Agema addresses controversy

Dave Agema attends a fundraiser at Sundance Grill in downtown Grand Rapids. (Jan. 27, 2014)
Dave Agema attends a fundraiser at Sundance Grill in downtown Grand Rapids. (Jan. 27, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Controversial conservative Dave Agema has told 24 Hour News 8 that he is going to “stick it out,” three days after the chairman of the Republican National Committee called for his resignation.

Agema is Michigan’s representative to the Republican National Committee, and he appeared at a fundraiser Monday morning at Sundance Grill in downtown Grand Rapids.

The calls for Agema to step down came after he made anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus joined Michigan chairman Bobby Schostak on Jan.24 in calling for Agema to step down.

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

Agema also released a statement on Jan. 24, saying he feels badly about the impact his comments have had, and that he has learned valuable lessons about leadership.

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