Rob Ford wants council to reappoint him as mayor if he's tossed out of office next month.
Ford made the comment Thursday night on Newstalk 1010, during an unsolicited call to the radio station hours after a judge dismissed a $6-million libel suit against him.
In a seven-and-a-half-minute interview with Newstalk's Jack Berkovits, Ford sounded pleased with the outcome of the suit, which was brought against him by Boardwalk Pub operator George Foulidis over a 2010 interview Ford gave to the Toronto Sun.
But the mayor acknowledged that he's not out of the woods yet. On January 7 he will appeal Justice Charles Hackland's November conflict of interest ruling that ordered him out of office, and the results of an audit of his 2010 campaign finances are also expected next month. Both could cost him his job.
"Down one, and two more to go," Ford said. "It's one case. Personally speaking, I think it's all ridiculous, it's all politically motivated. And it's not just me, a lot of people are saying it."
Ford then told Berkovits that if he loses the conflict of interest appeal next month, he hopes council will vote to reinstate him to the mayor's chair.
"Hopefully I'll get appointed," Ford said. "Hopefully I'll win the appeal, [but] if I don't I'll get appointed."
If the mayor is tossed, council has the option of either appointing someone - including Ford - to the position, or calling a $7-million by-election. On Thursday, Ford reiterated that if councillors choose the latter, he will campaign to win back the top job at City Hall.
"No matter what happens, I'm going to run again," he said. "They can't stop me from running, and we'll see what happens."
The interview took an unexpected turn when Berkovits told Ford that his son-in-law had recently seen the mayor's bank statements after the mayor left them behind at an ATM.
Berkovits indicated the statements showed Ford was wealthy, and said that the judge in his conflict of interest case should have taken that into account. Justice Hackland ruled in November that Ford broke the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act over a council motion absolving him of repaying $3,150 he improperly solicited from lobbyists for his football foundation.
Berkovits said that that amount was too small to pose a conflict for a man as rich as Ford.
"I would have said to Justice Hackland, you think I give a hoot about $3,150?" Berkovits told the mayor.
"Well, you know what, I've been pretty fortunate in life, Jack, and you have too," Ford responded.
In his ruling, Justice Hackland acknowledged that the amount of money involved in the case was relatively small, but that it still presented a conflict to Ford himself told council he strenuously objected to repaying the money.
A three-judge panel is expected to rule on Ford's conflict appeal by February.