Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snyder Emails Show Idea For Special Flint Election Law Came From Lt. Governor Calley

Calley, left, Snyder, right (MLive)

By Brandon Hall
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Before Flint's water crisis made international news, the City faced an election crisis: someone in the Clerk's office told candidates the wrong deadline for filing and only one candidate made the cut: controversial Flint City Councilman Eric Mays.

"This is a big enough problem that we might want to consider changing state law- at least to allow for a primary election for write-ins. Too much progress has been made in Flint to let it go to this guy," Lt. Gov. Calley wrote minutes after hearing of the issue.

Gov. Snyder agreed with Calley, responding "May want to consider giving this issue to (Senate Minority Leader)Ananich." He is from the Flint area.

Calley and Snyder were responding to an email from Elizabeth Clement informing the Governor and others of the election deadline issue in Flint:

Clement wrote: "Governor, Mike Senyko from Ruth Johnson's office just called me to let me know of a filing deadline issue in the city of Flint. The city clerk erroneously informed candidates that the filing deadline for the mayoral election was April 28th when it was actually the 21st. Mayor Dayne Walling filed on the 28th and will therefore not be on the ballot. Eric Mays, the Flint city councilman who was jailed last year and has been very problematic to both our EM and secure cities efforts, is the only candidate who filed by the April 21st deadline. Mike Senyko indicated that since there is only one candidate on the ballot, there will not be a primary election that Mayor Walling can do a write in campaign for so his only option is a write in campaign for the general. Mike was not sure if Mayor Walling had been informed yet but he expects the news to break this evening. There is no provision in state law that allows for a situation like this to be rectified. Please let me know if you have any questions."

Here is the email:

No other place in Michigan had an issue, but the legislature did indeed change state law, just for Flint...

According to MLive:

"Candidates for mayor of Flint can start focusing on the campaign and forget about whether they'll be on the primary election ballot. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation today, June 5, to authorize extension of the filing deadline for the August primary election, a move that will allow for a standard showdown for the city's top job.

Incumbent Dayne Walling, businesswoman Karen Weaver, and two city councilmen -- Wantwaz Davis and Eric Mays -- are in line for spots on the ballot, city officials have said...

For weeks, candidates for mayor and two City Council seats have been in an uncertain position, waiting for the state Legislature to agree on a bill aimed at fixing an election dilemma in Flint.

No mayoral candidates filed the required number of nominating petition signatures by the April 21 deadline after Clerk Inez Brown's office told them the wrong deadline for filing -- April 28."

>>>Read the rest of the emails HERE

Eric Mays

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. Any WHISTLE BLOWERS would have to be fully vetted by the Justice Department, this is a FEDERAL rap.
    I imagine there would be full immunity offered, with the REWARD being paid out as per the terms and conditions of THE REWARD, I leave that to the LAWYERS.

    THE REWARD, which could actually grow like a lottery, let's call it JUSTICE BALL.
    This will continue to focus national liberal media on the plight of Flint in the long months to come once folks have succumbed to "bottled water media reporting fatigue". (Imagine the bottled water fatigue the folks in Flint will be suffering from in the long months to come.)

    THE REWARD. will allow Patrons and regular citizens the oppurtunity to leverage their financial power against the perpetrators of the Poisoning of Flint.
    Where there is Dark Money influencing American Political Life, now there can be Light Money to bolster the cause of justice and goodness.

    THE REWARD. will influence the Gang of Grifters responsible for this tragedy. These are operatives that are motivated by money and self-interest.

    A low level operative like former Mayor Dayne Walling, the man who pushed THE BUTTON, may be temped to talk to Attorney General Lorreta Lynch if his financial future is secured and he has full immunity from prosecution.

    THE REWARD drives paranoia into the Gang of Grifters, and their conspiracy can be shattered as each wonders who will be the first to claim THE REWARD.

  2. It is greatly appreciated how celebrities and public figures have been directly donating bottled water or cash money to purchase bottled water for Flint. Thank you all, so very much. If I may make a request to these Patrons.
    Please pool your funds an offer a $1 million dollar BOUNTY to WHISTLE BLOWERS who provides information leading to the ARREST and/or CONVICTION of any parties involved in the poisoning of Flint. The people involved in this tragedy are motivated by money, so money will loosen their lips. Thank you for your consideration.