In today's Oakland Press,
you said that you “will
defeat the recall effort [you] face,” and laid out the reasons why you
will not be thrown of office. You believe that you have “the
silent majority” and if given “fair press” you will “win
again and defeat this...effort.”
Your first reason for
not being fired is because you "stand for something.“ You say that your
statements about gay people are your "personal opinion," and it's
"nice" to see elected
officials expressing personal opinions.
believe you shouldn't be fired because you campaigned against the
Transit Center. And you think it's "refreshing" when elected officials
vote the "way they campaigned."
Finally, you believe you
were put into office because the "voters of Troy...were tired of big
government." You believe that the people who are participating in the
recall have been running a "smear campaign of historic proportions to
destroy [your] name...because
they hated the fact that [a] proponent of smaller, more efficient
government won office.”
Really, Janice? These are your reasons why you shouldn't be removed?
Tell me, Janice, did you campaign against John Szerlag? When you read your "position paper" in which you concluded
"I have no confidence in our city manager’s ability to continue to
perform the duties granted him in this position” were you keeping a
And tell me this: When John Szerlag,
accepted the job offer in Cape Coral, Florida, and you were quoted as
saying you "enjoyed working with Mr. Szerlag," were you lying? You went
from "no confidence" to "[he’s] a proven leader and a good person" really, really fast. Did you change you mind or were you being a hypocrite?
Let's not forget that you simply didn't vote against the transit center. No, you brought in a Birmingham patent lawyer to destroy the whole project. You tried to force the Council to grant him extra time to speak, even though you knew that he called the transit project the "mugger mover." Tell me, was destroying the 10 plus years of work by countless city, state, federal, and private workers a "promise?"
I know you're not going to answer my questions, Janice. You're unwilling and incapable of answering hard questions.
But here's the one I really want you to answer: Is it fair of you to play the press for sympathy when you show none to others?
You see, Janice, you made it a point to everyone know that you've had "a
I'm sorry for your losses. But do you want to know who else has had a heartbreaking life?
Every person alive has suffered loss and pain, far beyond what is fair.
And I believe it's our obligation as human beings to try to alleviate the pain of others, when we can.
But you, in having a "personal opinion," turn a blind eye
to the suffering of every child who was bullied for being gay. You
would ignore the pain of every gay person who has found lifelong love,
yet can't have that love solemnized and celebrated. You would tell the
people struggling with their sexual identity that they have a disease.
Janice, I am supporting the Recall with a "yes" vote this November.
For all the reasons listed on the petition, plus one: Because your claims about loving all people is a lie.
no, Janice, it's not nice to see a politician standing for something.
Especially when that "something" is having a government that can tell
people who they may love.
Cross posted at troymi.blogspot.com