LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder says the Republican is “fully committed” to remaining in office and a top Democrat’s call for Snyder to resign over Flint’s water crisis is “unfortunate.”
Ari Adler said Wednesday that House Minority Leader Tim Greimel “chose to focus his efforts on a politically charged press conference” instead of attending a briefing with staff from the governor’s office on addressing the Flint emergency.
Adler says Snyder wants to fix Flint’s water problems and problems within state government that caused it.
The city, which switched its water source in 2014 while under state financial management, is under a state of emergency. Lead from aging pipes leached into drinking water, and a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak potentially linked to the Flint River caused nine deaths.
Snyder is in his sixth year in office and cannot run again in 2018 due to term limits.