LANSING (WWJ) – The recall effort targeting Governor Rick Snyder is over.
Saying it was “well short” of its goal, the group Michigan Rising has ended its campaign to collect signatures. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says this follows the failed attempt in the Badger State to recall Wisconsin’s governor.
“On one hand you had to give these people credit for getting involved in the political process. Those who don’t like Rick Snyder, his policies, said they were going to try to recall him. But also give them credit for being political realists. They couldn’t come up with a million names in order to put this on the ballot,” says Skubick.
“This was an uphill climb from the get-go. They had no money, they had very little organization. They did have some grassroots support, but they needed to collect ten thousand names every day between now and July 9th in order to get this on the ballot. There was just no way they were going to do it, and today they admitted it,” says Skubick.
Instead, Michigan Rising says it will focus on long-term efforts to counter Governor Snyder’s policies and agenda.
In a statement, Julius Muller, Michigan Rising’s CEO, said,
“We will continue to forge ahead in this battle against the corporate takeover of Michigan. While our tactics will change and our processes adapt, our goal to preserve democracy remains. I believe our decision to end this campaign is the right one. It will allow Michigan Rising to explore more viable options and free our network of supporters and volunteers to focus on more feasible opportunities through which we can achieve the victories necessary for democracy to ultimately prevail.”