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Republican Governor compares Detroit floods to a leak at his lake house

Gov. Rick Snyder attempts to show solidarity; fails


Joanna Rothkopf
August 14, 2014 6:22PM (UTC)

There have been a few recent incidents of public figures attempting to commiserate with the little people by telling sob stories of that time they were arrested with a burrito or something, only to further alienate themselves. The latest comes just days after massive flooding in Detroit killed at least two people. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) appeared on a local Detroit radio show to show his solidarity with the people of the city.

"I've been there myself," he said to WJR host Frank Beckmann.

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"Have you really?" Beckmann asked. "A lot of people look at you, Governor Snyder, and they go, you know, here's the rich nerd who's always had it well because he's been successful, he's never been impacted by this flooding stuff."

"I've been through a lot of things like that, Frank," the Governor insisted. "We recently just had holes in our roof from storm damage to our lake house. We have a vacation place, and we had a limb come down, put holes in the roof and had water running through the whole place. Those experiences are not pleasant ones."

On Monday, a record 6.25 inches of rain fell in the Detroit area -- the highest single-day rainfall in 89 years, according to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Insufficient drainage caused water to reach up to 14 feet high on certain freeways, forcing thousands to abandon their submerged cars on the road.

Word to the wise, politicians -- when attempting to be 'one of the guys,' it's probably best not to mention your multiple homes.


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