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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Real Janice Daniels

I am amused that now that Janice Daniels has won the mayoral election, journalists feel free to call her what she is -- a "Tea Party" activist.

Below is the post I wrote in August over my frustration that no one, including Janice, would admit WHO and WHAT she really is. Now that all these papers are willing to speak the very simple TRUTH, it's too late.

The Fourth Estate -- HA!

It's funny too, as I tried to define Doug Tietz as the career-long politician that he is, his devotees told me that I was "digging up dirt" on him. By saying who he really was? A man who has run ethically-challenged statewide ballot campaigns in multiple states called "Civil Rights Initiatives" that were anti-civil rights? Nice. I guess I see why he didn't admit it.

These are our transparency politicians, folks. Good luck.

from August: 

Janice Daniels' Extreme Makeover

When I first became aware of the politics that were tearing Troy apart, I was smacked in the face by the group TCU -- Troy Citizens United. This was in February of 2010 when they were fighting viciously AGAINST a millage increase that would have preserved Troy as the city that was known and respected throughout the area.

The only reason we had to vote on that millage increase was because the same TCU had pushed through a City Charter Amendment in 2008 that said Troy residents have to make every millage increase decision. And what did that bad policy create? The need for all these millage votes by the people. And who complains about all these votes? TCU, the folks who made it happen (including Mr. Kempen, who is running for city council).

And when I asked a member of TCU why TCU had lied and said that the advisory board I was on had supported a No vote on the millage, the man said, "That's how the game is played."
Nice folks, eh?
As I began trying to help save the library, I recognized that the single shrillest, most partisan, most divisive and most negative voice in Troy was TCU leader and Troy Area Tea Party founder Janice Daniels. She is someone who gets all of her facts and numbers wrong and doesn't really care. She is an aggressive anti-Democrat, anti-moderate Republican (who wrote that RINOs need to change their ways to be allowed back into the party) and is so ridiculously extreme, that she refuses to allow anyone to describe America or its system "Democratic."
I remember once talking at city council about the importance of the library to my children. Janice Daniels then made fun of me for "pulling at people's heartstrings" by talking about children and libraries. Apparently she didn't see a connection. She also said people considering moving to Troy didn't care about a library, only about taxes.
Daniels only cares about taxes and thinks that is how everyone else must feel, too. But as a mother of two elementary kids I can tell you taxes pay for stuff like books and education and snow plowing and public safety. Janice Daniels may want to live in a part time town, but I don't.
But here's the rub.
Now that Janice Daniels is running for mayor, she is trying to exorcise all the evil intent she has shown over the past two years. We who know her tricks were fascinated that at the city council meeting following her defeat in trying to close the Troy Public Library, she said it was time for forgiveness. 

Apparently she meant we should forgive HER. And not only does she expect forgiveness, she expects us to buy into her new makeover. She is no longer the extreme, shrill, anti-moderate Republican politician that she has long claimed to be. No. Now Janice Daniels is a "political newcomer" and an "independent" and apparently, no longer a leader of the local Tea Party.
The Oakland Press says she "is active with Troy Citizens United."
"Active"? Daniels is a spokesperson of this group that is destroying our city and pitting neighbors against one another. The Oakland Press also did not mention that she is founder of the Troy Area Tea Party. How come? Perhaps because the Tea Party is losing some of its luster?
The Troy Times says she is "a self-described independent." How convenient. When I think of independents, I think of people who believe that both of our major parties are too extreme and thus they come down in the middle. That is NOT Janice Daniels. Daniels is so extreme that she cannot find a party extreme enough, thus she had to join TCU and found the Troy Area Tea Party.
Read some of our past articles on Janice Daniels, mostly based on her own words in countless goofy Op-Ed pieces she wrote herself. Here's a line from one: "We do not need a full service, 40 hours a week city hall." This woman would put the Troy in des-TROY.
Don't let her do it.
Read more
To see more just look on Keep Troy Strong's homepage here and scroll down the page to see her name on the right side.


  1. Sharon, thank you for the information you've been posting. I really wish I had found your blog sooner, but unfortunately, I didn't find it until yesterday. I'm a Troy resident and I'm very sad how the election turned out. I plan on following these people very closely and will be keeping an eye to your blog. Thanks again for you efforts!

  2. Hey, Dave...can you share this with anyone you know who lives or works in Troy? Thanks! :)

  3. Sue, I definately will :)

    And to correct my previous post:
    Thanks again for both of *your efforts!

  4. Well, like it or not, the U.S. is a Republic with Democratically elected leaders. Look it up.

  5. Yes, sir, I am very aware of that. I know there are many people who don't know that the US is a federal constitutional republic. But that doesn't mean to say we are a democracy is incorrect. To Ms. Daniels, the D word is something she is not capable of saying in a positive way, so she criticizes anyone who uses it. Do you defend her quote:"So, RINOs must chant: “I will use the phrases American Republicanism, liberty, freedom and Representative Republicanism in place of the word democracy for the rest of my life.” That is Step One in the new RR recovery plan." Obviously she cares not as a student of history or political science, but as a raw, cynical, partisan politician.

  6. As a reporter who covered the City of Troy for The Oakland Press between September 2009 and August 2011, I'm the one who classified Janice Daniels as "active with Troy Citizens United." However, that description was taken out of context. The entire background of that statement was:

    "Daniels, a Realtor with Century 21 Town & Country and the mother of one son, is active with Troy Citizens United, a grassroots watchdog group that has advocated against three millage increase requests since February 2010. Recently, she was one of three panelists who spoke against the city’s 0.7-mill request to fund the city’s library at a town hall panel discussion sponsored by The Oakland Press and CMNtv on July 27."

    That passage came from a story about the three mayoral and eight city council candidates who filed to run in the November 2011 election.(Mayor, three council seats up for grabs in Troy general electionat passage came from a story that was published on Aug. 17, 2011 Given space that could be devoted to such a story, deadline restrictions, and fairness to give all candidates equal time and space in such a story, I felt I portrayed a brief and accurate description of who Janice Daniels is/was as a candidate given the limited amount of words I was allotted.

    Also, the story was the last that I did for The Oakland Press. Had I stayed on, I'm sure pre-election coverage would have been quite interesting.