Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Is at Harvard for Fellowship; Should He Teach What Not to Do?

June 30, 2019, 10:33 PM

Rick Snyder talks to the media while governor.
(Deadline Detroit file photo)

Rick Snyder had a bumpy tenure as Michigan's two-term governor. Just one indicator of his steep fall from grace was when GOP presidential candidates in 2016 courted his endorsement. After the Flint water scandal, none of them wanted anything to do with him. He was way too toxic.

Snyder, who stepped down in January 2019, now is taking his shtick on the road.

Harvard announced he begins working today as a senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Talking Points Memo reports in a story titled "Ex-Michigan Governor Tied to Flint Water Scandal Named Harvard Fellow."

“Governor Snyder brings his significant expertise in management, public policy, and promoting civility to Harvard Kennedy School,” Jeffrey Liebman, director of the Taubman Center, said in the announcement. “We are excited that he will be joining the Taubman Center and confident that he will bring tremendous value to us and our students.”

In some ways, who better to teach students how to avoid a disaster in office, and how not to handle one? He's got experinece that might help political-wannabees.

Still, critics express objections with a #NoSnyderFellowship hashtag on Twitter, urging an email campaign asking Liebman to rescind the Republican's appointment.

-- Allan Lengel 

Read more:  Talking Points Memo

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