7 petitions to recall Snyder all rejected - WNEM TV 5

7 petitions to recall Snyder all rejected

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Just moments after his petition to recall Gov. Rick Snyder failed, Quincy Murphy spoke to TV5.

"I don't agree with the decision," Murphy said.

The board of state canvassers voted it down 4-0. They ruled the language in the petition was based on opinion – not fact.

"He has self-destructed our community and stripped us from our democracy. And we will not stand for this. We're going to fight back," Murphy.

The language of Murphy’s petition alleges the governor failed to protect the citizens of Flint, resulting in an emergency in Genesee County from lead in the drinking water.

Snyder's attorney, John Pirich, said he expected the petition to fail.

"They rely upon opinions. They rely upon conclusions. They don't rely upon facts. They're not accurate with regard to that standard. Therefore they cannot be certified," Pirich said.

There were seven other petitions filed against Snyder that the board heard. All seven of them were rejected too.

"It can't be opinion. It has to be fact," said Julie Matuzak. "So in this case it can't be that the governor let down the people of Flint. It has to be that the governor made this specific decision and you have documentation to support that."

Matuzak, who is on the board of canvassers, said recall petitions are a lot strong when they include minutes of a meeting, the text of a speech or a specific voting record.

She said these facts can clear the way.

"When a citizen signs it they're pretty much assured that signature is going to count for something," Matuzak said.

Murphy said he will file a new recall petition with new language in a couple of weeks.

"We will be moving forward to get the governor out of office," Murphy said.

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