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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Final results of the Succesful Recall Vote

With all 31 precincts reporting, Daniels was defeated 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.

9 comments:

  1. I’ve read articles indicating the Mayor’s recall was a referendum on the Tea Party movement; this belief is a very simplistic analysis of what has happened in Troy. Clearly, and in some cases unfortunately, with exception of the U.S. Senate race and a small County Commission District, the electorate supported Republican candidates. Given this fact, it is readily apparent that many that supporters of conservative, Republican candidates also supported the recall. The recall could not have succeeded if all who voted Republican on the partisan ballot voted “no” on the recall.

    This disproves the notion that the recall was fueled by partisan, anti-conservative, anti-Tea Party, sentiments. The Republican partisan vote is not surprising; Troy has long been a fiscally, and in many cases socially, conservative community. It is revealing and should be encouraging to see that Troy voters recognized what the recall was about and in numbers sufficient to sustain the recall, voted contrary to partisan leanings.

    Through out this process Keep Troy Strong has kept the issue in the public eye; in reading the posts I noted many people seemed to believe the recall was an “us versus them” or “liberal versus conservative” issue. For the aforementioned reasons this was not the case; this came down to right versus wrong. In the final analysis it was Republicans (and most likely a number of Tea Party supporters) who turned the vote. This is not to discount the support the recall obviously received from those of liberal or Democrat leanings; however, had the recall vote been solely along partisan lines it would have failed. This is a good thing.

    The now former Mayor was removed not because of personal political leanings, but because of an inability to adequately perform the job, a clear misunderstanding of the role of local government, and her lack of interpersonal skills. Had she been a Tea Party member who served the community and expressed her political opinions on her own time, was knowledgeable of budgetary procedures and knew how to interact with people who don’t agree with her, she would still be in office.

    The message of this recall vote isn’t a mandate to radically change Troy; the message is to remember what Troy was and return to those solid, non-partisan leadership principles.

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  2. I think the recall supporters have been very gracious with the result. It's my opinion that the other side would not have been humble in victory if things had gone their way. Any victory they have won, they have rubbed in the collective faces of the people of Troy. I am very pleased with the outcome. Unfortunately I do not think Janice Daniels has learned anything from this experience. I expect that she will be back at public comment behaving obnoxiously before any of us can blink twice. I think the current council, minus Daniels can work together and i hope with the new city manager coming in, that good times are ahead.

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    1. " I expect that she will be back at public comment behaving obnoxiously before any of us can blink twice."..
      Some people are always looking for trouble.

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  3. You could have a fundraiser. Let people return (if they want to-make it voluntary) their Yes Recall yard signs and have an online auction. The proceeds could be donated to the library. I think it might be quite successful.

    Probably could sell some I heart NY stuff too, if people donated that.

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    1. Glad I didn't take my sign out to recycle today! I'll hang on to it in case this idea has legs. But then again, maybe it would be in poor taste.

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  4. I pray she will graciously step back and allow healing to begin. Both for herself and the community. Turns out she doesn't even understand the budget (her admission), and doesn't serve as the fiscal watchdog after all. The city is far better off without, even in terms of watching our taxpayer wallets.

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  5. Wary and Weary in TroyNovember 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Good news though. Since she insisted on a 3 minute limit for public comment, we will hear less of her.
    Let's see how long before she claims her First Amendment Rights are being infringed upon with time limits for public comment.

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    1. Umm, It is 6 minutes. 3 minutes for items on the agenda, 3 minutes for items not on the agenda. 3 + 3 = 6.

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    2. Wary and Weary in TroyNovember 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Thank you. See... real math DOES matter. Forgot about the double opportunity to speak.

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