Kelly says to  Illinois GOP Chair: “Resign.”

 Chicago, Illinois, February 27, 2012 – At a Sunday press conference, longtime conservative and Republican candidate for committeeman of the 42nd ward  called on Illinois Chairman Pat Brady to resign after supporting a candidate whose family gives mass contributions to key Democrats including Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Dick Durbin.

Here is a copy of Kelly’s statement:

My name is William J. Kelly. I am a Republican candidate for committeeman of the 42nd ward. Early voting starts tomorrow. The election is just 24 days from now.

I’ve heard many Republicans say that this is the most important election in our nation’s history. However, here in Chicago, in CookCounty, we have no candidates. Our GOP leaders have failed to recruit or slate any candidates for State’s Attorney, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and the list goes on.

And the good GOP candidates we do have in many cases are being opposed or challenged in their Republican primaries by stalking horse Democrats, aided and abetted by, who? The Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady.

The most recent example of this is Brady’s endorsement of my opponent, Tom Smithburg, whose family has given thousands upon thousands of dollars to Democrats.

Smithburg’s D-2s are a veritable smoking gun of everything that is wrong with Illinois politics. His contributions include such key Democrats as Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, and many others. What is the explanation for this? Answer: There is no explanation for this.

If you are a Republican, you don’t give tens of thousands of dollars to Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, and Dick Durbin. And if you are the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, you don’t endorse people who do.

In life, you don’t want to jump to conclusions. You want to give all people the benefit of the doubt. My faith also instructs me to turn the other cheek. But there comes a time when you have to face facts. Pat Brady lost us the governor’s mansion in 2010. He condemned Republicans in Illinois to a gerrymandered congressional house and senate map for the next ten years. And now he is jeopardizing any chance of us having a real Republican Party in Chicago.

Chairman Pat Brady is a clear and present idiot. He is a danger to Republican voters in the 42nd ward and around the state ofIllinois. He must be removed. This may sound harsh – but I am putting it nicely. Because the only other explanation is that he is sandbagging the Republican Party on purpose.

If Brady is capable of any decency, he would resign effective immediately and allow committed candidates like myself to run and win and help to build a real Republican Party. This is what I intend to do as committeeman of the 42nd ward and new Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party.

I have the endorsement in this race of Dick Morris who is coming to Chicago on my birthday, March 10th for a fundraiser. You can find all the details on the endorsement, the fundraiser, and my candidacy at I would like to remind you that early voting does start tomorrow and I would like to personally ask you to vote for me William J. Kelly for Republican committeeman of 42nd ward. Thank you.

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