IL GOP State Party Chairman Pat Brady told reporters today on a phone conference call that the Illinois Republican Party is fairly unified around Mark Kirk's U.S. Senate bid. When asked about the lack of enthusiasm factions of the Republican Party have for the more liberal-leaning Kirk, and Brady said that overall the party is unified and preparing for an election year Republican leaders hope will emulate New Jersey, Viriginia and Massachusetts' successes.
"The split ... I don't really accept the premise [that the ILGOP is divided]," Brady said. "The 'Dump Kirk' movement is a fringe movement. There's not one candidate that's pulled above 5 percent except Mark Kirk. So if there's a split, it's sure not a strong <unintelligible> of people saying they're not going to come out and vote. Mark Kirk has a substantial lead, and none of these guys are pulling more than five percent. So, I agree, it's bad if we're not unified, but this year, what we're seeing is a very unified Republican Party.
Brady continued, "I think the Democrats have helped us because they've been so incompetent that most Republicans are just angry at the state of the state and they're going to fight to get rid of the Democrats."
Massachusetts Scott Brown supporters included the Republican Party's 12 percent of the voters, but his candidacy also appealed to the highly non-partisan independent voter. This year those independents agree with the conservative-valued Tea Party movement, along with Democrats unhappy with the direction their party has taken in the Obama administration's first year.