Some Democrats want Snyder, Pscholka and Tyler recalled

By: Brandon Lewis Email
By: Brandon Lewis Email

The State Democratic Party said they are against recalls, but that's not stopping some from organizing several recalls.

On Monday, Mark Brewer, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, met with Southwest Michigan Democrats to discuss future plans.

While he maintained the party's official stance against recalls, others at the meeting wore buttons encouraging a recall of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, State Rep. Al Pscholka and State Rep. Sharon Tyler.

"We're not officially supportive of the recall effort. We're not opposed to it, but we're not official part of it at this point. We've long been on record as opposing recalls for political reasons. We think it should be restricted to misfeasance in office," said Brewer.

Democrats are using the controversial Public Act 4, which expands an Emergency Manager's power as a platform to gain supporters, however Republicans counter they're missing the point of the law.

"Almost all of the detractors like to gloss over the primary affect of this act, which is some much needed proactive, preventative steps designed to save municipalities and school districts from plummeting toward financial insolvency," said State Rep. Al Pscholka.

Brewer called P.A. 4 a "travesty" and is hoping the controversy will attract crossover votes from Republicans and Independents.

"We've now seen what happens when Republicans get in power. Not just here in Michigan, but also in Washington and that is very angering and mobilizing a lot of folks. A lot of Republicans I've heard from have said I voted for Snyder. This is not what I voted for," said Brewer.

Those seeking a recall may be facing an uphill battle. Earlier in the day, a proposal to recall Pscholka was unanimously rejected by a Berrien County panel because of unclear language.

Supporters may resubmit their proposal once the language is corrected. Once approved, they will then need several thousand signatures of registered voters in the 79th district to get a recall election.

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