Here in Michigan, we’ve got our own version of Anthony Weiner, a politician who simply doesn’t know when to slink away and stop bothering everyone. Her name is Janice Daniels and she used to be the mayor of Troy, a wealthy suburb of Detroit. Used to be because she was removed from office in a recall vote after only a year in office for a string of bigoted anti-gay statements.
Daniels ran the city of Troy, a northern Detroit suburb, for just a year before she was recalled in November with 52 percent of the vote. Her first offense came shortly after she was elected in 2011, when a Facebook post she had written before the election surfaced.
“I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there,” it read.
Not long after, she met with members of Troy High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance to address concerns about the Facebook post. During the meeting, she offended several high schoolers who believed she suggested homosexuality is dangerous to one’s mental health. Afterwards, Daniels told the Detroit Free Press her statements were misrepresented.
Last June, when the recall campaign was gathering steam, Daniels drew more criticism for comments on a radio show comparing the dangers of the “homosexual lifestyle” to smoking cigarettes.
So she was recalled by voters. But now she has filed the papers to run for the city council (it only takes 75 signatures on a petition) and she’ll be on the ballot in November. Seriously, Janice, just go away.