The Flint Water Crisis May Finally Have A Champion In Dana Nessel
Citizens in Flint, Michigan may finally be getting the help they so desperately need in their fight to hold those people responsible for the water crisis in the city accountable.
Democratic challenger Dana Nessel handily defeated Republican Tom Leonard to become the state’s next attorney general and she is an outspoken critic of how the Flint water crisis has been handled.
While Nessel promised to focus on the legalization of marijuana and various other civil rights issues in the state during her campaign, she has long stated her belief that the water crisis and its investigation were wrongfully and potentially illegally handled.
“I have long been a critic of the way in which Bill Schuette has handled the Flint water crisis investigation,” Nessel told Bridge.
“He is merely an opportunist who has used the crisis to further his political ambitions via a series of politically charged show trials.”
Nessel says the entire investigation has been “highly suspect” and she plans to “re-evaluate” the investigation and all of its pending cases.
For his part in the crisis, Schuette has been accused of exploiting the situation to serve his own political agenda.
The investigation has produced some results, such as Nick Lyon, the head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, who faces various criminal charges including involuntary manslaughter after an elderly man died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease. In total, a dozen officials have been charged with crimes so far.
Nessel will likely have the full support of the state’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer.