George Christopoulos, Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s spokesman who resigned in the wake of the ongoing video scandal, has been hired by the Building Industry and Land Development Association in the newly created position of vice-president of communications and media relations, BILD announced Tuesday.
“Before joining the mayor’s office, he was an integral part of the Toronto Police Service’s communications team for nearly a decade,” BILD announced. He starts July 2.
“He is a strategic thinker, a relationship-builder and an award-winning writer.”
For 16 months, the former Toronto Sun reporter was at Ford’s side, helping guide his daily communications and through various gaffes and scandals, the Toronto Star has reported.
But on May 28 Christopoulos and Isaac Ransom, a special assistant for communications, quietly slipped out of City Hall, the Star reported. They were among an exodus of six staffers in Ford’s office, including chief of staff Mark Towhey who was fired.
Sources told the Star Christopoulos and Ranson quit on principle because they felt they could not continue in good conscience after Ford said: “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist.”
In mid-May, two Star reporters wrote a drug dealer had shown them a video that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe. Ford has since said such a video does not exist, but refuses to answer further questions about it.
See the BILD news release here.