CHICAGO - Is IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady in danger of losing his position after urging state lawmakers to support same sex marriage, against his party's social policy platform planks? Chicago's WBEZ radio spoke with several members of Illinois Republican Party's State Central Committee and those WBEZ quotes were blunt:
- “Pat Brady is a total disgrace,” said Bobbie Peterson, a Republican state central committeewoman from Beecher, Ill. “He’s a pretty face for TV. He can speak well. Period,” Peterson said. “But what’s coming out of his mouth is not what the Illinois Republican party is about.”
- “I was shocked,” said State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a committeeman from west suburban Sugar Grove who has asked Brady to resign.“Very surprised. Did not expect that and didn’t know why he would have done that.”
- “I can only express my disappointment in the way this has come about and the manner in which the Republican platform of Illinois has been completely disregarded,” said committeeman Gene Dawson, from northwest suburban Barrington, as he read from the resignation request he emailed to Brady.
- “His role as chairman should be to concentrate on uniting the party, and not dividing the party,” Rockford's State Senator and ILGOP SCC member Dave Syverson said, though he doesn't go so far as to ask Brady to step down.
WBEZ says Brady is standing firm for same sex marriage and continues to have US Senator Mark Kirk's support. The rest of the story is HERE.