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DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at LGBT gathering: 'We’re very focused on Michigan'
mlive.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | Khalil AlHajal

Posted on 12/18/2013 9:15:14 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

DETROIT, MI – The Democratic National Committee is honing in on Michigan’s 2014 elections and appears eager to make gay rights a central issue in multiple high-profile races.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited Metro Detroit on Tuesday, speaking to a crowd of about 70 LGBT activists and candidates for office.

“We’re very focused on Michigan,” she said. “We have at least three House seats that are competitive here. Obviously the gubernatorial race is very competitive… The United States Senate race is competitive. So we are going to be organizing, vocalizing and focusing on Michigan as a prime, central address to make sure that people elect Democrats all across the state.”

Wasserman Schultz spoke alongside several top Michigan Democrats at Affirmations, a Ferndale social organization and service center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

She took turns bashing former state Rep. Dave Agema with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) -- who is running for Senate -- and Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer.

Agema, a Republican National Committeeman from Grandville, said earlier this month at a Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception that he believesgays are seeking same-sex marriage benefits because they are dying young from AIDS.

“Those comments, which were simply unacceptable, they were based on ignorance,” said Peters. “They were based on bigotry. They were based on just absolute discrimination. It goes counter to everything that we need to do as a society.”

Several top Michigan Republicans have spoken out against Agema’s comments.

House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) said last week he was “disgusted” by the remarks. Gov. Rick Snyder’s office called them “discriminatory” and “extreme.”

But the Michigan Republican State Committee did not publically address Agema's statements in a meeting over the weekend.

“The fact that the Republican Party would allow for that type of intolerance – we need to be promoting equality and opportunity and diversity,” Wasserman Schultz said. “… It’s going to be part of the contrast that voters will choose from next year.”

Agema declined to comment on the matter Saturday. He stood by his comments in an email to supporters last week.

"I stand by my words as I said them despite efforts by others to twist the meaning of those words,” he wrote.

Terri Lynn Land, Peters’ opponent in the Senate race, hasn’t commented directly on Agema.

Peters bragged at the Tuesday gathering that he supported gay marriage “before it was cool.”

“If you look at those areas that are the most economically viable… where the growth is, where the expansion is, it’s those areas that welcome diversity,” he said. “It’s those areas that want the LGBT community in their community and that celebrate that community and that’s what we’re going to do in Michigan.”

Schauer made it clear that he wants to make gay rights issues a major part of his gubernatorial campaign.

“I will lead the charge to amend our constitution to provide for marriage equality in the state of Michigan,” he said.


TOPICS: US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; daveagema; gayvote; homosexualagenda; mi2014

1 posted on 12/18/2013 9:15:14 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Perhaps they can get the executives at A&E who performed censorship to come out and actively campaign for the Democrats.


2 posted on 12/18/2013 9:24:39 PM PST by allendale
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To: cripplecreek

Ping.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 9:25:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hahaha. With what you rats did to Detroit, and on the heels of Obamacare, expect to lose in November, Washermouth. And keep your AIDS.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 9:26:31 PM PST by Viennacon (Right vs. Left...... is Right vs. Wrong!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Let’s see how the Moslems in Dearborn react to this. Will they be enraged enough to vote Republican?


5 posted on 12/18/2013 9:27:25 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

No, they will not vote Republican. Maybe they’ll kill another ambassador.


6 posted on 12/18/2013 9:34:21 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If dems need to focus on Michigan they are in serious trouble.


7 posted on 12/18/2013 9:40:44 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Going after the all-important Pervert Demographic.


8 posted on 12/18/2013 9:54:23 PM PST by marron
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To: Tailgunner Joe; SunkenCiv; cripplecreek; madison10; Reaganite Republican; AuH2ORepublican; ...
So, the always lying and irrational Debbie Wasserman Schultz is acting like a jerk again. Don't think that talking up gay marriage is going to help ‘Rats at polls next year. There are a lot more people negatively impacted by Obamacare than could possibly benefit from gay marriage. Just remember that every time gay marriage has been voted on in any state, it has lost.
9 posted on 12/18/2013 10:10:10 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; sickoflibs

It passed in referendums in Maine, Maryland and Washington State in 2012 while failing in Minnesota.


10 posted on 12/18/2013 10:23:18 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“speaking to a crowd of about 70”

And they still couldn’t get even six dozen to show up?


11 posted on 12/18/2013 11:36:48 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Whatsername Shultz says they're targeting Michigan.

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12 posted on 12/19/2013 3:08:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: allendale

I wish we could get a fraction of the attention on Dave Agema that Duck Dynasty gets. Agema is an RNC committeeman who is under fire from both sides for his truthful comments on aids, gay marriage, and Obamacare..

Apparently we’re going to allow them to take out a tea partier from the policy making wing of the GOP because he isn’t important like a reality show star.


13 posted on 12/19/2013 3:14:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lady Heron
If dems need to focus on Michigan they are in serious trouble.

No, pay-back for passing Right to Work.

IMHO she might be bloviating with National Level Politicans, but she maybe hinting at going after the House and Senate in the State of Michigan, big-time to try to recapture the two Houses...

14 posted on 12/19/2013 3:18:35 AM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: taildragger
I think Terri Land is wise to stay out of this fight as a candidate but I wish the GOP as a whole weren't such a bunch of liberal weenies.

Dave Agema controversy: Republican leader, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land stays quiet

As prominent Michigan Republicans distance themselves from controversial remarks national committeeman Dave Agema made about homosexuals, U.S. Senate candidate and national committeewoman Terri Lynn Land has quietly sidestepped the firestorm.

Land, the former Secretary of State from Byron Township, has refused interview requests, instead choosing to issue only a prepared statement that fails to fully address the comments from Agema, a former state lawmaker and Land's colleague in the national party.

The statement, which is attributed to campaign spokeswoman Heather Swift instead of Land herself, quickly spins from the topic of Agema renewing his religious belief against same-sex marriage and claiming gays want free medical care because they are dying young from AIDS to disparaging Democrats as desperate.

15 posted on 12/19/2013 3:52:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Dems - the party of LGBQ minority.


16 posted on 12/19/2013 4:35:19 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: allendale
the. A and E Executives ....along with waterman schultz......are the .founders of


17 posted on 12/19/2013 8:40:14 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: Tailgunner Joe
This isn't exactly the most friendly state for social leftism outside of Ferndale. The democrats here are mostly union types.

The homo stuff is going to backfire.

18 posted on 12/19/2013 11:15:56 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Darren McCarty

Most of the union members outside of the cities are fairly socially conservative.


19 posted on 12/19/2013 11:45:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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