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INGRID JACQUES

Editor's Note: Don't mess with gay journalist

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

Is it ever a good idea for a politician to go personally after a member of the press? If you're not sure about the answer, it's "no."

Unfortunately for newly minted GOP state Rep. Gary Glenn of Larkin Township, he didn't get that message.

On Sunday, Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, blasted Twitter and Facebook with an urgent "agenda alert." What was the problem? He was troubled by the recent announcement that the Midland Daily News, which covers his district, had just promoted a fresh-faced journalist named Tony Lascari to news editor.

Oh, and he's gay.

The small detail about how Lascari has a husband — included near the end of the paper's story on his new job — triggered Glenn's alarm.

As the managing editor of the paper noted in Lascari's promotion announcement, he got the job because of his talent and hard work at the paper. He earned it.

In response to the ensuing uproar over his attack on Lascari, Glenn, who is an open opponent of gay marriage, issued this statement:

"I posted the paper's own report -- without comment or criticism -- to alert readers to the reasonably observed possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that's at odds with our community's values. When it comes to holding people in positions of public influence accountable, the more public awareness, the better."

Glenn has gotten plenty of public awareness for his comments. Maybe he'll get the message to leave gay journalists alone.