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Bing's support of EM 'may go south,' Snyder administration fears

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing with Kevin Orr (left), the city's emergency manager Detroit Mayor Dave Bing with Kevin Orr (left), the city's emergency manager
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

When it comes to the emergency manager in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder said, "I think it's gone in a relatively positive fashion in terms of people trying to work together, and I hope that spirit continues."

However, there was no spirit of cooperation at the recent NAACP banquet in Detroit where participants routinely bashed the governor and his EM for allegedly taking over the democracy in the city.

The always upbeat governor heard the remarks and was asked, "You didn't like it?"

"It's concerning because, as a practical matter, let's stay focused on solving problems," he said.

"What was counter-productive about that meeting?" I asked.

"I'm not going to go negative on anyone, but it was clear some of the comments could raise concerns about how well people are working together now or in the future," he answered.

There are concerns in the Snyder administration about Mayor Dave Bing's current support for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.  An unnamed source fears that Bing will "go south" on that support as he prepares to run for re-election and might join in the chorus of those who oppose the EM.

Democratic Senator Bert Johnson attended that NAACP dinner and reflected on the governor's faith in the EM.

"The governor thinks the EM will work," I said.

"Of course he does.  It's his agent.  Any scientist who's mad thinks that what he's cooking up in the laboratory is going to work.  But I'm here to tell the governor that it has not worked in any of the other communities across the state, and I don't see it working the way he believes it supposed to work in the City of Detroit," he responded.

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer had some advice for the Republican governor regarding the NAACP criticism.

"He's got to grow some thicker skin.  If he's got the courage of his convictions, he shouldn't hide and do things in secret.  He should put them out there, listen to debate and listen to people who detract from him, as well as people who agree with him," she said.

Six weeks into the mission, Senate Republican Leader Randy Richardville said there is a rough road ahead.

"Coming together to solve the problem, that's going to be hard, and not everybody's going to agree," he said.

That seems to be the case so far.

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