Gov. Rick Snyder Responds to Flint Crisis by Drinking the Tap Water

Bad PR. How's that taste?

There’s Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan. And that’s (allegedly) a bottle of Flint tap water.

You know, that rusty colored liquid suggested for bathing, dining, and drinking? Yeah, that stuff.

Snyder has been asked to accept some responsibility for this horrendous PR crisis in his state by testifying before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on “Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III.”

The guy just can’t seem to get it right with this thing.

He hires a PR firm in January… and loses them in March. America wants him fired, impeached, or worse. And for his troubles, he declared a state of emergency, added more funding for children affected by lead poisoning in Flint and provided partial reimbursement for water bills paid during the contamination period (wait, what?!).

To show once again that he is a man of the people, Snyder made a vow to drink Flint tap water for the next 30 days.

flint water plantThe Flint Tap Water Challenge is definitely a dare for Snyder. At first, he suggested that denizens of the beleaguered city with imprisoned water supply use “more filtered tap water” instead of plain old tap water while the city ensures its safety.

The scars are still wide open and that was a huge lick of salt. Remember, the Flint water crisis dates back to when the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014.

An unnamed state official said his constituents wants him to drink the tap water before anyone. So, he is.

“I completely understand why some Flint residents are hesitant to drink the water and I am hopeful I can alleviate some of the skepticism and mistrust by putting words to action,” Snyder said. “Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request. And I will continue drinking Flint water at work and at home for at least 30 days.”

No worry about his three children though. They don’t live at home, so they won’t be subject to the nasty calcified water. Too bad other families in Flint can’t say that.

 

[PHOTO: KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters]