Fortune Magazine: Snyder one of ‘World’s Most Disappointing Leaders’

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Governor Rick Snyder speaks with an executive from Nissan the 2016 North American International Auto Show (FOX 17)

LANSING, Mich. — Fortune Magazine has named Gov. Rick Snyder one of the the most disappointing leaders in the world. 

Snyder tops a list of 19 leaders that was published Wednesday.

The magazine cites the governor’s handling of the Flint water crisis:

Snyder and his team sparked national outrage after an attempt at cost-savings left the impoverished city of Flint, Mich. with a lead-tainted water supply that is being blamed for illness and brain damage, especially among its youngest residents. Called to testify before Congress, Snyder, who touted his competence in his gubernatorial campaign, labeled the experience the “most humbling” of his life—then attempted to shift blame.

Ari Adler, Snyder’s spokesperson, dismissed the list and argued the magazine’s assessment that Flint River water was used as a cost-saving measure was not accurate.

“Gov. Snyder is focused on fixing problems, not internet polls. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that a major news publication would ask its readers to vote on something like this and then give them incorrect information on which to base their vote,” Adler said by email to FOX 17 on Wednesday evening.

“The decision on whether to use corrosion control in the Flint water supply was not about saving money, but rather was a mistake made by bureaucrats who misinterpreted a flawed federal rule.”

Adler said Snyder is the only leader at all levels of government involved in the Flint water crisis who has been willing to stand up, apologize, and take responsibility.

Also included on the list are Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, Chipotle co-CEOs Montgomery Moran and Steve Ells and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.

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7 comments

    • Andrew

      And then there is this:
      Ari Adler, Snyder’s spokesperson, dismissed the list and argued the magazine’s assessment that Flint River water was used as a cost-saving measure was not accurate.
      “Gov. Snyder is focused on fixing problems, not internet polls. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that a major news publication would ask its readers to vote on something like this and then give them incorrect information on which to base their vote,” Adler said by email to FOX 17 on Wednesday evening.

      So it is ok to give the people incorrect information about the safety of their water, but it is “unfortunate” to give them incorrect information about the governor’s rationalization of those lies? It sounds like that is what Adler is saying here.

      Either way, Snyder should resign. He has lost all confidence, not just from Michiganians, but from other governors and poltiicians everywhere. I know he says he wants to fix the problem, but sometimes the fix will come easier and faster if the person who created the mess steps back and gets out of the way. What is best for this state would be for him to step down.

    • scott

      How soon people forget that Jenny G. took our State ranking down to dead last! Then she couldn’t leave fast enough once her term was up. Gov. Snyder has done a good job in trying to revive our economy that libtard Jenny G. had destroyed.

      • Ken strand

        Snyder benefited from. National economy improving and auto companies strengthening. All he had done is rubber stamp legislature not lead and privatize everything he could with generally bad outcomes. His administration has become less transparent not more as he promised. He is a failed official on all levels and has cost this state a lot and his legacy will be infrastructure problems and bad contacts for years to come. The sooner that he goes and takes his administration of incompetents with him the better off we will be.

        • scott

          Obviously, people who did not live here during Granholms reign of terror from 2003-2011, are clueless on just how bad she was at her job. She failed, then bailed, and Snyder had to clean it up. Just like Trump will have to do once Obongo leaves office.

      • susan hooper

        Scott, you must value money over lives, what is a little poisoning of poor children compared to cutting taxes for millionaires. You must be a smoker drinker and gas guzzler Granholm had to raise sin tax to make up for Engler’s reduction of the income tax by .1%. Synder’s ta cuts to business of 1.8 billions COST the 4.6 million MI taxpayers 3000 dollars each, cutting 40,000 people off food stamps SAVED the people $11 each. MI has lowest recovery from the recession, a net lose in jobs and population. Flint’s economic crisis was manufactured by Snyder deliberately cutting revenue sharing disproportionately to Flint then assigning and micro-managing the EFM. I might suggest you research some facts, read Snyder’s emails and the court case Welch v. Brown. I repeat the whole premise for the EFM was a lie!