By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
The state approved the second recall petition to remove Gov. Rick Snyder from office for his handling of the Flint water crisis.
But the Board of State Canvassers rejected another petition that called for removing Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a Baptist conservative who would replace Snyder if he is recalled.
Both petitions were authored by Flint activist Quincy Murphy.
The petition calls for Snyder’s removal based on his own statements during the State of the State address in which he took responsibility for the crisis.
“Government failed you – federal state, and local leaders by breaking the trust you placed in us,” Snyder said during his address. “I am sorry most of all that I let you down. You deserve better. You deserve accountability; you deserve to know the buck stops here with me.”
The state approved the first recall petition involving the Flint water crisis on Feb. 22. The petition was submitted by Detroit pastor David Bullock, who plans to begin circulating his petitions later this month.
Another Snyder recall petition was approved earlier this year after the governor moved the state School Reform Office to a department under the governor’s control.
But recalling Snyder won’t be easy. Once petitions are circulated, organizers only have 60 days to collect at least 789,133 valid signatures. The petition is valid for 180 days.
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.