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The spoofs of the mayoral candidates continue

I've had quite a few laughs perusing the spoofs of Rocco Rossi's tough guy ad campaign we solicited yesterday, but today I found something that might be even better. In response to our call to play with Rossi's posters, photographer and occasional blogTO guest contributor Hamish Grant dropped a gem in our Flickr pool. Still a jab at Rossi - particularly if you remember Nicky Santoro's fate at the end of Casino - it somewhat more democratically includes Rob Ford (a.k.a "Ace" Rothstein) and Sarah Thomson (the lovely Ginger).

This is quite the stretch, but the characters from the movie do kind of offer a humorous mirror to the candidates depicted, if not the relationships they share.

  • Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) is bat-shit crazy in the movie, and willing to do anything to maintain power. Rossi doesn't really have any power, but he's still being a bit of a lunatic in an effort to try and get it. "Toronto Tunnel" anyone?
  • Ace Rothstein (via Robert De Niro) is surely more intelligent than Ford, but both character and candidate are one-trick ponies. Ace only knows how to be a handicapper, and Ford can only preach about cutting waste at City Hall. Give Ford the city to manage and the results will be as miserable as Rothstien's reign at the Tangiers.
  • How does Thomson resemble the Sharon Stone-played Ginger? Well, aside from the fact that they can get rather annoying at times, they're both an odd mix of the pragamtatic and delusional.

Too much? Maybe. But still, I like the poster - and given the current crop of candidates, I can see the next mayor's tenure ending in much the same fashion as the character's lives do...ruins.

Check out the full poster below.

20100921-Toronto mayoral Election spoof

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