Congressman Amash Latest to Call for Agema's Resignation From RNC
Dave Agema's social media tactics have prompted another well known Republican to suggest he step down from the party's national committee.
Congressman Justin Amash issued a statement tonight on the former state representative's positions on gays and muslims. In general, Amash said Agema's stances are a "distraction" and get in the way of developing solutions for "the next generation of conservatives."
Governor Rick Snyder wouldn't address Agema's situation directly as he spoke yesterday at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in Lansing. He did support Betsy DeVos' call for Agema's resignation from the RNC. The governor made a specific call for civility from Michigan's residents in his State of the State address last week.
Here's the sum of Amash's statement, relayed by his spokesman Will Adams.
“Defending civil liberties is at the heart of the Republican Party and our Constitution. As I've demonstrated with my words and record, I am trying to grow a new generation of Republicans that includes more gays and lesbians, racial-ethnic minorities, women, and young people.
“Dave’s approach has become a distraction for those of us who are standing up to the political establishment, whose push for bigger government, more corporate welfare, and less individual liberty have hurt our party. I hope Dave will do the right thing for the next generation of conservatives and step down. And I hope that the politicians who are criticizing Dave will stand with me in protecting civil liberties with their votes and actions, not just their rhetoric.”