Copycat? Recall Janice Daniels Group Seeing Red Over No Troy Recall Signs
Some say new signs from No Troy Recall bear a striking resemblance to signs from Recall Janice Daniels – what do you think?
In March, political action committee Recall Janice Daniels printed its new logo for the first time, attaching it as a bumper sticker to clipboards that would be used to collect the nearly 9,000 signatures needed to trigger a recall election on Nov. 6 for Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who first came under fire in December for using a gay slur on her personal Facebook page.
This month, No Troy Recall – a political action committee recently formed in support of the mayor – had signs printed that some say bear a striking resemblance to the logo and signs used by Recall Janice Daniels.
“We first noticed the signs on the 24th," said John Kulesz, co-founder of Recall Janice Daniels, on Thursday. "We got a phone call from a supporter.”
Kulesz said the signs are quite similar in font, color scheme, and even the large red exclamation point.
"It’s unfortunate that Mayor Daniels has chosen to copy the hard work of the recall volunteers," Kulesz said. "Clearly she’s opted for a campaign of deception. A true leader wouldn’t attempt to deceive the voters.”
But Ray Watts, treasurer for No Troy Recall, said he does not believe the signs look that similar, pointing out that the Recall Janice Daniels signs have black lettering while their signs do not.
“There was no intent to be similar at all," Watts said. "It’s pretty much coincidence."
Watts said he didn't recall doing any work on the signs himself and that the signs were designed by Pontiac-based Done Right Enterprises.
"The name No Troy Recall was sent to the sign company, and quite frankly, they designed the sign in about four versions," Watts said. "Three or four versions came to us, and we decided which one to use."
Done Right Enterprises co-owner Kevin Ollila, however, said they rarely design logos for their customers, and No Troy Recall was not an exception.
"We’re a printer," Ollila said. "We’re a screen printer. We take what’s submitted and create the sign.”
He said that the company's artist will sometimes work with a client to create a design, but in this case, "there was nothing changed."
"Nothing happened differently than what would normally happen," Ollila said. "In that case, we go by the direct guidance of our client. We don’t just make up signs.”
Watts maintains any design similarities between their signs and the Recall Janice Daniels signs are just a coincidence. "Even if it were similar in their opinion, I don’t know if there’s a law against it," he said.
"It’s disappointing," Kulesz said. "If Mayor Daniels were to display true leadership, she would make it about what she’s done in office. She doesn’t want to. She wants to make it on anything but a referendum on her leadership.”
Do you think the signs are similar? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below!