It was a bad week for Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who dropped her court battle challenging the recall effort against her after it blew up in her face in Genesee Co. circuit court.
Meanwhile, veteran Flint councilman Scott Kincaid announced today at a local UAW Labor Day celebration that he will pass up the chance for certain re-election to the council for the opportunity to take on Weaver in November. There are more than a dozen other candidates in the race, but Kincaid is confident he can prevail.
Kincaid challenged then-incumbent mayor Woodrow Stanley back in 1999 and lost narrowly. Two years later, Stanley was recalled. Now, Kincaid perceives he has a second chance against a different flawed incumbent.
Weaver’s attorney watched in embarrassment and shame Tuesday after Weaver’s own witnesses offered testimony before Judge Geoffrey Neithercut that Flint police questioned and allegedly tried to bribe Flint residents into claiming in court that they had participated in petition signature-forging to enable the recall effort against Weaver.
The embattled Weaver had filed her legal challenge Aug. 22, asking Neithercut to order Genesee Co. Clerk John Gleason — a former state senator — to rescind his declaration of November’s recall election.
But everything changed in court this past week when, one by one, under oath, four of the mayor’s own witnesses testified that they had been summoned to court by police after signing recall petitions. In fact, two petition circulators said they were offered bribes by Weaver or City Administrator Sylvester Jones to stop collecting signatures.
Weaver’s effort to “spin” her administration’s agenda for the past year and a half has now been brought up short by the Flint city council, which refused to authorize payment to a Lansing public relations firm that has been propping up Weaver gratis since 2016, hoping to eventually be paid. Now Weaver and her city hall flacks are on their own.