Disrespectful discourse by Michigan official criticized

Posted on January 21, 2014 by


An ongoing controversy in Michigan over derogatory comments by a Republican official has prompted a statement from the party’s national chairman.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement condemning GOP national committeeman Dave Agema’s words. Priebus told the Detroit Free Press, “People should be treated with grace and respect and these comments don’t reflect that.” In some cases, the remarks are “patently wrong, lack merit and are devoid of any meaningful value.”

Here’s background from the Lansing State Journal:

“Snyder asks for civility, respect but won’t comment on Agema specifically”

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder praised former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and major GOP donor Betsy DeVos on Monday for speaking out against Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema.

But the governor did not join her in calling for Agema to resign.

“I appreciate Betsy DeVos speaking up,” Snyder told reporters after speaking at a Martin Luther King Day luncheon at the Lansing Center.

However, he said, “I’m not going to get into specific individuals. I’m sticking with my call across the board for civility and respect towards others.”

Agema, a former Republican state representative from Grandville, has been at the center of ongoing controversy over repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim public comments and postings he has made on social media and elsewhere.


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