State officials to consider two petitions to recall Gov. Snyder over Flint water

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Update: State officials denied the petition requests.

By Steve Neavling

Two separate recall efforts to remove Gov. Rick Snyder are moving forward after the Board of State Canvassers said it is expected to take up the issue as early as today.

The petitions are from a Detroit resident and a Flint resident who said Snyder failed to protect residents from being poisoned by elevated lead from drinking water in the Flint River.

A total of 790,000 signatures are required to force a ballot initiative to remove Snyder from office.

Snyder’s final term ends in 2018.

In a separate development, a Republican-led Congressional hearing won’t include Snyder, even though he accepted blame for thousands of Flint residents being poisoned.

It’s unclear why they won’t invite Snyder to the hearing.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence expressed anger over the decision not to call Snyder to testify.

“I am deeply disappointed at the majority’s lack of commitment to a thorough and meaningful hearing,” U.S. Rep. Brenda sLawrence, a Southfield Democrat, said in a statement. “A sincere search for truth and justice requires a full review by the entire committee of the decisions and policies of all those involved.”

It’s still unclear who will be called to testify, but U.S. House officials said Snyder won’t be on the list

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Randy Hiner

    Of course he won’t be on the list. Even is he was, he wouldn’t be sworn in.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Another rich white guy that screwed over poor people in Flint? what a surprise? Really? Come on People! nothing is going to happen to this guy! Nothing! …..

  • Mike Czubaj

    the best defense 3 PR firms can buy. what a load of crap.

  • Harry Palmer

    “… a Republican-led Congressional hearing won’t include Snyder, even though he accepted blame for thousands of Flint residents being poisoned.”
    It’s pretty obvious. The GOP will now try to cover for Snyder, promoting the false narrative that the disaster was caused in equal amounts by the Feds , as well as the state.
    Read these comment boards, you can already see that lie being repeated over and over…

    • Drew Prosch-Jensen

      You left out the (black…unspoken, but implied), Democratic people that were on the City Council. It’s all their fault! That’s what I’m seeing from the trolls on message boards.

      • Harry Palmer

        Oh Right! Good catch…
        Yeah, even thought they had no authority under the EM, and they never voted on getting the water from the Flint River, and when they did vote to have the water re-connected to Detroit after the initial complaints from the citizens, the EM Turned it down flat… and after all that, it’s not totally dishonest to lay equal blame on the city council.

      • Linda Q

        Ahhhhhhhh with a city manager appointed by Snyder? Evidently we are idiots.