Illinois Republicans are looking for a new state party chairman. Chairman Pat Brady (pictured) has resigned, ostensibly to attend to his wife, who has cancer. He was under pressure from conservatives in the party, though, for his support of same-sex marriage. State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) was one of the leaders of an anti-Brady movement, and he commented Tuesday on the resignation:
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“I think he’s done the right thing. I think he needs to focus on what’s most important, and that has to be family, so I think he’s doing the right thing, and I hope that the party is able to find a new leader who is able to bring different interests all together,” he said.
Oberweis characterized Brady as a good guy who did many good things for the party, but he says Brady did a bad job in recent months at holding the party together, a reference to the same-sex marriage issue.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said it’s OK for a party chairman to play a role in change, if he has grass-roots support.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says Brady’s mistake was making phone calls in support of same-sex marriage without first having consulted or informed the Republican State Central Committee.
It is that committee that will be selecting the new chairman. Republicans say there are many people interested, but they are not yet naming names.