Welcome to Michigan’s Democrat machine.
It should come as no surprise that the U.S. cities whose residents suffer the most are Democrat-controlled — many of them for decades.
Case in point is new allegations of corruption and a federal suit filed against the Flint, Michigan, mayor’s office.
A former city administrator filed the federal lawsuit claiming she was fired after reporting that charitable funds designated for the Flint water crisis were diverted to the mayor’s campaign fund. CNN reports:
In the suit filed Monday, fired administrator Natasha Henderson claims that in February 2016, Flint’s current mayor, Karen Weaver, directed a former city employee and a city volunteer to stop directing potential donors to a charity called Safe Water/Safe Homes. That charity was run by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and had been approved by the city for water-crisis donations.
Instead, the lawsuit claims city employee Maxine Murray was directed by Weaver to begin directing donations to “Karenabout Flint.” According to the lawsuit, Murray came to Henderson “in tears” and in fear of “going to jail.”CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of “Karenabout Flint,” and it does not appear in any state tax registries. “Karen About Flint” was Weaver’s campaign slogan when she ran for mayor in 2015, and her Twitter handle is @karenaboutflint.
Murray could not be reached for comment.
The suit claims that the switch was made without the approval of Flint’s city council or of the receivership transition advisory board, which was set up to help the city transition from being under state financial control.
Weaver announced Henderson’s firing in February 2016 as part of a change in personnel that included the city’s police and fire chiefs. At the time, she said in a statement, “I’m doing what I told the people who voted for me that I would do. My focus is moving the City of Flint forward and I feel these personnel changes are necessary to keep us on the right path.”
Weaver is extremely popular in Flint, widely praised by fellow Democrats at the state and federal levels. She’s been to the White House on behalf of the city, and hosted President Obama during his visit to Flint last week.
Meanwhile Henderson’s attorney states that the former city official was an “integral part of Flint’s crisis recovery” and that Henderson “pledged full support to Weaver when she worked for the city.”
“It was not until this report that there was any discussion of her being fired,” the attorney said:
“My client was brought in to help the City of Flint. She did a very good job in that regard. She did the right thing here to report this red flag, and she was punished for it.”
Democrats always eat their own when the hammer comes down.