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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Backlash erupts over Troy mayor's sneer at gays
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Backlash erupts over Troy mayor's sneer at gays

Laura Berman

One month into her new role as Troy's $135-a-month mayor, Janice Daniels is discovering the downside of making politically inflammatory statements once you represent a city, not a faction.

Her flip sneer at the gay community, posted on Facebook in June but not noticed widely until last Friday, has unleashed a viral storm that's gone from the Huffington Post to ABC News, ricocheting back to Troy's business community, now in the critical homestretch for the 2011 retail season.

Surprise, Madame Mayor: Snide jokes about "queers" aren't good for business.

This is only beginning to dawn on Daniels, a tea party favorite who won her first political office in November by campaigning against a library millage and a proposed transit center.

Since last weekend, Daniels has trotted out various defenses of her post, which is what it is: "I think I'm going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."

She's pointed out that the offensive Q word is "in the dictionary," and that she still has the tote bag ("It was a joke"), all the while clinging to her "principle" - that "marriage should be between a man and a woman."

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