Residents from Southeastern Oakland County, including Royal Oak, are helping raise funds for the recall effort against Troy Mayor Janice Daniels.
An event is being held Sunday, Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Soho, 215 W. Nine Mile Rd. in downtown Ferndale. There is no set fee to attend, and any donations are accepted for the Recall Janice Daniels political committee.
County Commissioner Craig Covey, who currently represents the southern part of Royal Oak, is organizing the grass roots gathering in part because of homophobic remarks to made Troy high school students, reporters, and on Facebook. Daniels comments hurt the entire region, Covey said.
“There are a lot of cool people in Troy working on the recall effort. I met some of them and offered to do something to help. We are expecting people to attend from all over, including Royal Oak,” Covey said.
The county commissioner said when he asked for support from the community, he got an immediate response, including Tequila Blue, which is providing in-kind food for the event.
Soho, which is a martini bar, will be serving “Long Island Iced Teas” in recognition of Daniel’s support of the local Tea Party and her lost love of New York City.
In 2011, Daniels caused controversy after a status update slamming gay marriage on what appeared to be her personal Facebook page went viral.
The June 25, 2011 update read: "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there." The post was tucked among other posts and photos about Daniels' mayoral campaign, as well as personal photos and status updates.