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Michigan Republicans Call for Anti-Gay RNC Committeeman Dave Agema to Step Down: VIDEO


Dave Agema, the notoriously anti-gay RNC committeeman who, in the past has said that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, and last week said Russia's anti-gay law is "common sense", is finally under some major fire from his own party in Michigan.

2_agemaThe former Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos, is calling on Agema to step down over his comments about Muslims and gay people.

FOX17 reports:

This week, she has come out against the Agema’s comments, saying, “He has damaged his position and his party.  He reflects badly on Republicans and on Michigan… I couldn`t stand by and hold my tongue.”

Political Consultant and grass-roots Republican activist Dennis Lennox has also gathered around 200 signatures, creating a petition to try to get Agema removed from his position with the RNC. He said there was growing resentment and backlash from party members.

“Unfortunately one of my friends until last week, he was the leader of the National Gay Republicans organization, and he actually quit the Republican party over this,” Lennox said. “We’re losing people.”

When we stopped by Agema’s home to ask if he would like to talk about the recent issues, a woman answered the door but quickly slammed it shut when we said we were from FOX 17.

Agema responded to the growing controversy on Facebook earlier this week, the Washington Blade reports:

Saying he’s been on vacation for the past eight days, Agema said his intent with his previous messages — which have riled both gay Republicans and GOP leadership — was to “encourage discourse.” “While I was gone it seems the same people are feeding half truths to the news within the GOP, stirring up divisiveness,” Agema apparently said. “I stand on the same issues I always have — God, family and country.”

Agema also said that just because he posts something on Facebook doesn't mean he endorses it, and some of the articles he has posted were to "encourage discourse."

Watch FOX17's report and visit to Agema's home (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I was hoping Agema would stick around long enough to cost his party the control they've had over our state legislature before they succeed in turning us into Michissippi.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 21, 2014 8:06:52 AM

  2. Re: “Republican activist Dennis Lennox has also gathered around 200 signatures, creating a petition to try to get Agema removed from his position with the RNC. He said there was growing resentment and backlash from party members.”
    So out of the tens of millions of people voting Republican in the state, Mr. Lennox gathers 200 signatures and tells us that there’s a backlash. Who does he think he’s kidding?
    The Republican Party is VERY much in support of Mr. Agema. Looks to me that, Betsy DeVos and Dennis Lennox don’t know much about the political party they have been supporting. I wonder where they’ve been for all these decades that their political party has been running and winning with all that hate speech. Without the politics of hate the Republicans can’t win elections.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 21, 2014 9:02:38 AM

  3. So, he can lie, and post lies, and it's just "promoting discourse," but when other people comment, that's "stirring up divisiveness."

    In other words, "I can do whatever I want and shouldn't face any consequences, but everyone else has to do it all my way or shut up."

    Sounds like the modern face of the Republican Party to me.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jan 21, 2014 9:12:10 AM

  4. Betsy DeVos (Amway millionaire) has given millions of dollars to anti-gay causes. Her family led the effort to put the anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot in Michigan.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 21, 2014 9:35:31 AM

  5. I find it fascinating when someone like "Lymis" on here can say, "Sounds like the modern face of the Republican Party to me" in regards to some bigoted statements by an Agema, as if that represents all of the Republican party, but conveniently forgets to mention the recent statements by the Democrat Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who said that pro-life people are not welcome in the state of New York. Now THAT is a bigotted statement! Is it then fair to say that Gov.Cuomo is the bigotted face of the modern Democrat Party? Seems to me the Democrats are just as much a bunch of bigots as the Republicans...even moreso.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 21, 2014 10:04:16 AM

  6. "Encourage discourse"wow. THAT sounds like he got legal advice.

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Jan 21, 2014 10:17:19 AM

  7. I second Homer. DeVos family has a long history in Michigan of supporting anti-gay politicians and legislation. The only thing that has changed is that Betsy is smart enough to see that open hostility will soon hurt Republicans even in MI.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 21, 2014 11:35:05 AM

  8. One big happy family... Betsy DeVoss - Daughter-in-law of Rich DeVoss (Amway), and her Brother is Erik Prince (Blackwater).

    Didn't Rich DeVoss run for governor a few years back?

    Surprised me too to hear she was taking the anti-anti-gay-republican role.


    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 21, 2014 11:46:43 AM

  9. 200 signatures! *snickering snottily*

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jan 21, 2014 12:32:27 PM

  10. Mr. Agema is cracking me up!! He spouts all this nonsense and when confronted runs!!! and has the nerve to say, he is stirring up discourse! BS.... his comments are so far to the right, he makes some of the other right wingers look liberal.....this man's behavior is cowardly and spineless......

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 21, 2014 1:53:27 PM

  11. So, what he says he says only to be a provocateur. Not much different than Slush Windbagh.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jan 21, 2014 2:15:15 PM

  12. Jesus, Jon, don't be an idiot.

    Posted by: jerriblank | Jan 21, 2014 6:03:02 PM

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