Toronto mayor plans on staying

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM EDT

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Toronto mayor plans on staying

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM EDT

Engulfed in controversy, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told reporters he plans on staying in office even as his support staff thins.

Ford has been accused of using crack cocaine based on a video viewed by some reporters. The video, however, has not surfaced.

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Ford spoke to the media very briefly Thursday indicating he will stay in office.

“I’m not stepping aside, I’m running in the next election. If the great people of this city want to go in a different direction, then that’s what their prerogative is, but I guarantee my name will be on the ballot,” he said.

Five members of Ford's staff have quit in recent weeks as the controversy stirred.

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