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Rob Ford's Campaign Manager Was Arrested for Allegedly Breaking into a Kelseys to Drink

Nick Kouvalis was with failed Progressive Conservative nominee Sarah Warry-Poljanski at the time.

by Manisha Krishnan
Dec 28 2017, 5:42pm

Nick Kouvalis and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Photo By Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

Conservative strategist Nick Kouvalis and failed Ontario Progressive Conservative nominee Sarah Warry-Poljanski, 33, were arrested for allegedly breaking into a Kesleys restaurant after hours in September to drink “some beverages.”

Kouvalis, who worked on the campaigns of Toronto Mayors Rob Ford and John Tory and federal Conservative candidate Kellie Leitch, and Warry-Poljanski, whose website lists her as an addictions counsellor, broke into the Kesleys in Burlington, Ontario, at around 2 AM September 26, according to police. The day before, Warry-Poljanski had lost the provincial Tory nomination in Hamilton Mountain.

Const. Colin MacLeod of Halton Regional Police Service told the CBC the two appeared to be “intoxicated” when they were caught inside Kesley's, having set off the establishment’s alarm. It looked like they had “taken some beverages,” he said.

Kouvalis, 41, was arrested for drunk driving last April after he crashed his car in Windsor, Ontario. He then resigned from Leitch’s Tory leadership campaign. In a series of tweets, he admitted he has struggled with alcohol addiction since 2011.

“I was hopeful that after a stint in rehab and regular attendance at AA mtgs that I had it under control. It has become apparent I do not,” he tweeted. “I am grateful I have received this timely wake up call and look forward to starting my journey to permanent sobriety.”

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