Michigan lawmaker apologizes for ‘agenda alert’ over gay journalist’s promotion

Michigan State Rep. Gary Glenn posted an “agenda alert” two weeks ago after reading that gay journalist Tony Lascari was promoted to news editor at the Midland Daily News. Glenn said there was a “possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that’s at odds with our community’s values.” (The lawmaker seemed to be bothered by the mention that Lascari “lives in Midland with [his] husband.”)

The editor (left) and the state representative

The editor (left) and the state representative

Glenn now says he “unfairly prejudged” the editor’s ability to be fair, and that his alert was a “snap judgement” that was “thoughtless and inappropriate to my new position.”

He writes in a letter to the Midland Daily News:

The 60 seconds it took on a Sunday morning to thoughtlessly cut and paste an article to Facebook is not indicative of the focus of my time, attention and judgment as a legislator. Voters who supported me, and those who didn’t, deserve my best and most measured judgment — all the time. I’ll strive to demonstrate that over the totality of my time in service, that’s what you and they can expect.

Again, Tony, my sincere apology. I wish you, your staff and readers a Happy Easter, especially grateful this weekend in particular to have a Savior who died for and forgives all our transgressions.

I’ve invited Lascari to comment on the apology. | Update – The journalist tells Romenesko readers:

Rep. Glenn and I exchanged voicemail messages on Friday afternoon. He apologized in his voicemail message to me. I called back and left a message to thank him for the apology. I appreciate the Midland community’s support of my promotion. I also have appreciated hearing from media professionals from around the country in the past two weeks. I’m still
excited to start my new role on May 1.

* Lawmaker apologizes for “alert” over gay editor’s promotion (mlive.com) | His letter (ourmidland.com)
* Earlier: “I don’t think my marriage is worthy of receiving an ‘agenda alert'” (jimromenesko.com)