Gov. Rick Snyder’s staffers worried in September that the issue of lead in Flint’s drinking water was being politicized and that the state’s role in the crisis was being exaggerated.
“I can’t figure out why the state is responsible except that (then-treasurer Andy) Dillon did make the ultimate
decision so we’re not able to avoid the subject,” Snyder’s chief of staff Dennis Muchmore wrote to Snyder in a Sept. 25, 2015, email.
He followed it up the next morning writing: “The real responsibility rests with the county, city and KWA,” referring to the Karegnondi Water Authority. “But since the issue here is the health of citizens and their children we’re taking a proactive approach.”
Muchmore’s email was included in 274 pages of Snyder’s emails released today in wake of the water crisis that has led protesters to call for the governor to resign.