Snyder tweets defense to Dems on Flint

DetroitNews

While the Democratic candidates for president used a debate to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder’s handling of the Flint water crisis, Snyder took to Twitter to defend himself.

During the presidential debate Sunday night, Snyder fired back at his two naysayers.

“In a few days, political candidates will be leaving #Flint and Michigan,” he wrote. “I am committed to the people of Flint.”

At the beginning of the debate, candidate Hillary Clinton called for Snyder to resign, or be recalled.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for Snyder to resign in January, becoming the first national Democratic leader to do so.

But Snyder fought back, Twitter-style.

“This was never about money,” he wrote about Flint. “This was a failure of government at all levels that could be described as a massive error of bureaucracy.”

He owned up to his role in the crisis.

“I’m taking responsibility as our value system says we should,” he wrote. “My track record is getting things done and I want to get this done.”

But critics of the governor said he moved too slowly to address the water crisis, and echoed Clinton’s and Sanders’ refrain that he leave office.

“Can we focus on the long-term solution of keeping you away from the public? It’s called jail,” wrote John Tenney in a response to one of Snyder’s tweets.

Snyder also pointed out several of the things the governor’s office is doing for Flint.

He said the state has helped deliver $70 million in aid to the city, and wants to give a total of $230 million.

Snyder said he has proposed $15 million for food and nutrition, and $63 million for physical, social, and educational well-being for Flint.

His office has partnered with Michigan Works! to hire 81 Flint residents to work at water resource site, he said.

Snyder also pointed readers toward websites that contained more information about his office’s efforts in the crisis.

“Together, we can focus on longer term solutions for Flint,” he wrote.

Snyder also described other accomplishments by his office not related to the Flint crisis.

He said the state has added 440,000 private sector jobs since he took office in 2011.

He also tweeted about Detroit and its comeback.

“Detroit is stronger than it has been in decades,” he wrote. “We came together to pass the bipartisan Grand Bargain & help Detroit’s families.”