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.
This was never about money. This was a failure of government at all levels that could be described as a massive error of bureaucracy.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 7, 2016
I've proposed more than $230 million in additional aid for Flint, and have already delivered $70 million #FlintFWD— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 7, 2016
I'm taking responsibility as our value system says we should. My track record is getting things done, and I want to get this done. #FlintFWD— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 7, 2016
“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.
Since taking office in Jan. 2011, there has been an increase of 440,000 new private sector jobs in #Michigan.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 7, 2016
Detroit is stronger than it has been in decades. We came together to pass the bipartisan Grand Bargain & help Detroit's families— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 7, 2016
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.