The Committee to Recall Rick Snyder announced this morning that they have failed to gather enough signatures in the amount of time allotted by the Michigan Constitution to place the recall of Rick Snyder on the ballot.
It is with a measure of sadness that we announce that the bid to recall Gov. Rick Snyder will come up short in the number of signatures required to file. We do not have a final count yet, but will have one soon and will send out another update when that time comes.
We would first like to take this opportunity to thank all of the over 5000 active volunteers and their families who participated, sacrificed their time and put blood, sweat and tears into this campaign. Without you, we would have never made it as far as we did. There never was, nor will there ever be any doubt that you are the heart and soul of this organization and we cannot possibly begin to pay you the homage that you so rightly deserve. We’ve said it before; appreciation is an enigmatic concept and virtually impossible to quantify. Whatever that word means to you in its purest and most encapsulating form, know that you and you families have all of ours.
Yet, our bid to remove Snyder from office does not end here. We and our county coordinators agree that the only way we will assuredly lose is if we stop fighting. So this week, amid much and sometimes heated debate we have come to the mutual conclusion that this fight must continue. We will not surrender, we will not give up. As long as there is a breath left in our collective body, this fight will move forward.
Finally we would like to thank Chris Bowers, campaign director at Daily Kos and his team for providing much needed support and guidance.
Also we would like to thank all the other blogs, organizations and their members for supporting us, each in their own special way:
Lew Granofsky – Fieldworks
Chris Savage – Eclectablog
The Michigan Education Association
Democracy for America
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
During the next couple of weeks, please look out for some updates on our plans for restructuring and steps we will take into the future.
While this is certainly a huge disappointment to many here in Michigan, everyone involved should be proud of their effort. As many commentators have said, the odds are stacked against recalling a sitting governor in this state and without the backing of the major labor unions or the Michigan Democratic Party, both of which chose to sit this one out, the odds were even longer.
If you were a volunteer for the Snyder recall effort, do not allow this news to dispirit you or to keep you from continuing your grassroots activism against the massive and harmful Republican overreach in Michigan. Not only do we need your energy and passion more than ever, there are plenty of worthy efforts still underway such as the repeal of Public Act 4. If nothing else, a year from now, the get out the vote effort (GOTV) will be critical to removing Republicans across the state, ensuring that Debbie Stabenow remains our Senator and keeping Barack Obama in office.
As Jennifer Granholm said at her book signing in Ann Arbor this week:
There is sweet revenge at the ballot box.