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Joe Sylvester of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans, an organization of gay and lesbian conservatives and libertarians, said Attorney General Bill Schuette, through his constituent relations aide Matt Hall, has been lobbying party members to block any rebuke of Agema.
Sylvester said the party should change its rules to provide for Agema’s removal from his elected post on the Republican National Committee.
Also, “we want him to apologize,” Sylvester said of Agema.
A number of State Committee members have authored a resolution condemning Republican National Committee Member Dave Agema’s incendiary comments about gays (although it doesn’t mention him by name). In it, it also reaffirms the parties position on “One Man, One Woman” marriage (Goat’s and sequential hermaphrodites excluded).
Attorney General Bill Schuette’s guys led by Matt Hall and Eric St Onge on the State Committee Policy Committee are trying to block the censure. Hall is even calling down the list lobbying people against it. Most assume that they do not act without their bosses approval. Proof of this was given when Schuette was interviewed by the Macomb News and asked three times about Agema and deflected every time.
Now US Senate candidate Terri Land is refusing to give a statement on the issue outside of campaign rhetoric which implies Agema is being used as a tool by Gary Peter’s against her. A number of sources have contacted Terri Land for comment and she will not give one.
I will update you tomorrow on the results of the State Committee vote and let you know if Bill Schuette’s people have succeeded in protecting the likes of Dave Agema
Dave Agema controversy: Republican leader, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land stays quiet
KENT COUNTY, MI – As prominent Michigan Republicans distance themselves from controversial remarks national committeeman Dave Agema made about homosexuals, U.S. Senate candidate and national committeewoman Terri Lynn Land has quietly sidestepped the firestorm.
Land, the former Secretary of State from Byron Township, has refused interview requests, instead choosing to issue only a prepared statement that fails to fully address the comments from Agema, a former state lawmaker and Land’s colleague in the national party.
The statement, which is attributed to campaign spokeswoman Heather Swift instead of Land herself, quickly spins from the topic of Agema renewing his religious belief against same-sex marriage and claiming gays want free medical care because they are dying young from AIDS to disparaging Democrats as desperate.
“Terri does not tolerate discriminatory acts or speech, and believes that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Swift said in the statement emailed to media this week. “Terri is committed to talking to Michigan voters about the issues that are most important to them: the economy, the budget, and taking back our health care by repealing Obamacare.
“The fact that Congressman Peters’s allies in the Democratic Party are trying to tie Terri to the remarks is clearly an act of desperation after the Democrats’ own poll found Land surging by 9 points.”
When reached by phone, Land declined to elaborate on what she finds objectionable about Agema’s talk to Berrien County Republicans. She deferred to the statement from Swift, a strategy that a Grand Valley State political science professor said is sound.
Neither Land nor her campaign has responded to questions sent via e-mail about how Agema’s comments might be impacting public perception of the Republican Party, and whether Agema should be asked to resign. The campaign also has not responded to an e-mailed question about why they believe same-sex marriage and Agema’s comments about it matter less to the electorate.
Meanwhile, the state’s top elected Republicans, Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, among others, have stepped out and publicly condemned Agema in interviews.
Bolger, R-Marshall, said he respects religious beliefs that may not make room for gay marriage.
“But I do not respect, and frankly am disgusted by, anyone who demonizes someone because of their sexual orientation,” he continued.
Richardville, R-Monroe, was even more forceful in his dissent.
“He’s not speaking on behalf of me, or I think most of the people who call themselves Republicans, when he says stuff like this,” said Richardville. “It’s not the first time. Hate isn’t one of my values.”
But it makes political sense for Land to stay mum on the issue at this point, said Erika King, a political science professor at Grand Valley State University. King called silence “a realistic approach” that might enable Land’s campaign to steer clear of a divisive GOP tug-of-war.
“What candidates are trying to do (before a primary election) is pull in as much support from the various groups of the party as they can,” she said. “A way to do that is just not to venture yourself into those waters at this point, especially so early in the campaign.
“What she’s trying to do is create a coalition of supporters for her on the issues she deems particularly important, and those are the economic issues, not the lifestyle issues. The other issues are called ‘wedge issues’ that tend to divide people – and frequently divide parties – and these are the one that candidates would prefer to avoid.”
And Democrats have tried to use the issue to their advantage, issuing daily press releases that call out Land for her lack of response while billing Agema’s words as bigoted and ignorant.
The party has suggested Land is showing a lack of leadership that makes her unfit to serve in Washington. Democrats contend she should censure Agema at Saturday’s Republican state committee meeting in Lansing.
“How could a fellow RNC member and worse, a U.S. Senate Candidate running to represent all Michiganders in Washington not disavow the kind of hateful and offensive rhetoric that has no place in our public discourse” Joshua Pugh, the Democrats spokesman asked this week. “(She) should join her fellow Republicans in condemning Agema’s hateful bigotry immediately. Michiganders deserve a leader who will stand up for what’s right – no matter the party.”
LCR National & LCR Michigan Call for Dave Agema to Resign
Washington, D.C. & Bay City, Michigan — Log Cabin Republicans National and Log Cabin Republicans of Michigan today jointly issued a call for the removal of Michigan RNC Committeeman, Dave Agema, for his unwarranted anti-gay rhetoric.
In a recent speech, Agema used antiquated science from the early 1990s to justify his support for what he calls “traditional marriage,” by implying gay men live drastically shorter lives and are more prone to criminal activity.
“The Michigan Republican Party is acting as is if it is helpless in this situation by saying that there is nothing that they can do about it. It’s just a ploy. They are deflecting and hoping the issue goes away. They can do something about it and they should,” said Joe Sylvester, Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of Michigan.
While there is no mechanism to remove a rogue National Committee member in Michigan, the Michigan Republican Party must amend its bylaws to allow for the removal of members who are drastically reducing Republican prospects of winning elections. Short of that, Mr. Agema’s colleagues in the RNC and Chairman Priebus must insist he step down.
“One word: resign,” Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo stated. “Dave Agema has repeatedly shown that he is unfit to represent the many good Republicans in Michigan who understand that his brand of ‘conservatism’ isn’t doing the party any favors. Log Cabin Republicans stands shoulder-to-shoulder with GOP officials across the state such as Governor Snyder, Chairman Welday, House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville in condemning Agema’s bigotry. The Michigan State GOP has a great opportunity this weekend when it convenes: they can show the people of Michigan and the United States that Dave Agema’s positions are not representative of the Republican Party, and demand his resignation.”
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Wurfel was even more direct with the MIRS subscription news service, calling Agema’s remarks “extreme” and saying that there “shouldn’t be room for that in any political party, period.”
House Speaker Jase Bolger:
House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Wednesday that he respects religious beliefs that may not make room for gay marriage. “But I do not respect, and frankly am disgusted by, anyone who demonizes someone because of their sexual orientation”.
“Terri is committed to talking to Michigan voters about the issues that are most important to them: the economy, the budget, and taking back our health care by repealing Obamacare,” she said. “The fact that Congressman Peters’ allies in the Democratic Party are trying to tie Terri to the remarks is clearly an act of desperation after the Democrats’ own poll found Land surging by 9 points.”
“Again, it would seem we have another political firestorm created by comments from our National Committeeman. . . .
“Given his position, he is presumed to represent the Republican Party. While many GOP activists and candidates support traditional marriage, the tone, tenor and veracity of how this issue is pursued is very important to how this is issue is approached.”
Agema’s “bizarre and intensely negative blanket statements” go beyond the issue of traditional marriage but are “intended to demonize and scapegoat people,” Drolet wrote Tuesday.
Dan Perino Former Engler Chief of Staff:
Dan Pero, who was chief of staff and campaign manager for former Gov. John Engler, posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon: “”Every Republican — indeed, every Michiganian — should reject Agema’s silly, bigoted comments in the strongest terms.”
“No doubt, there will continue to be disagreement with regard to social issues, especially if the tenets of one’s faith conflict with a proposal or law,” Haveman said. “But as a Christian man who seeks to walk as Christ taught, I believe differences of opinion should come from a place of love, not a place of hatred and disgust for people who may differ from us.”
Representative Al Pscholka
Representative Dave Pagel
Senator John Proos
*WHERE IS ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE?
Some of you seem to forget that there are many Log Cabin Republicans in Michigan that agree with the party on nearly everything save one issue that is close to them.Why is it that Dave Agema see’s the need to randomly skewer people in the most distasteful way imaginable using junk science from the early 90’s and fabricating stories about his time with American Airlines?Why is Bill Schuette’s guy, Matt Hall working to stop any action on State Committee that could tell Dave Agema that he is going too far? Does Mr. Schuette endorse Agema’s lies and insults?Isn’t it enough to vote against something rather than spitting in someone’s face and then voting against them?Does the MRP really want someone out there with a party title that graduated from the “Gary Glenn Institution of Junk Science and Hyperbole”, harming Terri Land’s chance of picking up a seat that has been held by a leftist decades before I was even born?I am not asking anyone to support gay marriage or trying to change anyone’s mind. I believe that it is only a matter of time before it is the law of the land. What I am asking is that you speak up and let Mr. Agema know that he is alienating people and lying about them in the worst way.Regards,Joe SylvesterChairmanMichigan Log Cabin Republicans
The following press release was sent out today to the media in response to RNC Committeman Dave Agema’s asinine comments:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Michigan Log Cabin Republicans call on Michigan Republican Party to amend bylaws to remove RNC Committeeman Dave Agema.
Bay City, Michigan – December 12, 2013 – The Michigan Log Cabin Republicans is calling for the removal of Michigan RNC Committeeman, Dave Agema for his unwarranted anti-gay rhetoric.
In a recent speech, Agema used antiquated science from the early 1990’s to justify his support for what he calls “traditional marriage”, by implying gay men live drastically shorter lives and are more prone to criminal activity.
Mr. Agema was recently discovered to be fabricating a story in which he said when he worked for American Airlines that the city of San Francisco forced the airlines to offer domestic partner benefits. The airline sued the city and won, but later relented and decided to offer the benefits on their own accord.
While there is no mechanism to remove a rogue National Committee member in Michigan, the Michigan Republican Party must amend its bylaws to allow for the removal of members which are drastically reducing Republican prospects of winning elections.
“The Michigan Republican Party is acting as is if it is helpless in this situation by saying that there is nothing that they can do about it. It’s just a ploy. They are deflecting and hoping the issue goes away. They can do something about it and they should”, said Joe Sylvester, Chairman of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans.
The Michigan Log Cabin Republicans is the largest organization of gay and lesbian conservatives and libertarians in the state.
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About an hour ago the far left Human Rights Campaign posted on Facebook the following
“Last night Ann Romney lauded her “real marriage” with Mitt Romney in her speech at the Republican National Convention. Use our twitter tool to tell Ann Romney: Same-Sex Marriages are Just as Real.”
They only posted enough so that their members would believe that Ann Romney was talking about gay marriage. She was not!
Here is the quote in context:
“I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.
A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.
I know this good and decent man for what he is — warm and loving and patient.”
Hundred’s of hateful leftist comments ensued. After all, they don’t believe in hate unless you disagree with them.
Here are some of the pearls of wisdom that can be seen here:
Brandon C Boggs: “Mitt probably cheated on her a long time ago… would not surprise me”
Patrick M MItchell: “What a stupid bitch.”
Tiffany Gillentine Dennison: :i wanted to smack that bitch through the tv, at one point you could see the cow shit in her mouth”
Ed Jessup: “Ann Romney can go fuck herself.”
Thomas Fleisher: “Bitch!”
Randell Cinnamon: “Ann Romney is a sad, pathetic little girl that is just as retarded as her husband”
Kyle T McMasters: “I would tell Ann Romney to go fuck herself, but that wouldn’t be “real” fucking, would it?”
Timothy B Claybaugh: “Ann Romney is a closet lesbian ! Come out of the closet Ann – its o.k.. Just say en.”
Huck Russell Lewis: “condescending bitch”
Warren J Brodine: “What a goddam bitch. I’m so sick of these sanctimonious people I could scream.”
Jacqueline Medina: “Dumb twat!”