Despite her own determination and a strong campaign team, in the face of mounting debts and tepid poll results , Women's Post publisher Sarah Thomson has thrown in the towel on her bid for the Toronto mayoralty; giving her support to George Smitherman in an effort to defeat front-running Rob Ford.
According to an online story in The Globe and Mail, her campaign manager George Tory called Bruce Davis, Smitherman's campaign manager Monday night to say that they would be backing his candidate.
“We saw that poll, combined with all the other polls and we had run out of money a couple of months ago,” she said in an interview with The Globe and Mail Tuesday. “It was at the point where everyone else was coming on strong with advertising and we realized we had to do what is right for Toronto.”
The result of a Nanos Research poll last week showed Ford with a 24-point lead over Smitherman.
“That’s the moment when I realized, look I’ve got to show Toronto what Rob Ford is like,” she said. “I had been sticking on message just talking about myself but I really realized I had to make sure people understood what he was all about.”