Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady went out on a limb last month when he came out in support of legislation aiming to bring same-sex marriage to the Land of Lincoln. And now it appears he’s facing some serious backlash for it.
Saying he was “shocked” by Brady’s comment that the right to marry honors “the best conservative principles,” state Sen. Jim Oberweis is one of a group of Republicans asking for the chair to resign.
In Illinois, a party chairman can be axed with a three-fifths majority from committee members, whose voted are weighed based on the size of their district. Four members told WBEZ they’ve asked Brady to step down. Combined, those members equal nearly half of the votes needed to boot him out. “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,” committee member Gene Dawson explained in an email.
But Brady won’t go without a fight: “If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination… then that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I’m not backing down.”