's landslide victory.

At the time of her exit, she was sitting dead last among a field of candidates that included Ford, former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, Councillor Joe Pantalone and former executive Rocco Rossi.

Rossi also quit the race before the vote.

Thomson told The Toronto Star in 2010 that a poll showing her at just 6.4 per cent, with Ford boasting a 24-point lead over Smitherman, convinced her to drop out.

"While acknowledging this great opportunity for change and growth, I also realize that our city faces a great peril," Thomson said at the time. "We risk handing over the office of greatest local influence on the basis of anger and reaction – not that of responsible thought and mature policy."

Though Thomson endorsed Smitherman, her name remained on the ballot because she quit the race too late.

She received 1,883 total votes, placing her in 10th. Rossi received 5,012. Ford received 383,501.

Toronto resident George Babula, featured in the video below, received 3,273 votes.

But this isn't the first time Thomson has slagged off Ford online.

In March, Thomson took to Facebook to accuse Ford of hitting on her and grabbing her "ass" at an event hosted by the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee. Her image of a disheveled looking Ford quickly went viral.

"I've never seen him so out of it," she wrote. "I know I shouldn't be pissed but after spending 10 months on the campaign trail together you expect a little bit of respect at the very least for my husband."

Ford denied the accusations, saying he was surprised that "a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf." On his radio show, Ford questioned whether Thomson was "playing with a full deck of cards."

Days later, Thomson told a Toronto radio station that she thought Ford was high on cocaine at the time of the alleged incident, but admitted she had no proof.

Thomson, the publisher of Women’s Post, was lambasted in June after she teased that the magazine had "the video."

"Just trying to get our video server embedded... releasing it tomorrow at noon," she wrote on Facebook.

Naturally, many assumed she was referring to a video of Ford that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine.

Instead, she posted a music video bemoaning Toronto's transit situation that begins with a cloud of smoke.

YouTube commenters were not amused, but it appears some of the most scathing remarks have since been deleted.

"I don't know what's worse," wrote one. "The production value of this video or the lame way you scammed people into watching it."

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