Janice Daniels, the mayor of Troy, MI, compared being gay to smoking cigarettes on a recent radio-show appearance, according to CBS Detroit.
Last December Daniels earned the ire of many—and finds herself facing a recall effort—after she posted on Facebook “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”
That little dig cost Daniels her job at the real-estate company Century 21, even though she claimed, “I know that as mayor, I represent all of the people in this city.” Organizers of the recall effort against Daniels submitted 9,300 signatures to the city’s Election Division this week. (They only needed 7,985.)
Not realizing she should’ve quit while she was behind, Daniels went on Charlie Langton’s morning talk show on Radio 1270 to “explain” herself.
What I said while I was mayor … I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective … I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous,” Daniels said, adding, “Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous.”
When Langton asked Daniels if she thought being gay was “dangerous,” she replied “I think that doctors can make a case for it certainly,”but said she personally “had no opinion” on it.
Really, no opinion? Because it sounds like you’ve been running your mouth off about it.
Determined to make every faux pas in the book, Daniels even trotted out the “some of my best friends are gay” card. Well, her version of it, anyway:
“I am refinancing a home mortgage for a man who I would suspect could potentially be homosexual and we get along famously … In fact he brought papers into the office the other day and we actually grabbed each other’s arms and kind of stood together in solidarity because we’re refinancing his home loan …”
What a mensch.