Assailed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and facing a torrent of criticism for his handling of the Flint water crisis, embattled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder now faces the challenge of surviving a bid to recall his election.
Snyder was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
The movement to oust Snyder is led by Reverend David Bullock, pastor with Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church in Detroit.
“It’s not about Democrats. This is not about Republicans. It’s not about whites or blacks. It’s not about rich or poor. You have all kinds of folks — rural citizens, urban citizens, people of faith, people who are atheist, [of varying] sexual orientation — we’ve got everybody. And you have to ask yourself this question: When everybody agrees, what does that mean? I think that means Rick Snyder’s got to go,” Bullock told Detroit television station WJBK.
Bullock’s crusade to drive Snyder from office is not unique: A total of 12 individual petitions seeking Snyder’s recall have been filed with the Michigan State Board of Canvassers. Four have been outright dismissed and Bullock’s bid accounts for one of eight which remain.
Initiated on Easter Sunday, for Bullock’s effort to be successful he must produce 790,000 valid signatures within 60 days to have the initiative attached to the November ballot.
Political analysts are skeptical Bullock’s effort or any of the remaining eight recall efforts will sustain, but the Reverend will not yield.
Snyder has repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation in Michigan and on Capitol Hill.
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