Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has one year to fight for the city's top job
He's moved from one controversy to another in his first three years in office -- but experts aren't counting out Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's chances at re-election next year.
Nominations open in January, and Ford has already said he'll run again despite allegations he was captured on video smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
The mayor says he doesn't use the drug and the video doesn't exist but the incident has made him the butt of jokes on late-night U-S television.
Political science professor Myer Siemiatycki (SEE'-mee-atch-key) of Toronto's Ryerson University says it's unusual for an official surrounded by so much scandal to run again.
But he says the election a year from today may be a test of how unorthodox a political leader can be and still get re-elected.
Another analyst -- Peter Graefe at McMaster University in Hamilton -- adds those in an uproar over Ford's behaviour probably didn't vote for him to begin with.
Ford's former chief of staff Mark Towhey says the mayor's supporters like the actions he's taken to cut costs and will ignore his ``hijinks'' if the alternative is a mayor who will raise taxes.