RNC chair Reince Priebus calls for Dave Agema to resign over anti-gay remarks

Sat. January 25, 2014 10:21 AM by OnTopMag.com

Washington, D.C. - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Michigan Party Chairman Bobby Schostak on Friday called on Dave Agema, Michigan's GOP committeeman, to resign over anti-gay remarks.

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

Agema has courted controversy with a string of anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

Last month, he told a Republican audience that gays want free medical care because they are dying young, presumably from AIDS. He was severely criticized in March after he promoted an article which described gays as "filthy homosexuals" in a Facebook post.

Hours after Priebus and Schostak called for his resignation, Agema issued a statement acknowledging he's made mistakes but vowed to continue in his post.

"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," he said.

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