TROY (WWJ/AP) – A group has formed seeking to recall the mayor of Troy, who has been criticized for voting to reject federal funding for a new transit center and drawn attention for a Facebook post that featured an anti-gay slur.

The Detroit News reports petition language was filed Monday in an effort to remove Janice Daniels from office. One “Recall Janice Daniels” petition cites her December vote on the proposed $8.4 million center.

Daniels said she met supporters over the weekend and was “encouraged by the support.”

The Troy City Council reversed course in January and approved a scaled-back $6.3 million transportation center. Daniels remained opposed, saying she made election pledges to block the center.

Daniels was elected in November. She apologized in December for the June 25 Facebook post.

In an interview with Talkradio 1270’s Charlie Langton, she did, however, reiterate her position on gay marriage. “While I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language … It was meant to be a joke, silly, a funny thing.”

Daniels said she would not consider resigning her position.  “I hope it pretty much goes away,” Daniels said. “It’s a fascinating role, I love being the mayor and I hope to have many, many successes… I am human… My hope is that they’ll forgive me.” (More on this here).

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Comments (5)
  1. shannon says:

    where can we sign this petition? This clueless old slob needs to go!

  2. Maureen says:

    I am ready to sign and support this petition. Janice Daniels is inept in far too many ways. She is an embarrassment to the City of Troy. Troy is a wonderful place to live, work and do business. My personal thanks to the staff of our City Offices, and especially to City Manager John Szerlag, for continuing to do their work despite the mayor’s insults and continual mis-steps.

  3. Rolf Smith says:

    Daniels disrespects herself and therefore she disrespects the rights of every Troy Citizen. Actions speak louder than words and her words are consistently revealing. Her thoughts, words and her actions appear to have transmitted to the Citizens of Troy that she has little to no regard for the City of Troy and its Citizens nor the Elected Council Members as well as the Charter of the City of Troy. Therefore, I ask for a determination as to what she does believe in and stand for.

    As I recall, Daniels’ opening remarks on February 06, 2012 at the time of Open Comment by citizens in Troy directs speakers to address only the Council and not the administration or staff. So she is telling me to speak to Council only and not to Troy Citizens and my friends. That is wrong. Over all the years of history of the City of Troy Council Meetings, no other presiding Council-person has ever directed Citizens to not speak to others than the formal Council members. Who does she think she is and what right does she think she possesses that she can tell a member of the public to whom one might speak, address and/or look at while speaking?

  4. Marie Clancey says:

    When the petition is ready, I’ll be ready to sign it. Janice Daniels lacks political saavy and is not working in the best interest of our community.

  5. Marie Clancey says:

    When the petition is ready, I want to sign it. Janice Daniels lacks political saavy and is not promoting unity within our community.

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