The growing backlash against Rick Snyder on the streets of Ann Arbor

Katrease Stafford has a piece in today’s Detroit Free Press about the growing backlash Rick Snyder has been encountering here in his hometown of Ann Arbor. Here, in case you’re interested, is my brief contribution to the discussion.


Read the whole article if you have a chance. There’s lots of good stuff. Stafford spent all of last Thursday here in Ann Arbor, walking the streets and talking with people about how they perceive the Governor, who now lives at the heart of downtown, in a $2 million Main Street condo. Among others, she interviewed my old bandmate Pete Larson’s son Miles, local activist Susan Fecteau, and my friend Jennifer Scroggins… all people who are dedicated to keeping the pressure on our Governor.

Here’s the Free Press video of Susan Fecteau writing messages to Rick Snyder in chalk on the sidewalk outside his $2 million condo.

update: OK, it looks like this story has made it to USA Today.

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  1. Peter Larson
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 1:01 am | Permalink


  2. Posted February 15, 2016 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Your son is quoted in the article.

  3. Posted February 15, 2016 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Surely, given that, you can do better than “interesting.”

  4. Peter Larson
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink


  5. Jean Henry
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    “…some people here are pretty docile.”

  6. E. McNeil
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Katrease Stafford’s article says this isn’t the first time the Governor has put life before profits. WZZM 13 and Wood 8 in Grand Rapids have been reporting on how the State has failed to provide care for our Veteran’s at The Grand Rapids Home For Veterans’. It’s a continued position this Administration has taken to supposedly saving money at the expense of LIVES. Where is his commitment to Veteran’s and their long term needs.

  7. Lynne
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    It is hard to feel sorry for the guy.

  8. Kim
    Posted February 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    No one has taken a swing at him. Miles said “you fucked up,” Susan chalked the sidewalk outside of his apartment, and Mark let the world in on the secret birthday party of bad taste. That’s not much. I saw a story on the news the other day about a politician in some other part of the world who was pelted with dildos. Wake me up when that starts happening. I’ve got a few to contribute.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted February 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The Ann Arbor News has a similar story by Ryan Stanton which is also good. It ends with a few quotes from you.


    “While I’m sure there are still places that he’d be welcome, like the West End Grill, where he’s a regular, I have a feeling, as evidenced by what just happened at the Old Town, that our governor’s beloved Ann Arbor is growing smaller and smaller with each passing day,” Maynard wrote in a blog post last month.

    Maynard said he hasn’t been involved in any of the protests, but he’s glad people in Ann Arbor are making the governor aware of how they feel.

    “I think, if we’re going to see meaningful action from him, it will likely be because of things like the reception he received tonight at Old Town, and not because of protestors at the capital, or Facebook posts by the likes of Michael Moore,” Maynard wrote on his blog the night Snyder was heckled at Old Town.

    “I think it’s incredibly important to Snyder how he’s perceived by his peers in Ann Arbor, and I know that, when he ran for governor, this is not how he imagined things playing out. He wanted to be the ‘tough nerd’ who solved all of our problems and put us on the path to a brighter future. Sadly, though, it didn’t turn out that way. He tried to run our state like a business, and, as a result, a city and its people have been ruined. And I’m afraid, now, he’s lost his hometown, too.”

  10. Jay Steichmann
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Hometown? I read his Wiki page. He can go back to Battle Creek if he wants home town love. I’ve been here 30 years and get reminded by some that I’m not and never will be a Townie. Snyder may live here, but this ain’t HIS hometown.

  11. Demetrius
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    The rumor is that Snyder may be out of office by the end of the weekend.

  12. Bob
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Rumor where?

  13. Peter Larson
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Who cares?

  14. Bob
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    All snark aside, you need mental help. I sincerely hope you get some.

  15. (the original) Robert
    Posted March 13, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    If the Governor were to throw expensive birthday parties for each and every citizen of Michigan, we might forgive him.

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