The Republican National Committee’s executive committee Wednesday formally censured Michigan National Committeeman Dave Agema, who has come under fire for harsh comments criticizing gays, African-Americans and Muslims.
“Dave Agema’s history of harmful and offensive rhetoric has no place in our party, which is why the RNC Executive Committee acted in the swiftest way possible to avoid giving him a platform,” said Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement
“We have voted to censure him, and we are urging the Michigan GOP and their voters to explore options to discipline Agema for his actions. Today, we used all available tools to remove him from the committee.”
Agema had posted the comments on his Facebook page. No word on his reaction. The RNC began its winter meeting Wednesday in Coronado, Calif.
Priebus added "It is important that we lead by example. Over the past couple years, we have worked to engage more Americans, including minority communities where we hadn't been in too long. We have to be a party that welcomes people and engages voters of all backgrounds, and we cannot allow one man's fringe views to undermine the work that is ahead of us. I want to speak clearly that we are a party that works to expand opportunity for all Americans.”
Added Michigan Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak: “I hope Mr. Agema will voluntarily resign, but if he does not, The Michigan Republican Party will continue exploring all possibilities to address the actions of Michigan's current Republican National Committeeman.”