After an unexpected dismal showing in the November elections, Republicans nationally have been working to improve their image and veer closer to the mainstream. Former state representative Dave Agema apparently didn’t get the memo.
Agema, now a Republican National Committeeman, has found himself in hot water nationally this week after posting a anti-gay article on Facebook that portrays homosexuals as promiscuous substance abusers who are responsible for the spread of AIDS in America. The article, written by “Frank Joseph, M.D. and titled “Everyone Should Know these Statistics on Homosexuals,” holds a coveted place in the bigoted and backward thinking of today’s America.
Agema has received condemnation from Democrats and his fellow Republicans, and even state Republican chairman Bobby Schostak distanced himself from Agema in a statement.
"Our party remains in support of traditional marriage but that should never be allowed nor confused with any form of hate or discrimination toward anyone," Schostak said in the statement. "Any statement or message in contrast undermines our party's platform and our common sense conservative message.”
Despite calls for his resignation, Agema said he has no plans to step down. Agema insists he was not commenting on gays himself, but merely posting an analysis by a medical doctor.