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Poll: What Should Troy Mayor Do Now?

Newly elected Mayor Janice Daniels drew heavy widespread criticism Friday for posting an anti-gay remark to her personal Facebook page.

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels after an anti-gay status update she posted on her Facebook page in June went viral Friday afternoon. The post reads:

"I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."

In several interviews with other news organizations – and in a comment posted by Daniels on Troy Patch – Daniels confirmed posting the status update to her page and defended the statement.

"I firmly support marriage as being defined as between one man and one woman and I am not going to change my position," Daniels commented in part. "That said, I love all people and will continue to work towards promoting a vibrant City of Troy."

The story, which was originally posted on , was quickly picked up nationally and drew hundreds of comments, tweets and Facebook messages Friday evening – many of which called for action.

"Not only (is) an apology is due, I believe that positions such as a city official should not be held by ignorant/homophobic/sexist/racist/ill-mannered people," Lucy Beatty wrote on Troy Patch's Facebook page.

"Troy is a large, important, diverse community and she needs to apologize to the citizens of Troy, including its gay residents, as well as the visitors, employees, and businesses in the city," Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey commented on the Troy Patch Facebook page. "Then she needs to apologize to the entire region."

"Mayor Janice Daniels needs to be removed from office as soon as possible," Valdet Selimaj wrote on Troy Patch's Facebook Page. "There is a large homosexual community within Troy and we will remember this for the next election."

"Can she be recalled?" @techiegrrl tweeted on Friday. "So not cool!!"

What do you think Mayor Janice Daniels should do now?

Audre Zembrzuski December 05, 2011 at 10:57 PM
anyone that is afraid to use their true name, must have said more than Mayor Daniels. As far as Reputlicans, Tell me that you didn't see Louise S, Mary K and Jean Stime at Republican meetings when we all know they are teachers and are Democrats, does this mean they are ashamed to tell everyone what they are and don't say Independ, There isn't any such party. grow up
Audre Zembrzuski December 05, 2011 at 11:04 PM
They are not losing because of what she said, they are losing because people have lost their jobs, homes, etc. What country do you live in that you don't see what is going right under your noise, or maybe your noise isn't in Troy.
Audre Zembrzuski December 05, 2011 at 11:05 PM
c thank you for a nice comment, and I agree with you all the way.
David December 05, 2011 at 11:40 PM
If she used the N word we wouldn't be having this discussion. She would already be gone. Why does she get to hide behind the first amendment here? Hate speech is hate speech, no matter who its directed towards.
Noel December 06, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Oh Bob, to claim Woodside Bible is "a fire and brimstone Evangelical Baptist church" is a compliment to them and a slam against those with truely Baptist beliefs. That church has long since abandoned the values and beliefs of real Baptists and is only concerned with making their members feel like good people. As far as I can tell, this church strayed away from true Christian beliefs of any substance at least five years ago. Also, if you for one moment wish to state that REAL Baptists are "intolerant", I dare you to go to your nearest God-fearing Baptist Church. It's interesting how those people are more accepting and compassionate than any other religious group I have encountered. (If Daniels were a Muslim and made such a remark, this minor infraction wouldn't have caused nearly the uproar that it has--and Islam commands it's followers to HATE homosexuals. Baptist Christians aren't commanded to HATE ANYONE.) This story has really blown itself out of proportion. Thanks for your opinion though, it really adds to the well-roundedness of this thread and I appreciate the opportunity to have read it. Good evening, Mr. Bob, I hope you are made to feel better about this situation.
Kimberley Cece December 06, 2011 at 10:06 PM
You are just as bigoted as she is...lumping her ingnorance in with others who happen to believe in the Tea Party movement! How unfair is that?
Mamacita December 06, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Frank, talk about an "ugly heart". Many, many people who have commented on this issue over the past few days, both at the meeting and in online blogs, obviously have ugly hearts themselves. It's not okay for Ms. Daniels to call a name, but everyone else is allowed to? This whole issue has been blown way out of proportion. It's ridiculous. Keith Olbermann calls her the "worst person in the world". Really? She didn't murder anyone for goodness sake! She didn’t drive drunk and maim someone! Those are certainly far worse than what she said. I watched the entire public comment section at the meeting. Ms. Daniels was being blamed for every bad thing that has ever happened in this city for decades past that has gotten us national attention. If people were so concerned about the image of our city, they would have kept their mouths shut, instead of blabbing this all over the world. Seriously, how many people saw it on her FB page before it was exposed? They just all want to make themselves look better and get attention that they are the good people in this city run by a horrible woman. Please, get over yourselves. First of all, get a clue how the city works. She doesn’t run it. She may have the title of mayor, but she is one of seven votes that has no more weight than any other council member. Second, people are delusional if they think boycotting retailers in Troy is going to have any affect on any one person, group of people, or the entire city of Troy.
Mamacita December 06, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Third, everyone should get off their high horses and take a look at themselves before so blatantly and crudely crucifying Ms. Daniels in the media. The fact is, many of the people who spoke out at the meeting last night have been against her from the moment she first stepped up to comment at a council meeting 1-2 years ago. They are just using this controversial issue to pursue their own agenda. Interestingly enough, missing from the podium was the woman who exposed Ms. Daniels’ post. She has been a strong opponent of Ms. Daniels from the beginning, and has been extremely vocal about it. She made it a mission of hers to dig up as much dirt on all the candidates that held opinions differing from her own. The election was over. She should have let everything go and focus on Ms. Daniels’ actions at the council table. Instead, she has brought this shame on Troy. No one outside of the handful of people who originally saw it on Ms. Daniels’ page six months ago would have ever known about it. So, shame on her for her part in this fiasco. Listen, I believe in Gay rights, as I believe in all human rights. Ms. Daniels made the mistake saying something that a lot of people think, but just won’t say, for the exact reason of what is happening to her now.
Mamacita December 06, 2011 at 10:33 PM
We’ve all made mistakes, some more serious than what she has done. However we’re all able to hide behind not being in the public eye and someone digging up every bad thing we’ve ever done or said. She has apologized, no matter what anyone says to the contrary. It’s time to move on.
Steve Allen December 07, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Elected officials MUST be held to a higher standard - they have placed themselves in that position. Audre, how can you justify or even turn a deaf ear to them? YOU are part of the problem if you do not demand more!
Steve Poirier December 07, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Mamacita: You state that the woman who outed Ms. Daniels comments on Facebook is responsible for the shame brought to Troy, I disagree. Ms. Daniels is responsible for the shame brought on Troy. You also commented that boycotting wouldn't have any affect on Troy. Historically, boycotts are very effective. I only hope that a boycott does not happen, it could have severe effects on Troy's economy, and don't feel the people of Troy should suffer for one ignorant woman's actions. Ms. Daniels should resign.
danny December 07, 2011 at 02:27 PM
@Mamacita. She is the MAYOR of Troy! She represents the citizens! How can you find it forgivable for her to call people queers in a derogatory statement against gay marriage, but not find it forgivable that people are outraged by the blatant bigatry of an elected public official? The outrage is real... it is not manufactured. Like it or not. She caused this. I agree that originally this was one simple mistake. She could have apologized and confessed to the stupidity of the FB statement. But she didn't. And SHE made it much, much worse. Her multiple attempts at an apology only futher exposed her as a bigot unfit to serve the public. And like most bigots, she was utterly confused that people would be upset about this.
Thomas T December 07, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Bigotry should be publicly shamed. That's what's happening to her now. Denigration of part of the population you serve - and the people who love them - as mayor is grounds for a call for removal. That's what's happening to her now. Actions and words have consequenses. Hers are happening to her now.
Mamacita December 08, 2011 at 02:22 AM
I agree she could have simply apologized without adding her beliefs about marriage, which did make the situation worse. However, I don't believe even a sincere apology without an excuse to follow would have satisfied the lynch mob one bit! The students and families who spoke from their own personal experience were for the most part kind and to the point. However, as I said above, some of the people at the meeting have been against her from the beginning and are using this issue to "get her". During the entire campaign season, some of them were just as hateful as Ms. Daniels is accused of being. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Mamacita December 08, 2011 at 02:24 AM
P.S. Audre Zembruski, the person who found and brought to light Ms. Daniels' comment was not an old crony of Troy politics. It was Sharon MacDonnell. She's very prominent in TRUST (check out their FB page) and has been after Ms. Daniels from the beginning. She is doing everything she can to deflect from the fact that she alone brought all this negative nationwide attention to Troy. No one would have been the wiser if she wasn't vindictive and extremely angry that Ms. Daniels won the election, and kept digging up the dirt, which is what she does best, apparently. Maybe you could stalk Mrs. MacDonnell the way she’s stalked Ms. Daniels, and read her ever post on the TRUST FB page. They clearly show how she’s just as hateful as Ms. Daniels is accused of being.
Mamacita December 09, 2011 at 12:51 AM
7:32 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2011 http://www.advocate.com/printArticle.aspx?id=244833 Apparently Ms. Daniels was working in an office full of homosexuals. It must not have bothered her too much.
Mamacita December 09, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Mamacita 7:33 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2011 http://www.queerty.com/how-should-we-punish-janice-daniels-the-nyc-hating-bigoted-mayor-of-troy-mi-20111207/#comments Prime example of how the Q word can be used by homosexuals, but no one else. Notice the caption under Taylor Lautner's picture?
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 01:01 AM
It bothered her enough to degrade them publicly as a group, so I'd say it bothered her a lot.
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 01:04 AM
If gay people want to empower themselves by taking back the word and removing its derogatory connotations, they are allowed to do so. That doesn't give a bigot like Janice Daniels permission to use it in a pejorative way. You have some reading to do, Mamacita... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer
Mamacita December 09, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Just as they are "allowed" to "take it back", she is "allowed" to use it any way she likes. And, I know what the word means. Just to clarify, by your logic, black people can also use the N word for the same reason? People have said Ms. Daniels is hurting our youth by using this language. The same applies to the N word, no matter who uses it. I don't think specific groups "taking back" a word to remove its negative connotation actually does that. I think it makes the word more acceptable for use. It's like the group is making fun of themselves. It really does backfire on them.
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Since reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, Mamacita, let me spell it out for you. Bigots like Janice Daniels are "allowed" to use the word "queer" any way they like, as you say. First Amendment - go for it! They also will have to deal with the consequenses of using the word - especially when they do it in a pejorative way. This is a life lesson that seems to have escaped both Jancie and you. So, now you both get to learn what happens when bigoted people use the word queer. Want to know what else happens when bigoted adults in positions of power toss that word around without remorse? Why, kids start to do it! Want to know what happens next? From the AP story about Jacob Rogers, who killed himself yesterday: Friends say that kids bullied Jacob Rogers at Cheatham County Central High School for the past four years, but in the past few months it had become so bad he dropped out of school. And Wednesday, he ended his life. "He started coming home his senior year saying 'I don't want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a faggot, they call me gay, a queer,'" friend Kaelynn Mooningham said.
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Now for a pop quiz: What word appears in both Janice Daniel's vile and disgusting Facebook post, and the AP story about Jacob's suicide?
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Sure. Sharon MacDonnell cast a witchy spell which allowed her to turn poor, pitiful, put-upon Janice Daniels into a bigot and forced her to type casual homophobic hate on her Facebook page. If there was no dirt, there would be nothing to dig. The only people who should be ashamed here are Janice and you for defending her.
Linda December 09, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Audre, I have to wonder about your logic. You say if you are a teacher, you are definitely a Democrat? Is that because one belongs to a union? My parents were in the union (they had to be) and were Republicans. It is baseless comments like this that have maligned the real issue; hateful speech. As far as Sharon and others being "out to get the mayor" you are wrong again. The purpose of the blog and those that have been vocal about Janice Daniels is to inform the public so they know what they are getting. Janice ran on "transparency" and now her backers are complaining about there being too much. As I remember, they were awfully quick to criticize and defame others. Dell, as far as being fiscally responsible, do you feel that refusing the $8+ million in Federal money and then suggesting the Troy citizens start a "savings account" and draw from the general fund to build the Transit Center in the future is being fiscally responsible? I have no political agenda - I am a Republican. The only agenda I have is to make sure that the citizens of Troy have factual information and make informed choices. I want what is best for Troy. I am totally embarrassed by this whole fiasco! Have you noticed that everything, even her apology, is all about her, the so-called victim? But, she "loves all people."
Mamacita December 09, 2011 at 07:32 PM
You all just prove my point over and over and OVER again. You are all as hateful, bullying and bigoted as you say Ms. Daniels is. No matter how you all feel about what she said or how she apologized or defended it, the fact is that she can not be recalled because of it. GET OVER IT!
Concerned Citizen December 09, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Please urge her to resign by signing this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-janice-daniels-resign
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I guess it's true that ignorance and bigotry go hand-in-hand, Mamacita, because the City Attorney and a private attorne both outlined the recall process. You seem unwilling or unable to understand this basic fact: Janice Daniels' misconduct while in office is gronds for a recall, and she WILL be recalled following proper procedure if she doesn't have the decency to step down. I DO hate the mindset that enabled her to toss off a vile slur and then act like a recalcitrant child when she got caught, and I DO want her to face justice both for what she said and her subsequent conduct. That's not "bullying, hateful, and bigoted". It's justice. You GET OVER IT, you apologist.
Thomas T December 09, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Joyce, I and my family all signed. 1000 signatures is easily reached from here.
John Deuel December 09, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Mamacita, this is about addressing the direct cause in our culture of LGBT youth suicides. She can and should resign. Until she does, none of us should "GET OVER IT!" Kids lives are at stake.
John Deuel December 09, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I posted it on my fb page and it was picked up and reshared by a friend who lives near y'all.

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