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Pat Brady still Illinois’ Republican chairman, after pols lobby to keep him

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State GOP Chairman Pat Brady

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Updated: April 11, 2013 7:05AM



Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican Party chairman who has come under fire over his support of gay marriage, remains his party’s chairman after a meeting Saturday in Tinley Park that could have resulted in his ouster was canceled.

According to a source, key party figures including Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and U.S. Sen Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) were making calls heading into the aborted meeting to persuade on-the-fence committeemen to stick with Brady.

“Senator Kirk is pleased the state central committee made the right decision to forgo this meeting,” Kirk spokesman Lance Trover said. “He believes it’s time to move on and focus on getting Republicans elected in 2014.”

State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) said the issue is Brady’s fitness for the post and loyalty to the party platform.

“It’s got nothing to do with gay marriage,” Oberweis said of the effort to boot Brady. “It could have been ObamaCare.

“I think several people in the central committee felt we should give Pat a little more time and a better opportunity to explain his actions, and we have a regular . . . meeting April 13” in Chicago.

He said Brady got into hot water because a loyal Republican doesn’t actively stump against the party platform.

“I might differ from the party platform on some issues,” Oberweis said, but he added, “I’m not going to be the party chairman and go out and solicit or lobby about things in opposition to the party platform.”

Asked if the meeting fizzled because there might not have been enough votes to oust Brady, he said: “I think nobody knew if there were enough votes for sure.”

“I like Pat,” Oberweis said. “My problem is I think he has done some not very beneficial things for our party.”

Brady has taken an active role in some political races that raised questions among some Republicans about his eye for the long view and the greater good for the party, Oberweis said. He said a party chairman should support Republicans against Democrats, not Republicans against Republicans.



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