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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Will Face Recall Campaign Over Flint Water Crisis

In a recent poll, 75 percent of Michigan residents said they didn’t think their Governor, Rick Snyder, has handled the water crisis in Flint well, and 41% believed he should resign. Snyder has declared that he will not resign and added that he will correct the problems in Flint, but he may never get that chance.

Snyder is already under fire from several quarters: Two lawsuits have been filed against him as a result of the water problems in Flint, and though Snyder’s term ends in 2018, some residents of the state are determined to get rid of him much sooner. On Easter Sunday, a petition began circulating which would lead to the recall of Snyder. It has already gotten 108,000 signatures. As volunteer canvasser Anita Brown recently commented:

‘”He’s getting the boot. Put my name in big, blue writing: he’s out. He’s out of there.”

But a recall will not be easy to get place on the ballot. Petitioners need to collect nearly 790,000 valid signatures. The Reverend David Alexander Bullock, who is leading the recall drive, says his goal is to collect at least 900,000:

“I haven’t seen this kind of momentum in a long time.

“The energy and animus, at least a week out, is very encouraging. I think we ought to massage this energy and allow it to continue to grow. I think we got a great shot.”


For his part, Governor Syder, via a spokesperson, had this to say:

“The governor appreciates that citizens have the right to recall elected officials. However, his focus is on helping the people of Flint recover from the water crisis and helping the entire city move forward.”

State representative Tim Greimel, the Michigan house minority leader, noted the Flint crisis was created by Snyder’s “pass the buck” culture:

“It is a culture so pervasive that when scientists and Flint residents sounded the alarm, they were mocked, dismissed and subjected to public relations spin rather than being listened to,” Greimel said. “It is a culture so pervasive that for months, the problem was allowed to continue, even to the point of ignoring scientific evidence that the crisis had potentially grown to a fatal level.”

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Marco Rubio Just Said WHAT About The Flint Water Crisis?! (Video)

Perhaps I’m mistaken, but isn’t someone who is running for the White House supposed to have an opinion on pressing issues which directly impact average Americans?

Maybe Marco Rubio didn’t get the memo or hasn’t checked his email account in a while, because earlier today when asked about the lead contamination crisis which is gripping Flint, Michigan–Michigan! A huge electoral vote prize in November–this is what Rubio had to say on the matter:

I’d love to give you a better answer on it. It’s just not an issue we’ve been quite frankly fully briefed or apprised of in terms of the role the governor has played and the state has played in Michigan on these sorts of issues.

You have to be briefed in order to know that high levels of lead in the water supply are a very bad thing, Senator? What turnip truck did you fall off?

But wait, Rubio wasn’t quite finished trying to talk around the issue without saying anything at all. He also added that he couldn’t give:

A deeply detailed answer on what the right approach should be, other than to tell you that in general I believe the federal government’s role in some of these things [is] largely limited unless it involves a federal jurisdictional issue.

That wasn’t exactly the question, but while we’re on it, let me take a bold guess here and posit that since the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, is a conservative Republican, much like Rubio, the Florida Senator doesn’t want to criticize one of his own. Sharks generally do not attack each other.

None of the GOP candidates for President has placed the blame for this crisis where it squarely belongs: On Rick Snyder and those who work for him. The residents of Flint know where to point the fingers, and have filed a class-action lawsuit against Snyder.

In start contrast, the Democrats seeking the 2016 nomination have not been shy in their criticism, with Hillary Clinton remarking:

I think every single American should be outraged. We had a city in the United States of America where the population, which is poor in many ways, and majority-African American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water. And the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled. I’ll tell you what: if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action.

And Bernie Sanders has called on Governor Snyder to resign immediately:

There are no excuses. The governor long ago knew about the lead in Flint’s water. He did nothing. As a result, hundreds of children were poisoned. Thousands may have been exposed to potential brain damage from lead. Gov. Snyder should resign.

Innocent children have been poisoned and Marco Rubio cannot talk about it because he hasn’t been briefed? Then I guess he just took himself out of serious contention for the highest office in the land.

Watch Rubio make a total asshat of himself:

This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.