Emergency Manager Apologizes For Calling Detroiters 'Dumb' and 'Lazy'
Posted: 16 Aug 2013 06:00 AM PDT
Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder's hand-selected emergency manager Kevyn Orr says he “was being dumb” when he criticized Detroiters for being "dumb" and "lazy" as the city sank fiscally.
During an interview earlier this month with the Wall Street Journal, Orr said then that, “For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich … Detroit has been the center of more change in the 20th century than I dare say virtually any other city, but that wealth allowed us to have a covenant if you had an eighth grade education, you’ll get 30 years of a good job and a pension and great health care, but you don’t have to worry about what’s going to come.”
On Wednesday, he backtracked.
“I would say — very clearly to the people of Detroit — I apologize,” Orr said. “That was a slip of the tongue,” he explained, saying he never thought his words would be taken as an insult."Who knew Detroiters read the Wall Street Journal? I was being dumb. I’ve since come to realize it’s a distraction.”
Shortly after Orr's comments were published by the Wall Street Journal, critics called on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to fire the city's emergency manager.
More than a dozen retirees went to city hall demanding an apology from Orr. They called his comments, "Ignorant," "slanderous" and said Detroit's municipal retirees were being treated as "scapegoats."