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Illinois Republican chairman resigns in the face of opposition from party homophobes

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Pat Brady [above], the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, announced his resignation Tuesday amid a simmering controversy over his support for gay marriage legislation.

Brady had been expected to drop out of the lead GOP role following a tumultuous period that pitted the Republicans’ social moderates against their social conservatives.

With same-sex marriage legislation pending in the Illinois legislature, Brady this year voiced his support for the proposal despite a plank in the state GOP platform that said marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman. Brady said he made the endorsement personally, not as Republican chairman, but conservatives in the top echelon of the GOP party quickly complained.

Though Brady survived immediate attempts to dump him, a meeting of the Republican State Central Committee in Tinley Park last month made clear his fate. GOP leaders agreed to put together a succession plan, allowing Brady, of St. Charles, an exit strategy that made clear his days were numbered as they began a search for a new chairman.

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We’ve reached a curious moment in the culture war, haven’t we? If a leading Republican official believes two consenting adults who fall in love and want to get married should be able to do so, he apparently can’t be a state GOP chairman — even if his job performance is otherwise fine, and even in a “blue” state where Republicans have to be more moderate to compete.


In March, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said his party’s opposition to equal marriage rights hasn’t changed, but he wants to “welcome” those who disagree. The party will adhere to its platform, Priebus added, “but it doesn’t mean that we divide and subtract people from our party…. I don’t believe we need to act like Old Testament heretics.”

I think it’s fair to say the developments in Illinois represent yet another setback for the Republican Party’s rebranding campaign.

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  1. Neftali

    All the local Tea Party people seem to be happy with this move. I’m not so sure. I wasn’t real happy with Pat Brady either, but for different reasons. As usual, the far right extremists think this is an opportunity to “unite” the Republican party. I suspect that if we’re not careful, we could end up making it worse.

    The reason we lost the governorship in 2010 is because Republicans foolishly nominated Bill Brady (no relation to Pat Brady) instead of going with Kirk Dillard. Bill Brady won that nomination by less than 200 votes. Of course, Quinn went on to defeat Bill Brady by less than 20,000 votes out of 3 million.

    As usual, the far right stupidly thinks Bill Brady lost because he wasn’t conservative enough and failed to push back against Quinn’s pro-choice ads. The truth is that the real problem is that Brady was too conservative, not conservative enough.

    Now thanks to the ineptitude of the far right Republicans, we have a 66% state income tax increase, sold to everyone as temporary, when it was obvious it would become permanent. Quinn has also shown no leadership in fixing the state’s budget mess.

    Dillard will be running again, and he’s still the right man for the job. But again the idiot far right (most tea party types) don’t like Dillard because he appeared in an Obama campaign commercial. Now, opposing the President might be a good strategy in other states, but not in Illinois. Obama is very popular in Chicago, and to win Illinois, you need to win over some of the moderate votes. Look at Chris Christie. All he did was do some photo ops with the President and called out Congressional Republicans for not giving his state some desperately needed disaster relief funds. And now the far right hates him. But the truth is that Christie hasn’t sacrificed his conservative principles, yet his popularity is sky-high. THAT’S how you win elections. Constantly battering the opposition may appease the base but it does nothing for the future of the party. You have to at least appear like you’re trying, and for some stupid reason the far right can’t seem to grasp this concept.

    Quinn is VERY beatable in the next election. It will be up to the the Illinois GOP chairman to ensure that happens. But if we listen to the far right, we’ll again screw it up.

  2. monkey

    I can’t believe I’m writing this but. . . Neftali is totally accurate with this assessment. :)

    Statewide and nationally, the Tea Party wackos think there’s some huge untapped faction of more right-wing wackos and if the GOP would just swing further right, they’d run the table with election victories. Truth is, the party needs to moderate a bit, especially on social issues, and it probably would start to rack up more victories.

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