Petition support may be difficult

Posted at 7:21 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 19:34:54-05

"I think if we don't' have a leader who make wise decisions for our children for our state, then they need to be removed and somebody who can make those decisions would be able to take his place," said Rhema Davis, who has a child that goes to school in Detroit.

That's why she's one of many people who would support a petition to recall Governor Snyder.

"Our children have suffered enough," said Davis. "Our state has suffered enough. Our parents and our low income community has suffered enough."

But it'll take a lot more than their support for a recall.

"Removing somebody from office, especially a governor, that's a pretty drastic action," said Susan Demas with Inside Michigan Politics.

Especially since the petition has to do with the Governor's decision to move a department that deals with struggling schools under his control.

"I think that if you polled most people, they would have no idea what you were talking about," said Demas.

And nothing to do with Flint's Water Crisis.

"I am sure that people who are very upset about Flint would sign anything that would recall the Governor," said Demas. "But when you're trying to get a majority of people, if this goes on the ballot, you're going to have to make a very convincing argument."

An argument that'll need the support of more than 789 thousand people.

"There were a few efforts to recall the governor during his first term," said Demas. "One of them was approved, and they tried to gather signatures and they couldn't get enough."

And she doesn't see this petition making it all the way either.

"There's always going to be a hesitation from people to take such a drastic action, like voting to remove somebody from office," said Demas.

An idea that doesn't seem too drastic to parents like Davis.

"If we stand up together, we can get the results that we need and the results that we deserve," said Davis.