U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) says the Republican Party shouldn’t be fighting itself. Schock has not been directly involved in efforts by some Republican leaders to overthrow the state party chairman for various sins, one of which was going public in support of same-sex marriage. Schock says in Illinois, where everything has to break right for a Republican to win, this is counterproductive.

“When you have the R-to-D voter registration disparity as we do in this state, the last thing we need are Republicans shooting at one another, and my advice to people within the party is, let’s focus on building up the party, building up our candidates,” he said.

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He said if you don’t have anything nice to say, say it about Democrats.

The move to upend state Republican Chairman Pat Brady, led by State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), has been unsuccessful so far. A meeting of the state Republican Central Committee one week ago was cancelled when it was determined that not enough committee members wished to dump Brady.

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