Each state sends one man and one woman to represent it at the National GOP committee. In 2012, at the Michigan GOP Republican Convention, Dave Agema was elected to service that role. And it all pretty much went downhill from there.
As reported by Dave Weigel of Slate, Agema also made a post, replete with badly sourced and woefully inaccurate information about gays, entitled “Everyone Should Know These Statistics About Homosexuals”:
Among the “statistics” in the article: “homosexual sexual encounters occur while drunk, high on drugs, or in an orgy setting,… Homosexuals account for half the murders in large cities” and “50% of suicides can be attributed to homosexuals.”
This is not the only incredibly ignorant post by Agema. He also called Russia’s approach to homosexuality “common sense”:
Agema also managed to make pretty inflammatory comments towards Muslims. A post on his Facebook page included the following anti-Muslim rant:
To no one’s surprise, a wide variety of high profile Republicans have called on Agema to resign his post. This includes the head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Preibus, as well as the head of the Michigan GOP and Democratic Committees.
Will Agema resign? He says no. In a recent Facebook post, Agema acknowledged that what he said was inappropriate, but refused to resign:
“I have learned much over the last several weeks and will use the lessons learned to improve on my abilities to further the best interests of all people of Michigan, through my role as a proud member of the Republican National Committee,” he said in the release.
“I have received great response at packed audiences, drawing voters to the GOP. I fully intend to honor the trust and fulfill the responsibilities to those in the Michigan Republican Party that elected me.”
However, Agema did miss the most recent RNC meeting.
As long as Mr. Agema serves, he will continue to be an embarrassment for the GOP. The sooner they get him to resign, the better.