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Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks rejects calls to resign

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee rejected calls to resign Friday after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

Dave Agema said he’s made mistakes but pledged to continue to “honor the trust and fulfill the responsibilities to those in the Michigan Republican Party that elected me.”

Dave Agema

Dave Agema

He issued a statement hours after RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Michigan Party Chairman Bobby Schostak called for his resignation.

“For the good of the party, we believe Dave Agema should resign,” Preibus and Schostak said in a joint statement.

Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. In December, he told Berrien County Republicans that his experience as an American Airlines pilot made him familiar with efforts by gays to get health insurance coverage because of the ravages of AIDS.

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He also came under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a Facebook posting this month questioning Muslims’ commitment to charity.

A number of leading Democrats and several Republican members of Michigan’s congressional delegation already have called on him to resign.

“I acknowledge errors in judgment and how I addressed them, feel badly about the impact this has had on many here in the land I love, and have learned valuable lessons about the requirements and responsibilities that are to be expected and honored by all who are in leadership positions, including myself,” Agema said.

He said he appreciates the “charitable efforts” of Muslim-Americans and apologizes for posting an article on Facebook “that has been re-quoted as my words.”

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42 more reader comments:

  1. of course.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:04pm
  2. why would he resign, that’s the way all republicans think, I don’t care if they want to distance theirselves from those comments, that’s the way all of them think

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:05pm
  3. Shocker there…

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:06pm
  4. Not surprised. Ego much, Mr. Agema????

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:06pm
  5. This prick should continual to feel pressured. We should organize prayer circles to frustrate the designs of such Evil people!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:07pm
  6. Mini-DORK!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:07pm
  7. Good! Stay in office you obstinate homophobic PIG!!!!! He can become the poster child for all of the reason most people don’t support the extremism that has consumed the GOP!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:08pm
  8. Why should he want to resign? In his own mind, he’s done nothing wrong, and nobody else’s opinion matters. He’s a classic narcissist.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:08pm
  9. Gay bashing bigot!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:08pm
  10. resign anyway it’s the in vogue thing to do. saves us the trouble of recalling your sorry ass.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:08pm
  11. I hope he remains in office just so that more sound bites of his idiocy can be re-played over and over. Go GOP….who needs opposition research when they lay it all out there!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:08pm
  12. Another repressive, regressive and rigged store-bought Republican.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:09pm
  13. We are all allowed to voice our opinions. If he’s voicing the opinions of all his constituency, he’ll stay in office. If not, he won’t. That’s democracy. Just glad I don’t live in his state.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:11pm
  14. At lest he is honest and not hiding his real views like most politicians, this way we know who to vote out :)

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:26pm
  15. Idiot….bigot…

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:12pm
  16. Just waitin’ on the gay lovers to start falling outta the closet, then he’ll resign.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:12pm
  17. Bigots be bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:13pm
  18. Go hang out in the woods with those hairy Duck people.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:14pm
  19. Closet case if ever I saw one

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:16pm
  20. Force the fuck out!!! Ice him out!! Silence him out!! Starve him out!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  21. He’s spent to much time on the North Woods of the upper peninsula and got brain freeze.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  22. Get out you bigot! Occupy resist him ! Organize and protest homophobia!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  23. This is a classic case of Power trip power struggle Power play how ever you want to say it.. This is a dictator ship in its early stages.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:25pm
  24. Hope the citizens send him a message and doesn’t allow intolerance in Michigan.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:25pm
  25. Are the officials not supposed to represent ALL consituents?

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
  26. I say good for him! It will make it easier for Democratic candidates to point at people like him–which the GOP still embrace, and say, this is who we are running against! Do we want knuckle dragging, biggoted, Neanderthals like this douchenozzle, or our candidates that embrace all no matter what race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation? For every asswad like him that the GOP keeps around, they lose millions of votes. Keep up the good work ya fecking morons!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
  27. We have a whole collection of nuts like this guy in Michigan – it’s somewhere between embarrassing and maddening. Hoping we can do something about in come November election time….

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
  28. so surprised…only his way….wow

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:29pm
  29. “I’m a bigoted moron and I’m proud to be a bigoted moron. You cannot make me stop being a bigoted moron. So there. :P”

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:30pm
  30. Good lets make more people realize that all the GOP is is for the 1% white privileged old asses and is just the party of hate and no vote vote vote them out. All they are trying to do is clean up their image because it is election time that’s all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:32pm
  31. if he wont go on his own helpong hin along right out the door

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:44pm
  32. Of course he refused, they have no honor or shame.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:51pm
  33. great another asshole in power just what the world needs

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:58pm
  34. Asshole!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:05pm
  35. You only feel badly about your “errors” because they came to light and were exposed to people who disagree.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:07pm
  36. Gays and Muslims are paying his Salary !!! Bigot… Lots about

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:07pm
  37. Of course he’s not going to resign, that would go against the Republican Parties agenda of Hate and Bigotry

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:33pm
  38. hes just gay and hates that part of himself

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:36pm
  39. That makes sense. He swears to do the things he promised to to for the republican party. Not the people of his state..only his political party.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:38pm
  40. Resign

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:04pm
  41. I’m sure it would be quite different if he made remarks against any other minority group. Shame.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:07pm
  42. Throw his ass out.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:11pm