Here's an up to the minute update on the effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder.
There is no update.
The good folks running this thing have clamped a cone of silence on the effort.
"We're doing very well," is the only comment one of the organizers would volunteer when asked how many signatures had been collected.
Does that mean they have ten thousand names or ten?
They ain't saying.
Now the cynic might conclude, they obviously won't release the number because it is so pitiful. To reveal it would indicate that the recall effort is deader than a door nail and that would erase any hope of gathering one million names by August 5th.
You read that correctly. The recallers need about 10,000 names everyday in order to reach that objective and while they deserve credit for acting on their beliefs that the gov. should go, the reality is, it would be a miracle if they got the names to force a statewide vote in November.
The "committee" as Tim Kramer of Oakland County describes it, has a different reason for sitting on the number: Security and they want to get it right or as one web site put it, "We would rather be 100% accurate in our assessment than misrepresenting the current standing."
It is true that during the ill-fated recall of one Gov. John Engler, those organizers hyped the media with glowing reports of hundreds of thousands of names and with no way to check it, the media reported same. Ah, but alas the number was far less.
It is pretty clear that these organizers are passionate and at one web location, a writer tried to prove it by saying, "This is not some girl cookie sale (apparently leaving out the word scout), we are serious, covering all our bases and intend to take back our state from Engler, Snyder and maybe Dick Cheney." (Not sure how Cheney got into this mess?)
While they steadfastly refuse to provide an update, the web sight does reveal they have a goal of $250,000 and to date, they've raised about $14,000.
You can pretty much figure out where this thing is headed with or without the release of any numbers.