Hillary Clinton was discussing the Flint water crisis during last night’s democrat debate. She took the opportunity to make it a left/right issue in calling out Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for his inaction in dealing with the lead issue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not here to defend Snyder’s actions or inaction but it was a bit different in her New York Senator days.
“We’ve had a city in the United States of America where the population which is poor in many ways, and majority African-American has been drinking and bathing in lead contaminated water and the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care,” she said. “He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled. I’ll tell you what, if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water, and being bathed in it there would’ve been action.”
She also pointed out her track record as a State Senator.
Clinton also discussed appearing on a television show on which “I said it was outrageous that the governor hadn’t acted and within tow hours he had.”
She appeared on the Rachel Maddow show on Jan. 14, on which Clinton said “”This is infuriating to me. I did a lot of work on trying to get rid of lead in residential housing in Upstate New York. I care deeply about this issue. We know it has effects on behavior and educational attainment.”
Let’s review. Clinton served as a State Senator of New York from 2001 – 2009. A $4 million HUD grant was awarded to Rochester, NY in 2008 for lead-free housing. Hmmm, 7 years after she took office. During that time period, New York had democrat Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. Currently, both State Senator’s in Michigan are democrats.
So today she lays the blame for Flint at the feet of a republican Governor. No mention of the democrat State Senators. No mention of the democrat Governor in New York with the Rochester lead crisis. You may note that even as recent as 2014, Monroe County, NY still had 139 children with lead poisoning. It begs the question, Sen. Clinton, why didn’t you do more and sooner during your 8 years in office? Why do you point the finger of blame in Flint at republicans when your democrat counterparts get a pass? No call for recall, no call to arrest any democrat.
Fact is, there is culpability all over the place including democrats and republicans. Turning lead poisoning of children into a political talking point is really disgusting. However, she is a Clinton and that’s what we’ve come to expect. I certainly hope Snyder gets what he deserves. But any call for justice from a Clinton is just the pot calling the kettle black.