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Republican National Committee chair calls on Michigan GOP official to resign after anti-gay remarks

BY STEVE PEOPLES
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee has called for the resignation of a Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Michigan party chairman Bobby Schostak on Friday called for Dave Agema to step down as Michigan's representative to the Republican National Committee.

"For the good of the party, we believe Dave Agema should resign," Preibus and Schostak said in a joint statement.

Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. In December, he told Berrien County Republicans that his experience as an American Airlines pilot made him familiar with efforts by gays to get health insurance coverage because of the ravages of AIDS.

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