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Troy, Mich., ousts homophobic mayor Janice Daniels in recall election

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TROY, Mich. — Janice Daniels, the homophobic mayor of Troy, Mich., who has previously called homosexuality “a mental disease,” was ousted from office Tuesday in a recall election.

With all precincts reporting, Daniels was recalled by a 52-48 percent vote.

Janice Daniels

Daniels, who closely identified herself with the local Tea Party, received negative attention last year when a Facebook status surfaced that she had made not long before her election, which read, “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

She was embroiled in further controversy after members of a local high school Gay-Straight Alliance accused her of making homophobic remarks during a meeting with them last January.

“The mayor of Troy told my daughter this afternoon that she wants to bring in a panel of psychologists to explain to the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance that homosexuality is a mental disease,” Rodney Curtis, a parent wrote on his Facebook page.

In an attempt to deflect statements criticizing her stance, Daniels further antagonized voters and the community in Troy with her statements, including a comparison of the dangers of the “homosexual lifestyle” to smoking cigarettes.

Not long after that meeting, local Attorney John Kulesz spearhead the recall campaign after Daniels received considerable negative attention.

The recall campaign brought in over $18,000 in donations, attracted more than 100 volunteers and has received the support of community leaders, including three City Council members. Despite a last-minute challenge from the mayor herself, the Recall Janice Daniels group succeeded in their effort to place the recall on the Nov. 6 ballot, turning in almost 9,000 signatures in July.

During efforts to organize the recall, Kulez told reporters, “We have a lot of work to do to make Troy’s reputation what it was, I think, and the first step is removing the mayor. We want to stop the embarrassment of Troy.”

The recall raised the issue over Daniels’ negative statements about city employees and her vote against a proposed transit center backed by millions of federal funding.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. Buh bye bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:28am
  2. HATE THIS

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:30am
  3. Now they need to get Bachmann out too

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:31am
  4. And the good news just keeps on coming!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:35am
  5. Homosexuality was removed as a “mental disorder” by the American Psychiatric Association back in 1973. She apparently did not get that memo. Obviously got lost in the mail.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:42am
  6. Its my opinion that those who protest too loudly are closet cases, and fear their own feelings. Good bye Homophobe.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:46am
  7. Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:57am
  8. Bye bye bigot!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:06pm
  9. “Discrimination against homosexuals has no place in our religion, the first to teach that God is equally present in beings of all sexual orientations” http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5294

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:08pm
  10. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, biiiaaatttccch.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:09pm
  11. just imagine is romney had won… she would have been given a badge of honour! what a Tit!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:20pm
  12. Later hater!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:29pm
  13. In the words of George Jefferson, “Don’t let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord split ya!”

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:31pm
  14. Amen!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:44pm
  15. Bye Bye!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:43pm
  16. Good!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:44pm
  17. she is a crazy person

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:57pm
  18. Homophobia: the fear that gay men are going to treat you the way you treat women and that a lesbian will treat your woman better than you do

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:09pm
  19. lol, tie her to a cross and start the fire from the bottom… That’s what the GOP way

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:53pm
  20. Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:09pm
  21. awww ..not!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00am
  22. I think we should list narrow-mindedness as a medical disease.

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:08am
  23. Heave-Ho!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:20am
  24. i think they need psychiatric care.. it can ve

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:26am
  25. be healed

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:27am
  26. Ass clown

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:07am
  27. Goodbye to this crazy bitch.

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:36am
  28. Pity the poor republicans. Who are they gonna bash for the ignoramus vote, now that Gays, Latinos and Blacks are not working for them? hehe

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:31pm
  29. Goodbye BIGOT!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:42pm
  30. go to hell republicans

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:47pm
  31. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 3:01pm
  32. Scary lady.

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:37pm
  33. Sweet

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:03pm
  34. I was one of the people who looked her in the eye at a city council meeting and told her that she would be held accountable. THANK YOU to all who organized, spread the word, voted & supported the effort to do just that! Buh bye hater, you are NOT welcome here.

    Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:02am