That was short-lived.
The Detroit News is reporting that Gov. Rick Snyder is cutting ties with one (yes, that means there’s more than one) of the PR firms he brought on this winter to help him navigate the murky, shameful waters of the Flint water crisis.
Mercury Public Affairs, a Washington D.C.-based company is getting the axe after just two months. Ari Adler, the governor’s new spokesperson, told the News that this was because the agreement with the firm was "to provide short-term crisis communications support following the emergency declaration in Flint."
Mercury, of course, is not the only PR firm being utilized by the governor. In January, he also hired Bill Nowling of Finn Partners, a New York firm with offices in Detroit.
We should not be surprised to learn that both Nowling and Mercury PR have previous ties to the governor.
According to a January article from the Detroit News, the governor’s Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen is married to a woman who has worked for Mercury, and Nowling was a spokesman on Snyder’s 2010 campaign and also a press secretary for former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr.
As US Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, wrote on Twitter in January: "Gov. Snyder, the #FlintWaterCrisis is an ongoing public health emergency, not a public relations problem."
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