Anti-Snyder site seeks to exploit Flint relief website
During Gov.Rick Snyder’s Flint-focused State of the State address, the governor promoted a state government website for Flint relief efforts called HelpForFlint.com.
“If you would also like to aid Flint, please to to HelpforFlint.com to volunteer or donate,” Snyder said. “If you are a Flint resident who needs help getting the water you need — go to HelpforFlint.com.”
The web address HelpforFlint.com is not to be confused with HelpforFlint.org, which contains a single message blaming the Republican governor for the lead contamination that most certainly did not come from Snyder himself.
“Opps I gave your kids lead poison. Sorry! -Gov Snyder,” the website reads with a photo of a woman holding two bottles of brownish Flint water.
Flint mayor backs Clinton
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday, two days after the Democratic White House hopeful shined a national spotlight on Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis.
Weaver said Clinton is the only presidential candidate from either party who has reached out to her personally to offer their assistance to the beleaguered Michigan city of 99,000 residents.
“We want a friend like Hillary in the White House ... because we know this is not going to go away,” Weaver said in a conference call with reporters organized by the Clinton campaign. “And we need a fighter. We need someone there fighting for the city of Flint. ... And Hillary Clinton has shown us that she’s ready to take that on.”
At the end of Sunday night’s debate, Clinton said every American “should be outraged” by what is happening in Flint, a predominantly poor and African-American community.
Clinton used the nationally televised debate to claim Gov. Rick Snyder’s response to Flint’s plight would have been faster “if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it.”
Snyder shot back Monday, telling The Detroit News that Clinton was “politicizing the issue.” The former secretary of state is in the middle of a close Democratic primary battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses and Feb. 8 New Hampshire primary.
Cher rips Snyder again
Almost two weeks after pop singer Cher took to Twitter and appeared to call for the execution of Gov. Rick Snyder over the Flint water crisis, the pop diva has turned her social media firing squad on the conditions of school buildings in the Detroit Public Schools.
On Sunday, the singer and actress tweeted “Detroit city schools” accompanied by photos of water stains on a drop tile ceiling, moldy bread, stained tile floors and garbage cans catching water dripping from a classroom ceiling.
Cher also tweeted: “GOV SNYDER GAVE DARNELL EARLEY..CONTROL OF DETROIT CITY SCHOOLS, JAN. 2015. PARENTS OF DETROIT GET INVOLVED. MAKE ‘SURE’ YOUR CHILDREN R SAFE.”
Volunteers help Flint moms
Michigan volunteers for GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz were scheduled to deliver water in Flint Wednesday for crisis pregnancy centers to give to expecting and new mothers, the Michigan campaign said.
“What’s happened in Flint, Michigan is an absolute travesty,” the campaign quoted the Texas U.S. senator as saying at a recent news conference. “It is a failure at every level of government, a failure of the city officials, a failure of the county officials, and the men and women of Michigan have been betrayed.”
The Michigan campaign considers expectant and new moms one of the most vulnerable of Flint’s residents during the contaminated water crisis.
Contributors: Chad Livengood and Richard Burr