Snyder's comments in his televised speech to a joint session of the Legislature were widely praised as a repudiation of Agema.
Not so, the governor said in an interview with me earlier today.
While demonstrating some coyness, Snyder said his message was not directed at one person. He also did not take on the complaints -- from liberals and conservatives -- that Agema, a former state representative, is engaging in bigotry, not just incivility.
This is what Snyder said:
"This is the State of the Union address so I'm not going to aim my comments at one individual. I wanted to make a general statement that there are multiple people out there who make comments that I view as inappropriate, because they're about differences of views or backgrounds.
"We solve our problems in the state by working together, and so I made a call for civility and respect for all backgrounds and all differences.
When asked specifically if his message was not intended for Agema, Snyder responded:
"I leave it to the people to make their own determinations. I made my statement, I stand by it, I'm proud of it. We need to work on it (tolerance) -- let's get better on civility and respect."
I'm not sure what to make of all this, but I wonder if the governor wanted to issue a broad-based warning aimed at the tea party types who are itching to oust Brian Calley as his lieutenant governor.