Gov. Snyder Reacts To Party Divide Agema Controversy Has Caused

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Grand Rapids, Mich. — Governor Rick Snyder said he is standing behind the calls for Grandville Republican Dave Agema to resign from the RNC.

The Governor saying the comments the Republican National Committeeman has been making about gays and Muslims are out of line.

“It’s unfortunate. It shouldn’t happen. What he said was absolutely inappropriate,” said Governor Snyder.

Just last week, Agema posted video saying he’s not backing down on his beliefs about gays in the interest of free speech.

Agema supporters have been firing back, with online posts like this from the Delta County Republican Party in the UP.

It singles out Republicans in West Michigan who don’t share their views, saying, “In Case You Are Not Keeping Record: The Following Are the Republicans Who Have Blatantly Surrendered to the Homosexual and Stealth Jihad Agenda (By Virtue of their attacks on Dave Agema)”

It goes on to list Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostack, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Bill Huizenga of Zeeland, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash and his challenger Brian Ellis and others who have called for Agema’s resignation from the RNC.The governor first gently called for more civility during his state of the state address.

“I’d like to make a call to all citizens of Michigan to ask us to have a greater degree of civility and respect towards others of different backgrounds and different views,” said Snyder.

However, now his voice has grown louder, Friday saying he stands behind the chair’s call for Agema to resign.

“I think I’ve sent that message in large part when,  a couple things, the call for civility in the state of the state and then secondly, I came out and strongly supported what was going on with the national committee chair and the state party chair in terms of their actions.  I appreciate them stepping up to take the appropriate actions.”

The question is, will the divide in the party effect the campaign trail ahead as the governor kicks off his re-election tour next week.

He hinted that some leaders within the party were working on the Agema problem, but wouldn’t comment on the divide it’s caused.

“Lets stay focused on civility and discourse and letting the party people do their role appropriately which I support,” said Snyder.

He also responded to the question of whether this issue was tearing the party apart by saying, “What I would say, is again, it’s just a terrible event to have happened, and it’s being addressed.”

When asked if it was a civil war within the party, Snyder said, “I’m not going to get into characterizations about the party.”

Snyder is also getting attacked by Tea Party activists as well.

An online post from one of those members of the party in Michigan contained Snyder’s picture and said, ”Just say NO to “Relentless Progresive Action!”

When asked how Snyder might win the most conservative votes in the middle of this growing tension within the party, Snyder said he wasn’t focused on it.

“Well, again, I’m looking not to look at the politics of all of this,” he said. “I’m interested in getting all Michiganders to work better together and that’s what I’m working on.”

Snyder will be heading to Grand Rapids Monday to kick of his reelection campaign tour.

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  • Gary Ball

    For a writer, the grammar is lacking. .”The question is, will the divide in the party effect the campaign trail ahead as the governor kicks off his re-election tour next week.”
    Affect not effect. (check the definitions). Also punctuation “letting the party people do their role appropriately which I support,” said Snyder.” should be., “letting the party people do their role appropriately, which I support,” said Snyder.

  • Ginny Smith

    What I would like to know is what happened to freedom of speech in this country? Anyone should have a right to say what they think is right or wrong! Political correctness is going to destroy this country! I hope Agema sticks to his guns! Also, he was right in what he said!



  • Scherzerfan

    I don't care how Agema feels or what he said. The point is, he has to remember that the ultra religious conservatives (whatever) weren't the only ones that put him in office. When you come out with statements about any one group you have to expect somebody is going to rise up and question all of your motives and your ability to lead. Good grief, what ever happened to "by the people, for the people." As for Snyder, well, who is he trying to kid. He can tippy toe around this issue as much as he wants. $100 says there will be a lot of gays and muslims and other groups wanting to know the governer's stance on their issues when he kicks off his reelection campaign in GR on Monday.

  • Scott

    There is room for inclusion in the Republican Party for all that believe in the founding of this country and who believe in freedom. There are many people from all backgrounds, religious beliefs, or that are atheists who believe in Conservative principles, and yes that includes the gay community.

    What people don't know is how much influence organizations like CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) have had with the governor. I'm sure that grassroots Tea Party folks have not had the access CAIR has had. Make no mistake, Dave Agema is a former military man and recognizes a threat when he sees it. Do your own research on the Holy Land Foundation Trial and an important document revealed during the trial called "Settlement". Do this web search and see for yourself if Dave Agema is correct about the threat of Islam: settlement islam document

    Dave Agema continues to speak the truth and it makes everyone stuck in groupthink mode panic.

    I stand with Dave Agema