Troy Mayor Janice Daniels delivers state of city speech weeks before recall vote

Troy mayor delivers speech Thursday night amid effort to have her recalled

Author: Roger Weber, Local 4 Reporter, @RogerWLocal4, rogerw@wdiv.com
Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:13:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 20 2012 08:24:43 PM EDT
TROY, Mich. -

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, like any politician, is giving a state of the city speech Thursday evening.

Daniels is expected to share a good news message about Troy. However, John Kulesz, cofounder of a group trying to kick Daniels out of office, questions the mayor's timing.

Uncut: Troy mayor's state of city address

Her last state of the city address was in July 2011. This one comes less than two months before a recall vote.

"That's concerning because we are not sure if she is going to use the speech to argue against the recall," Kulesz said.

The group submitted more than 8,800 valid signatures to put the recall on the ballot. Daniels is accused of creating a hostile workplace, demeaning the city charter and opposing a transit station.

That's not all.

"For telling high school kids during a meeting that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous. It's not her position as mayor to make that sort of claim," Kulesz said.

The petitions do not mention Daniels' first public controversy -- a gay slur posted to Facebook. It happened before she took office.

Daniels did not return Local 4's phone call asking about the timing of Thursday night's speech and her strategy for beating the recall effort.

-- Mayor Janice Daniels delivered the speech at 7 p.m. Thursday night.