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RNC chair calls on Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks to resign

Friday, January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Republican National Committee has called for the resignation of a Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

Dave Agema

Dave Agema

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Michigan Party Chairman Bobby Schostak on Friday called for Dave Agema to step down as one of Michigan’s representatives to the Republican National Committee.

“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.

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.

The controversy comes as Republican officials from across the country gathered in Washington for the RNC’s winter meeting. GOP leaders are particularly focused on broadening the party’s appeal to younger voters and minorities.

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Agema did not attend the Washington meeting and was not immediately available for comment. In a recent statement, he said his “liberal critics” would use his attendance as an excuse “for a drawn-out fight between liberals and conservatives within the party.”

GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s other RNC member elected at a state convention, on Friday said in a statement that Agema should resign. She had previously expressed disagreement with Agema but had not asked him publicly to step down until Priebus and Schostak weighed in.

Republican strategist Dennis Lennox, a leader in the coalition to push Agema out, said Priebus’ action “sends the message that Republicans have learned their lesson on tone and messaging.”

“The last thing Republicans need to be talking about is KKK rhetoric,” Lennox said.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. Get him the fuck out!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:29pm
  2. This gives me hope that even the GOP is starting to see the light with these radicals that are trying to take away equality for not just the LGBT community but those who have a different religion.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:29pm
  3. It's too bad that the vast majority of the GOP is radical enough, even without these extremists.

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:46pm
  4. And I do mean radical in a bad way :/

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:46pm
  5. Oh and don't forget...they'll blame it on women's libido. LOL.

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5:11am
  6. Apparently he can’t decide which group to hate?

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:31pm
  7. Please do us all a favor and resign, Mr. Agema! It is NOT too much to ask for!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:32pm
  8. Bye…don’t let the justice door hit you on the way out.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:34pm
  9. I HOPE HE BURNS IN HELL

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:35pm
  10. Some in the Party are smartening up.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:36pm
  11. You know, the Republican Party consists of brainless, lying, misinformed FFUCKING assholes!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:42pm
  12. Bye bye bigot and don’t forget to take your nasty hate with you.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:44pm
  13. What a d-bag!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:47pm
  14. Great move, alienate voters. Lord the stupid never ends.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
  15. We don’t like you theres more of us then fuckers like you

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:02pm
  16. Dumb arsed American can you imagine all the prostitutes he’s slept with as an “airline pilot” & how many diseases he’s spread among his conquests

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:04pm
  17. You, like the RCC, cannot whitewash your vitirolic hate directed at the homosexuals of the world.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:06pm
  18. Because he said what they all think?…..

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:08pm
  19. They’re calling for his resignation NOT because he’s a bigot against the gay community BUT because it’s doesn’t look good for the GOP brand.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:11pm
  20. why do gays think they can control people and the world.zip up your pants guys and keep your private lifes just that PRIVATE !

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:17pm
  21. What’s with these GOP people? They just can’t keep that silver foot out of their mouth.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:46pm
  22. We don’t need this kind of TRASH in Congress.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:06pm
  23. This is good news for Michigan!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:31pm
  24. That’s a real change. The anti-gay stance is the main reason I hardly ever vote for a republican; I have, mostly judges, though

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:31pm
  25. He’s not Being tossed out because of anti gay stance. He’s being thrown out because he insulted high level Muslims in the GOP.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:56pm
  26. Don’t believe the hype. They still don’t like us one bit!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:18pm
  27. Wow!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  28. lol this means he sucked someones dick in college

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:27pm
  29. This isn’t about gays, he bad mouthed the Muslims. Read the article. The GOP hates anyone who isnt crazy like them, but, the Muslim community will call upon their crazy terrorist to retaliate.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:37pm
  30. Um….duh

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:20am
  31. That’s the pot calling the kettle black. They are all a bunch of hateful racist bigots

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:14pm