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Demler sets off Twitter storm, calls Ford "a sweetheart of a guy"

By Alan Pergament

Channel 2 co-anchor Maryalice Demler set off a Twitter storm during the Buffalo Bills game with Atlanta Sunday night by posting a picture of herself alongside controversial, disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and adding that he was "a sweetheart of a guy."

Here's what she wrote about Ford, who has been in the national and international news after admitting to smoking crack cocaine. "Sweetheart of a guy. A Bills fans. Down to earth. Loves the Queen City. Sounded sincere. I don't judge."

The photo and Demler's Two Cents enlivened Twitter during the Bills' 34-31 overtime loss. (It reportedly has been deleted.)

I was embarrassed for Demler and her station and tweeted "the only other anchor who would be photographed with Rob Ford is Ron Burgundy. But I judge."

Burgundy is the fictional foolish anchor played by Will Ferrell in "Anchorman" and the sequel that will soon be in theaters. But you probably know that.

Here are some other tweets from my followers. I hope I am giving the proper credit: 

Ch.7 anchor-reporter John Borsa: "Which criminal or suspected criminal should I pose with for my holiday cards this year?"(Borsa should know that Ford isn't a criminal.)

Kevin Pritchard: "Maryalice is from North Tonawanda. Crack use doesn't phase her." (Ouch. He's kidding NT).

Pritchard again: "I think @WGRZ may want to give @BillCollinsPR a call."

Christopher Smith: "(The picture) might be the best thing to ever happen on Twitter."

James Kurdziel: "I wonder if Maryalice has a pic with O.J. Simpson. You know the OTHER "sweetheart of a guy."

Ian Ott: "Guys they (Channel 2) only have to hold people in Western New York accountable. Toronto is in a whole different country. It's like a vacation."

Chris Grant: "Can you imagine if a pol tweeted that Mayor Ford is a sweetheart. WGRZ would salivate."

I'm sure there are a lot of funnier ones tweeted by now. If you want to be cracked up and can use a laugh after the Bills' heartbreaking loss, I suggest you head to Twitter now. I won't judge.

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