Agema says he's staying

Jan 25, 2014

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee says he's made mistakes but he's not quitting the party post.

Dave Agema issued a statement Friday, hours after chairmen of the Michigan and national Republican Party urged him to step down.

Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. He also came under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a Facebook posting this month questioning Muslims' commitment to charity.

Agema says he's made "errors in judgment" and has learned lessons about the responsibility of being in a leadership position. He says he intends to serve Michigan Republicans who elected him to the national committee.

Agema didn't attend a Republican meeting in Washington.