By Ulysses S. Arn -
Given the shellacking that Republicans in Illinois received on election night many people have been openly calling for new leadership within the Illinois GOP. While it is highly unlikely that IL GOP chairman Pat Brady or House minority leader Tom Cross will step down there is a chance to make a change on the Senate side.
With only 19 Republicans heading to the upper chamber it would only take ten of them to select a new Senate Republican minority leader. Enter Senator Kyle McCarter, who is reportedly willing to challenge Christine Radogno for the position of minority leader. Under Radogno's leadership the Democrats in the state Senate have seen their numbers swell into an upcoming super majority. The failures of Radogno's leadership during the 2012 election cycle speak for themselves. Anyone who has such poor results needs to do some self examining and those around them need to openly contemplate making a change.
If the Republican party in Illinois is ever going to emerge from the wilderness as a viable alternative to the Chicago Democrat machine it is going to require, at a bare minimum, new leaders, with new ideas, and fresh energy.
The Senate Republican caucus will be meeting early next week to select its minority leader, in the intervening days everyone who wants the Republican Party in Illinois to make something of itself needs to contact the 18 Republican state Senators(obviously not counting Radogno) and encourage them to make Kyle McCarter the new Senate minority leader.