Several of the early questions at the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, focused on the recent toxic water crisis in that city, and both candidates called for Governor Rick Snyder to resign. Snyder took the opportunity to register his objection to the implication that he might be responsible.
In fact, it seems increasingly likely that Snyder’s administration was aware of the contaminated water supply as early as October 2014, and simply didn’t do anything about it.
“In a few days, political candidates will be leaving Flint and Michigan. They will not be staying to help solve the crisis, but I am committed to the people of Flint. I will fix this crisis and help move Flint forward. Long-term solutions are what the people of Flint need and what I am focused on delivering for them,” Snyder wrote in a statement on Facebook.
Last week, the Detroit Free Press reported, Snyder hired two outside attorneys, including a criminal defense attorney who will serve as “investigatory counsel.” The contracts are worth $249,000 each—just below the $250,000 threshold threshold that would require State Administrative Board approval. Such approval would have involved a public meeting.