By Chris Savage
Michigan Rising, the group formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder (CRRS), was unsuccessful in its bid to recall Michigan’s governor last year. The challenges the group faced, discussed in my previous piece, The Little Recall Effort That Could -- Snyder Recall Proceeds Despite the Odds, were enormous. To put a gubernatorial recall on the ballot, the group needed to collect just over 800,000 valid petition signatures in only 90 days. Without support from the major unions or the Michigan Democratic Party, the effort faced a stiff headwind to be sure, and on September 30, 2011, they admitted defeat.
True to their word, the organizers reformed under the name Michigan Rising, converted it to a Super PAC to give them flexibility in fundraising, and will file new recall language with the Washtenaw County Election Commission in mid-March.