Calls for Michigan Gov. Snyder’s Arrest as Flint Poisoning Scandal Implicates Top Staffers

Yeah, that will go far. Will he share a cell with Jerry Brown for the California methane leak poisoning? Rahm Emanual for the Chicago corruption? Hillary Clinton for Benghazi? Doubtful.

Calls for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s ouster—and arrest—are growing after internal emails showed that his high-level staffers were aware of lead poisoning in Flint’s public water supply six months before the administration declared a state of emergency.

Ouster maybe. Arrest no. Flint’s mayor during the debacle got canned. But now partisan politics take center stage.

Many hold Snyder directly culpable for the emergency itself, and note his role in the Detroit water crisis.

“The source of the Flint Water Crisis leads directly to Gov. Rick Snyder and the fiscal austerity policies that he and his Republican colleagues have been pushing for years on Michigan residents,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan,” in a statement released Thursday. “Families in Flint were forced to drink lead-tainted water while the administration scoffed at their concerns and cries for help. An entire generation of Michiganders now face an uncertain future because of Republican cuts to essential and life-giving services.”

Here’s a thought. If we’re trying to drill down to the source of the problem, we have to complete the sentence Lonnie. The reason Flint had 4 emergency managers and got caught in cost-cutting mode was the previous decades of democrat mismanagement. Bloated pensions. Getting caught putting all their eggs in the GM basket. As GM went, so did Flint. So much for diversifying to prevent that. Had the left not managed Flint into financial ruin, the state wouldn’t have been involved. It’s a fair assumption to say that Flint’s water woes would have never happened. In a story with plenty of blame to go around, if one wants to assess blame, why not go back to the root of the problem?