Voters recall anti-gay Michigan mayor

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Janice Daniels

A suburban Detroit mayor and tea party favorite who was criticized for an anti-gay slur and for opposing a largely federally funded transportation center has been recalled from office.

Troy, Mich., residents voted 52 percent to 48 percent on Nov. 6 to remove Mayor Janice Daniels as part-time leader of the city of 80,000.

With all 31 precincts reporting, the city says 20,763 people voted to recall Daniels, and 18,993 voted to retain her.

On Nov. 7, acting city manager Mike Culpepper said, "The people I've spoken with this morning, they believe the drama is probably going to end now that the mayor has been recalled."

Daniels was elected last year.

Critics have challenged her anti-gay politics and accuse her of forcing out a city manager and embarrassing the city.

Daniels says she'd broken no laws and says voters are more upset with her style than her views.

Daniels came to national attention last year, after she posted on Facebook a statement about New York legalizing same-sex marriage. She wrote, “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”