MICHIGAN

The Nerd’s Test

Snyder faces legacy-defining decision on Detroit emergency manager.

Feb. 22, 2013, 4:11 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said he hasn’t even de­cided wheth­er to ap­point an emer­gency fin­an­cial man­ager for De­troit, but people are already re­ject­ing the po­s­i­tion. Snyder, asked if people had de­clined the job: “Oh yeah. There were quite a few people who were in that camp. Be­cause if you think about it, and this is not to im­ply we’re go­ing to do one, but it would be an ex­tremely chal­len­ging po­s­i­tion.”

Snyder, on us­ing state funds to solve the crisis: “I don’t see the state com­ing to do a massive bail­out. That’s not the an­swer here.” (De­troit Free Press)

De­troit Free Press‘s Walsh writes: “Who­ever’s on the gov­ernor’s short list to be­come De­troit’s fisc­al task­mas­ter, they’d bet­ter be as force­ful as the feds were with the auto com­pan­ies; ex­tremely sens­it­ive to De­troit’s polit­ic­al and cul­tur­al fault lines; and thick-skinned as rhino­cer­oses.”

De­troit Free Press‘s Ri­ley writes: “Come Elec­tion Day next year, one of two things will be true: Gov. Rick Snyder will be seen as the man who saved De­troit, or he will be the man who failed to save the middle-class mecca that has be­come syn­onym­ous with urb­an per­il — phys­ic­al and fisc­al. … As the city — and state — wait to find out what hap­pens, it is clear Snyder isn’t wait­ing. He’s re­search­ing and study­ing and weigh­ing what needs to hap­pen. Be­cause wheth­er or not he ran as the gov­ernor who would save De­troit, he now is the gov­ernor who will either save it — or fail.” Snyder, on if a De­troit EFM would need to be Afric­an-Amer­ic­an: “I’m try­ing to find someone who would be a good fit for De­troit.”

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