IL GOP Chair Facing Criticism for Personal Power Grab in Key Illinois Races
Sunday, February 26, 2012
WHAT: Republican candidate and longtime taxpayer advocate, William J. Kelly, who is running for GOP committeeman of the 42nd ward and Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party is calling for Illinois Chair Pat Brady’s resignation after his endorsement of a candidate whose family has given thousands of dollars to Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, and other major Democrats. “The Smithburg D-2s are the smoking gun of everything that is wrong with Illinois politics,” says Kelly.
The D-2 contributions from the family of Tom Smithburg, revealing the mass contributions to Rahm Emanuel, major Democrats, as well as to the Illinois Republican Party will be made available at the press conference.
Brady has also been receiving criticism for his personal involvement in contested GOP primary races this season, most notably, the now dirty campaign for Kane County Chairman. It is highly unusual – unheard of – for a state Republican chairman to become involved in a ward committeeman race as Brady has done in Chicago’s 42nd ward, which covers much of Chicago’s downtown area.
Kelly has been endorsed by national conservative Republican strategist and Fox News contributor Dick Morris. Morris will be coming to Chicago for Kelly on March 10th.
Other GOP candidates are facing contested primaries with Democrat candidates running in Republican primaries this March. With little help from the Illinois leadership, some of those candidates will also be making remarks about their races.
WHEN: Sunday, February 26, 2012
WHERE: Hilligoss Galleries
520 N. Michigan Avenue
(Michigan Avenue entrance)