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Politics & Government
Fri October 26, 2012
Supporters defend beleagured Troy mayor; foes predict successful recall
Supporters of embattled Troy Mayor Janice Daniels say a recall effort is just a matter of sour grapes on the part of Democrats who lost the last election.
Members of Tea Party and other conservative groups say Daniels is doing a good job as mayor of Troy.
Daniels faces a recall after making slurs against homosexuals on a social media page. She was also criticized for removing references to the city's charter language in her oath of office.
Norm Hughes, a businessman from Metamora in Oakland County, is in Daniels' corner. He says her critics are making a mountain out of a molehill.
"So they're trying to redo what the legitimate election process was," Hughes says. "It's destructive. It's very harsh on her, as well as embarrassing Troy, and they ought to crawl back in their holes."
John Kulesz is one of the recall organizers. He says it's Daniels who's an embarrassment to the city. He predicts the recall campaign will be successful.
The mayor was in the spotlight again this week during a ceremony to honor community volunteer Mary Kerwin. Daniels stated the recognition came from "The Troy Democrat Club," when in fact it was from Leadership Troy, a group of community organizations, businesses and individuals.
Kerwin interrupted the mayor to correct her, but Daniels refused to acknowledge the mistake.