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Recall petition filed to oust Gov. Snyder

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A one-man effort to recall Governor Rick Snyder from office faces a big hurdle this week.

Angelo Brown says Governor Snyder deserves to be recalled because of the role his administration played in the Flint drinking water crisis.

Brown’s recall petition accuses the governor of being “culpable” in the decisions that lead to the use of corrosive Flint River water as the city’s drinking water source. 

The Detroit pastor says the governor doesn’t “accept high levels of incompetence himself”.

“And I think we got to hold him to the same standard,” Brown said last week.

Brown is running what amounts to a one-man campaign.  

If the Board of Canvassers approves his recall petition language, he’ll have to collect nearly 800,000 valid signatures to earn a place on the ballot next year.

The governor’s spokesman said in a written statement, "Recall attempts are a part of the democratic process in Michigan. (The) governor is focused on our infrastructure, reinventing Detroit schools and helping our economy grow to continue creating more and better jobs."

UPDATE: This story was updated to include the second sentence of the response from the governor's spokesperson, David Murray, at Murray's request. An earlier version contained only the first sentence.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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