By Brandon Hall
"It’s sad and pathetic," Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a press release. "Hillary Clinton is again trying to politicize the Flint water crisis to serve her own political prospects... Flint residents do not need politicians using them as a political backdrop."
Somebody better tell that to the Lansing establishment.
Gov. Snyder and West Michigan legislators like Arlan Meekhof have come under fire for a controversial signing ceremony regarding a $28 million Flint assistance bill that, with all the laughs and smiles, seemed to some more like a frat party than a serious event.
Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood led the charge, posting pictures of the event and writing in a Facebook statement, "QUESTION OF THE DAY: Why would any Michigan politician want to be pictured smiling at a bill signing for $28 million in emergency aid for a man-made water contamination crisis in Flint?"
The reaction was swift. Over 100 people shared the post and many commented on it, including top Snyder staff.
"Annual Governor's luncheon at the Michigan Press Association conference," Meegan Holland said. "Media traditionally invite their legislators to sit at their table. The Governor talked about Flint, and then invited any of the attending lawmakers to come up for the bill signing."
Another top Snyder aide, Dave Murray, also opined.
"Those were all lawmakers who were at the event," Muray said. "We made sure Flint area lawmakers were aware of the signing. What's important to note is that the $28 million plan to address immediate Flint needs was passed unanimously. That's a reflection of all the state's lawmakers coming together to help Flint. The Michigan Press Association event was filled with journalists, college journalists and lawmakers. Gov. Snyder received two standing ovations. Governors of both parties attend this event each year. The bill was signed at the event because Gov. Snyder wanted to sign it quickly to start the resources flowing to Flint quickly."
One commenter noted "to be fair, I am fairly uncomfortable when a roomful of journalists applaud anyone they're supposed to be covering."
You can check out the discussion HERE