Skubick: Top Michigan House Democrat calling for Gov. Snyder to resign


LANSING, MI (WLNS) – There’s been another call for Governor Rick Snyder to resign.

This time it’s the top democrat in the Michigan House.

As 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick explains, the governor still says he will not step down in the wake of the Flint water crisis.

“I’m calling on Governor Rick Snyder to resign for his actions and inactions pertaining to the Flint water crisis.”

“The governor is focused on finding solutions and he’s going to keep on doing that,” said Jarrod Agen, Governor Rick Snyder’s Chief of Staff.

Reporter: “So he won’t resign?”

“He has no intention,” said Agen.

In the wake of the release of a new batch of emails concerning this controversy, the House Democratic Leader has concluded there’s been “negligence and indifference” and a culture inside the Governor’s office that lacks accountability and transparency.

The Oakland County Democrat Tim Greimel concludes, its time for the governor to go.

“I think it is inconceivable given that his top aides were regularly discussing this and sending thousands of emails, it’s inconceivable that the Governor was not aware of what was going on if, if that’s the case, then he’s the worst manager ever,” said Tim Greimel (D), Oakland County.

The Governor has said that he did not learn of the lead contamination problem in the Flint water until October of last year and then he says he acted on it.

The Governor’s staff was meeting this day with Flint area lawmakers on what was being done to fix the problem and the Governor’s new Chief of Staff reacts to Mr. Greimel’s call for that resignation.

We’re in there talking about solutions and not having political press conferences.

Reporter: “Are you disappointed Mr. Greimel did this?”

Jarrod Agen: “Well I wish he was at this meeting answering, asking questions, and getting answers.”

The Senate Democratic Leader disagrees with the House Democratic Leader. He thinks the governor should stay put.

“I think it’s giving him a pass. That’s, that’s the biggest part of the problem, he has a responsibility to fix the problem,” said Senator Jim Ananich (D), Flint.

Reporter: “So to be clear you do not want the Governor to resign.”

Senator Ananich: “I don’t think that’s appropriate I’m, I’m not calling for that right now.”

If the governor does not leave, Mr. Greimel reports he would sign a recall petition.

A spokesman for Governor Snyder says he is fully committed to remaining in office and that Greimel’s call for Snyder to resign over Flint’s water crisis is “unfortunate.”

Snyder is in his sixth year in office and cannot run again in 2018 due to term limits.

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