Some Michigan GOP Members Demand State Leader Ouster

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Some Republicans are calling on the Republican National Committee to expel Michigan’s Dave Agema after he linked to a racist article from Facebook.

State Sens. Mike Kowall and Jim Marleau and state Rep. Jim Tedder have signed a letter imploring the committee to “take all necessary action to end our party’s long nightmare involving” Agema.

The RNC begins a three-day meeting Wednesday in San Diego.

Agema refused to resign a year ago after criticizing Muslims and gays. The article Agema recently shared includes a purported public defender saying blacks are different and can’t “control their impulses as well.”

Agema’s detractors say the national or state parties can remove Agema. Others contend the rules don’t allow it.

Agema has responded that he isn’t racist and doesn’t support the article’s contents.

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