Pro-Family Leaders to Call on GOP Chair to Resign After Gay Marriage Statements
Friday, January 4, 2013
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 3, 2013 – Members from Illinois’ pro-family movement will hold a press conference Friday outside State Republican headquarters at 55 W. Monroe Street in Chicago at 11:00 AM to call on GOP Chair Pat Brady to resign after he stated his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday.
Conservative activist William J. Kelly has released the following statement:
“Pat Brady’s statements in support of same-sex marriage insult the GOP’s pro-family base. They are in direct conflict with the Illinois Republican Party platform’s position on marriage and reveal, once again, the failure of leadership within the Illinois GOP to represent Republican voters. Illinois GOP voters deserve representation and they deserve better than Pat Brady’s lies and duplicity.”
Kelly says Brady’s record of failure as GOP Chairman is also clear: Brady was hastily appointed by party insiders to the GOP chairmanship in 2009 – without opposition. In 2010, he bungled the GOP’s chance to retake the governor’s office in a landslide Republican year. That failure meant Illinois Democrats retained exclusive re-map control of Illinois districts.
Earlier this year, Kelly called on Brady to resign after he interfered in state GOP primaries. Brady has also been widely criticized for the state GOP’s participation in a funding scheme involving top donors to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
At the State Convention in June, Brady and members of the State Central Committee also blocked the resolution on direct elections from going to a floor vote, which would have allowed GOP voters to directly elect their party leaders.
At a recent state central GOP committee meeting, Brady bragged of his fundraising record in the 2012 elections.
“But none of those funds went to help pro-family candidates for public office,” says Kelly. “Donations were squandered and the Illinois GOP lost race after race after race in 2012. That’s why GOP voters must call for Brady’s resignation effective immediately.”
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