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Troy Mayor to Santorum: 'If I Had a Key to the City, I Would Give One to You'

Mayor Janice Daniels backs Republican presidential candidate nominee Rick Santorum at a rally Friday in Shelby Township.

All eyes – including those of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels – were on Shelby Township Friday as the Republican presidential nominee candidate Rick Santorum addressed a full house at Palazzo Grande just after 11 a.m.

Santorum was the keynote speaker at the Michigan Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Victory Rally '12” forum on Friday.

During the rally, which drew a crowd of around 1,500 people, Daniels threw her support behind Santorum, telling him: "If I had a key to the city, I would give one to you, but the city budget is lower this year."

"Daniels also asked about Santorum's 3-year-old daughter, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18," the Detroit News reports. "The little girl recently had a bout with pneumonia and Santorum said she's recovering well."

Sharon February 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Quick! Change the locks!
Irv Wengrow February 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Pls make sure no one gives her a key
cath February 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
No key for her! But a RECALL is looming! Go see the recall janice daniels fb page, and www.recalljanicedaniels.org site!
Ron of Troy February 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Our Mayor needs to keep her party politics out of her job as Mayor. She needs to keep here personal feelings at home. It is inappropriate for her to back any party office, state or national. The mayor's job is non-partisan.
Sharon February 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
In fairness, the previous mayor put political signs on her lawn and her detractors complained bitterly about it. Daniels didn't say she endorsed Sanotorum, the article says that. Maybe she would offer the key to Romney...and Obama too?
Jen Anesi (Editor) February 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Hi, SadAboutTroy, To clarify, we did not say Daniels *officially* endorses Santorum. She may; she may not. I don't know. She did support him at this rally, however. Just so we're clear :) Thanks! Jen
Abbey February 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
But there is a world of difference in putting a sign on your own private yard and standing up in a room after being addressed as the Mayor of Troy and offering up a key to the city.
Linda February 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Too bad we couldn't lock her OUT!! Also interesting that Michigan Faith and Freedom sponsored this event. That is led by Glenn Clark and David Wisz. Is it just me, but is there a bit of hypocrisy in their actions and their affiliations?
Beverly Tran February 19, 2012 at 05:31 AM
A key is proverbial. Fake as as fake does.Here is modern-cost effective manner of presenting a key to a city http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Key_to_the_City_of_London,_Charles_Lindbergh.JPG A mind without logic is a terrible thing to run a municipality. http://beverlytran.com
Dale Murrish February 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM
It was nice to see Mayor Daniels get polite applause and cheers from the 1500 people at the campaign event after all the disrespect she has gotten from political opponents. Troy's council is highly partisan even though no political parties are allowed. Michigan's Supreme Court and university regents are also non-partisan, but the state political parties nominate candidates and back them. It's only a taboo in Troy politics because the liberals want to keep it under the radar. It was 5-2 liberals until last November. People were fed up with being manipulated by the council about the library and voted in a conservative mayor and council majority. Now it's 4-3 conservatives and the liberals are mounting a recall campaign to nullify the election.
Roy Williams February 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Mr. Murrish sees everything through Tea colored glasses.
Ellen Hodorek February 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
She has every right to attend the rally for the person she supports. She has every right to put signs up in her yard. She has every right to drink as much tea as she wants to. But, she should not be out using her title as mayor and representing the city in this way. (For the record, I would be equally disturbed if she wanted to present the key to President Obama. Or to candidate Mitt Romney.) She is to be nonpartisan. She can't call herself a unifier and then behave in such a partisan way. Add to this the fact that she couldn't find time to attend Troy's own MLK Day Event, a Kiwanis engagement she simply didn't show for, and two meetings to discussion our DDA, and you have to wonder is she more interested in being Mayor of Troy or furthering the causes of her ideology? She has every right to do one or the other. She's awesome at the Tea Party thing ... I think she should go with that.
Ellen Hodorek February 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Mr. Murrish, I will note that it was the subversive behavior to that majority that people who have been watching closely are fed up with. Starting with the 29% tax increase campaign in February 2010 that created anti-millage hysteria, to the 3 false Library proposals designed to confuse the ballot ing November 2010, to Councilman Howrylak's letter loaded with misinformation and written without even consulting the citizens who brought Proposal 1 for the Library forward. He was brilliant in his timing of that political propaganda, leaving the Prop 1 folks no time to respond. Had that not gone on, had mistrust not been purposefully engendered, the three-year budget approach that was informing the majority's direction would have prevented everything that has gone on. I think you need to check your heart and your facts and truly discern who, in fact, has been doing the manipulating. Our new Mayor, by the way, called herself an Independent and "grassroots" when she announced she was running for mayor. I wonder how many of the piddly few who voted thought that was what they were getting?
Lucille Musser Arking February 22, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Mayor Daniels needs to understand her job as spelled by the city charter. I am fairly certain that when she acts in the role of mayor her endorsements of anyone or anything must be by consent of the council as a whole . Giving keys to the city is fine as long as it was agreed to by the total council . Next issue is why are her supporters bad mouthing those who do not agree with her. Mayor Daniels surely used her american right to disagree to the previous council . She did that meeting after meeting for years . Why then does Mr. Murrish think what is happening now is disrespectful and that was not. Actually if you are a city council watcher it is apparent who is consist in respectful in their dissent and who is not. I support all public dissent as long as it is civil, honest , and fair. My last comment is about calling people liberal or conservative or right wing as if they are near criminal for their beliefs . This country can only be free and our liberties intact for all when we all respect the rules of civil dissent and demand our dessent is respectful , honest , and fair. Now I must go to work so my friend Ms Audre not worry about me not working . .

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