Calls Michigan Governor “phony” says he should face criminal charges
The Congressional hearing regarding the ongoing Flint Water Crisis is underway, and at least one representative has wasted no time in making his opinions on the subject known.
US Representative Matt Cartwright, D-PA, called Wednesday morning for Snyder to resign saying “Plausible deniability only works when it is plausible, and I’m not buying that you didn’t know about any of this until October 2015. You were not in a medically induced coma for a year.”
Snyder is testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy in the second of hearings this week regarding the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan.
“I’ve had enough of your false contrition and your phony apologies,” continued Cartwright. He further noted that former EPA Region 5 administrator Susan Hedman, who previously testified Tuesday before the committee “bears not one-tenth of the responsibility of the state of Michigan and she resigned.”
“There you are dripping with guilt, but drawing your paycheck, hiring lawyers at the expense of the people, and doing your dead level best to spread accountability to others and not being accountable,” said Cartwright. “It’s not appropriate.”
Cartwright is the latest lawmaker in Washington to step up the intensity in calling for Snyder’s resignation, joining Rep. Elijah Cummings in additionally stating that if this was the private sector, and Snyder was the CEO, he to would be “hauled up on criminal charges.”
Ari Adler, a spokesman for Snyder, reiterated Snyder’s earlier position that he would not be resigning from office and attempted to make the governor the martyr in this case, saying “instead he is standing up and taking responsibility.”
“He is deeply concerned about how government at all levels failed the people of Flint and is passionate about solving the problems that allowed it to happen,” said Adler. “Gov. Snyder has a track record of getting things done and he truly wants to get this done for the people of Flint and everyone in Michigan.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 17, 2016