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Top Democrat in state House calls on Gov. Snyder to resign over Flint water

The Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing
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The chamber of Michigan's House of Representatives in Lansing. Leaders in the Michigan legislature and Governor Granholm are close to an agreement on the budget.

The top Democrat in the state House is calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign.

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, says he should step down “for his actions and inactions pertaining to the Flint water crisis.”

Greimel is the first high-ranking lawmaker to call on Snyder to step down since the scope of Flint’s water crisis became public and the state began action to resolve it. Snyder’s office voluntarily released emails recently that show top aides raised concerns months earlier.

  

Greimel says either Snyder knew or he’s an inept leader.

“It is inconceivable the governor wasn’t aware of what was going on,” he told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

He says the governor’s handling of the crisis also speaks to larger problems within the Snyder Administration.

“This administration under Governor Snyder has been out of control and has been lacking in transparency and accountability and, ultimately, the governor is accountable and responsible for that. He needs to resign.”

The governor’s office says Snyder is fully committed to remaining in office and fixing the problems with the water in Flint.

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