The Flint Water Crisis has been ongoing for four years. The people of Flint continue to struggle for access to clean water and justice for what was done to their bodies and their city. As time goes on, we cannot forget the culpability in this crisis from elected officials across the board, and that includes Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Here’s a snapshot of Schuette’s involvement in the water crisis and most notably how he — just like Rick Snyder — is part of the problem.
- The Flint Water Crisis happened because of Rick Snyder’s emergency manager law, which was defended in court by Schuette.
- Schuette’s office approved the order for the Flint water switch that led to the crisis.
- In September 2015, Schuette was asked to investigate the water situation in Flint, which he declined to do.
- Schuette’s office received at least 15 complaints about the water in Flint a year before he launched his probe.
- Schuette has been criticized for his hypocrisy on being slow to respond to the crisis.
- Schuette tried to play both sides of bottled water delivery in Flint and was accused of “superficial posturing” and admonished by a judge.
- Schuette is currently grandstanding on the issue of bottled water in Flint, he’s spoken out against ending the POD program, but has done nothing to actually fix the problem.
- Rick Snyder has been untouched by Schuette’s investigation, leaving many to wonder if Snyder will ever be held accountable for the Flint Water Crisis.
We cannot let people forget Schuette’s role in creating the crisis, his late arrival to help the people of Flint, using the tragedy for political grandstanding, and his failure to hold Snyder accountable.