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Rough treatment of Gov. Snyder draws sympathy

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

There's some sympathy for Gov. Rick Snyder after he was booed and heckled during brief remarks at a Flint high school.

Lamar Boyd says it took "guts" for Snyder to appear before more than 1,000 people and apologize for the lead-contaminated water. The 54-year-old Flint resident who's using bottled water says the negative reaction was "very over the top."

Snyder's appearance Wednesday surprised the crowd, which was awaiting a speech by President Barack Obama. The Republican governor spoke for just a few minutes.  When he said "government failed," some people shouted, "You failed!"

Snyder's environmental agency didn't require corrosion controls in Flint's water. As a result, lead leached from old plumbing and fixtures.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Flint Democrat, says residents might feel differently if Snyder did more to replace pipes.

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