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Illinois GOP Chair Resists Calls To Resign Over Marriage Support

Jim Burroway

January 10th, 2013

Chicago’s WBEZ reports:

The head of Illinois’ beleaguered Republican Party is staring down a revolt from some state party bosses after he bucked the official GOP line last week and urged state lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage.

State GOP Chairman Pat Brady faces growing calls for his resignation, at a time when some Illinois Republicans are rethinking the party’s image and stance on social issues, following a dismal showing in November’s elections.

Brady told WBEZ that he hadn’t spoken to party members before speaking out in support of a proposed marriage quality bill. Brady calls the ban on marriage quality the “last condoned discrimination” in Illinois. It is unclear whether there are enough votes in the party’s state committee to force his ouster. Brady isn’t backing down from the threat:

“If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,” Brady said. “But I’m not backing down.”

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TampaZeke
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

Hopefully this courageous man is the future of the Republican Party. But let’s face it, it’s a distant future.

Manheart
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

was looking for an email address to thank him, but can’t locate it…..

Priya Lynn
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

I don’t think its as distant as you think Zeke.

Bose in St. Peter MN
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

This is perfect:
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“What some voters perceive as extremism on some of the social issues certainly cost votes in November and will cost votes in the future,” Durham said, referring to young voters and suburban women, two key voting blocs. “And there’s a lot of candidates right now doing soul-searching, looking at some of these issues to say, ‘Where are we really on this stuff?’”

For his part, Brady said that’s why he chose to speak up when he did.

“We need to change the brand or the image of the party of this group of angry, old white guys,” Brady said. “And that’s what we look like right now.”
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No surprise that Brady didn’t ask the angry, old white guys for their approval, eh?

Timothy Kincaid
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

I’m inclined to agree with you on that, Priya Lynn. It won’t be tomorrow or this year, but those who fund political campaigns don’t much want to throw money at a losing cause.

Some deep-pocketed GOP insiders also seem to agree with Brady on the marriage issue. On Wednesday, former Exelon Corp. CEO John Rowe, a prolific campaign donor, sent a letter to the State Central Committee warning party bosses about the political fallout of opposing gay marriage.

“We cannot deal with the issues of fiscal responsibility, national security and individual self sufficiency while making so many enemies,” Rowe wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by WBEZ.

And there is nothing party bosses fear more than donations drying up.

Bose in St. Peter MN
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

Manheart: Instructions at http://www.weareillinois.org/contact/ are:

If you wish to e-mail a specific member of our staff, please note that all staff e-mail addresses are the first initial of the staff member’s first name followed by their last name followed by @ILGOP.org – For example, John Doe’s e-mail address would be jdoe@ILGOP.org.

As a backup/CC, use info@ilgop.org.

And, especially for IL residents:
Phone: 217-525-0011

Boo
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

I’m glad people are supporting quality marriages.

manheart
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

Thanks so much, Bose!

iDavid
January 10th, 2013 | LINK

Not too distant. I think 2013 is going to be the pivotal year for the Rparty getting with about every area of the political program or entirely losing cred. O’Bama is shining a very bright light on their very dark image.

Ryan
January 12th, 2013 | LINK

Wow, this is stunning. What a brave man. Now of course, the negative side of me fears the rest of the GOP are going to vote him out, which will discourage future equality-minded Republicans. I guess we’ll soon see. Fingers crossed.

Hunter
January 13th, 2013 | LINK

These are Illinois Republicans we’re talking about — Michele Bachmann they’re not. I suspect there will be a fair amount of huffing and puffing and nothing will come of it — social issues just don’t generate that much steam here.

Timothy Kincaid
January 14th, 2013 | LINK

Hunter,

True. From what I read the Republican Minority leader is negotiating “religious protections” (which I think are the already protected rights such as church hall rental, etc.) and that upon “winning” these “concessions” the bill will have bipartisan support.

Moderates and independents place a great deal of importance on bipartisan votes so the Democrats need at least one or two Republicans so as to give the bill broader public support. Republicans have to look like they are concerned about the poor churches.

Here’s my prediction:

They will all play the game and Seriously Address the fears of the First Church of They’re Out To Get Me and make everyone feel like they were heard.

Then on the floor, Democratic Representatives will make Very Heartfelt Speeches. But it will be the somewhat disjointed tearful speech of some unexpected (and carefully selected) conservative Republican who fought in the gulf war with a lesbian who was ‘the best damn patriot he ever had the pleasure of serving with and she deserves what she fought for’ (while he chokes up and wipes his eyes) which will be the YouTube sensation.

One old Republican Senator who won’t be running again will bluster about sin and Sodom while everyone else either looks embarrassed or has Something Very Important to say to their staff right then. But the rest of the no votes (mostly Republicans and probably one or two downstate Democrats) will not utter a peep during the debates.

The vote will pass marriage with two votes to spare. The supporters will celebrate, and the opponents will forever after say, “well I believe marriage is between a man and a woman but that issue is settled and it wouldn’t be best to bring it up again”.

Or so I guess.

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