Madison County GOP Joins Growing Number of Counties Calling for Pat Brady’s Resignation

Written by David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director

Meanwhile, Pat Brady laughs it up while the
Illinois State Central Committee
has yet to call for a special meeting
to deal with this troubling situation.

On Monday evening, the Madison County Republican Central Committee joined the going chorus of calls for Pat Brady to resign his post of Chairman with the Illinois Republican Party.  Late last year it was revealed that Brady was working with Democrats to lobby Illinois state lawmakers to redefine the institution of marriage.

Here is the resolution they passed:


WHEREAS,  the Madison County Republican Central Committee (“MCRCC”) is the established committee of the Republican Party in Madison County, Illinois; and

WHEREAS, the MCRCC represents the voice of Republicans in Madison County, Illinois; and

WHEREAS, on June 9, 2012, the Illinois Republican Party adopted the 2012 Platform of the Illinois republican Party (“Platform”) as recommended by the Convention Committee on Platforms and Resolutions; and

WEHREAS, on or about January 3, 2013, the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady, publicly endorsed legislation pending in the Illinois General Assembly that would permit same-sex marriage in Illinois and, subsequently, personally lobbied members of the Illinois General Assembly to support said legislation; and

WHEREAS, the action s of Pat Brady in endorsing such legislation are contrary to the values and principles established for the Illinois Republican Party at its most recent State Convention; and

WHEREAS, as the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady should be advancing the values and principles of the Illinois Republican Party as set forth in its Platform rather than undermining them; and

WHEREAS, the MCRC no longer has confidence in Pat Brady to lead the Illinois Republican Party.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Madison County Republican Central Committee, that the MCRCC hereby calls upon Pat Brady to resign his position as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, effective immediately.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if Pat Brady does not resign his position within the next thrity days, that the Illinois State Central Committee take action to remove him from his position at its next meeting.

Approved by the Madison County republican Central Committee this 28th day of January, 2013

Pat Brady Digs In — Will County GOP Calls For His Resignation

Written by David E. Smith, IFA Executive Director

This past weekend, Pat Brady, Chairman of the Illinois Republican party, was interviewed on Fox 32 about his political activity to help Illinois Democrats pass radical Leftist legislation to redefine marriage and family.  This conflicts not only with the Illinois Republican Platform and the National Republican Platform but also with the views of the majority of voters in the state –specifically members of Brady’s own party.  (Watch the video HERE.)

Political Reporter Mike Flannery begins by attempting to confuse the issue by suggesting in his first question that the private political activity of Brady can be seen as outside his very public and official position of GOP chairman.  Not only is this absurd, it is intellectually dishonest to try to bifurcate the political activity of the two.

This truth becomes clear in Brady’s answer in which he is unable to separate his “personal opinion” from his official role, saying that Illinois’ current Defense of Marriage Law is “not what the Republican Party stands for.”

But Brady’s most outrageous and hypocritical comments came as he attempted to advance a narrative that blames social conservatives for all the problems the party and the state face.

“But I do believe that part of the reason that we are losing here in Illinois is our message is getting muddled by these social issues.  And the issues that we can win upon, the fiscal issues, I mean can you see a bigger mess in the country than Governor Quinn has made of the state of Illinois and the Democrats over the last twelve years?  And these social issues tend to muddle our good message that people agree with us on.  They scare suburban women.  They scare minorities.  And young people look at us like we are out of the stone age.”

I have a number of responses to offer:

  • If Pat Brady really believes that the social issues are muddling the GOP’s so-called “good message that people agree with us on,” why in the world has he decided to roll up his sleeves and get involved promoting a social issue, let alone join the side that runs contrary to the very platform he is supposed to represent?
  • Obviously, Pat Brady has succumbed to liberal propaganda that wrongly asserts that marriage is a civil right. It is not.  Read more HERE.
  • Brady wrongly claims that the social issues scare minorities.  Every time a state marriage amendment has been placed on a ballot, there has been strong support for traditional marriage from the black and Latino communities.  And in our work to oppose marriage redefinition legislation here in Illinois, some of the most vocal and animated opposition is coming from black and Latino religious leaders.  Brady is out-of-touch with reality and woefully uniformed.
  • Brady suggests that the “good message” of the GOP is getting muddled by social issues.  I have been politically active in Illinois for more than fifteen years now.  Never have I seen the Illinois GOP promote social issues.  Pat Brady and his recent predecessors have gone out of their way to avoid talking about the social issues. So, how is Brady’s “good message” getting muddled by something they have refused to talk about?  The sad truth is that while the Democrats have boldly pushed critical social issues related to homosexuality to the forefront of the political landscape, RINOs like Brady have said nothing.  As Democrats stand ready and eager to effectively destroy marriage, Brady scolds Republicans both for engaging in the social issues and for not joining extreme Democrats in this leap toward cultural suicide.
  • Later in the segment, Brady points to the Republican Party’s “AAA Team” as examples of upcoming young minority stars within the party, including:  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Florida), Governor Susana Martinez (New Mexico), and Governor Nikki Haley (South Carolina).  Ironically, each one of these minority GOP stars is unabashedly pro-marriage.  And you can add to this list:  Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), U.S. Senator Tim Scott (South Carolina), U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (Minnesota), and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas).

And in related news, Will County Republican Chairman Edward Ronkowski reports:

At our well attended Second Congressional District Republican candidate debate on January 17, 2013, without any discussion on the issue of retaining Illinois Republican Chairman Patrick Brady, we offered all attending the opportunity to cast a secret written ballot asking “Should Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady resign?” After the debate, two Republican State Central Committeemen and two Republican County Chairmen counted the ballots with poll-watchers in attendance.  The vote was 58 for Pat Brady to resign, 4 for him to stay, and two ballots submitted that were not voted.” [Emphasis added.]

Please take a moment to contact your member of the Republican State Central Committee (the governing board of the Party) to ask them to demand the resignation of Pat Brady.

Steven Daglas (District 1) —

Judy Diekelman (District 2) —

Angel Garcia (District 3) —

VACANT (District 4)

Skip Saviano (District 5) —

Chris Kachiroubas (District 6) —

Carol Donovan (District 7) —

Eugene Dawson (District 8 ) —

Jack Dorgan (District 9) —

Mark Shaw (District 10) — (847) 244-4696

Barbara Peterson (District 11) —

Deb Detmers (District 12) —

Roger Claar (District 13) —

Jim Oberweis (District 14) —

Jerry Clarke (District 15) —

Dave Syverson (District 16) —

Judy Dudek (District 17) –

Mike Bigger (District 18) – m.bigger@m​

Bob Winchester (District 19) —

Williamson County GOP Joins Calls for Pat Brady’s Resignation!

The Williamson County Republican Central Committee has unanimously voted on a resolution calling for Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to resign. In a press release, the Central Committee wrote:

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady recently participated in a campaign urging Republican lawmakers to back legislation to legalize “same-sex marriage” in Illinois. Williamson County Central Committee Chairman Sue Hamilton said that while Brady claims to have acted as a private citizen – it is impossible to separate his personal views from his public position as Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.

As a result of Brady’s actions, the Williamson County Republican Central Committee debated and unanimously passed a motion on January 10, 2013 calling for him to resign.

The resolution reads as follows:

1. Pat Brady, having espoused views contrary to the Illinois Republican Party platform, is asked to resign.

2. If Mr. Brady does not resign within 30 days, we ask that the Illinois State Central Committee remove him from office.

3. This action is to be shared with all County Central Committees for their consideration and concurrence.

McLean County GOP Calls for Pat Brady’s Resignation

The McLean County Republican Central Committee met Monday, Jan 14th, at their Headquarters and voted unanimously among those present the following:

“The McLean County Republican Central Committee calls for the resignation of Pat Brady as the state Republican Party Chairman due to his promotion of issues contrary to the Republican Party platform.”

“Pat Brady has failed to lead the State Republican Party, and should step down as its leader. Brady has failed to follow the Illinois Republican Party platform along with the National Republican Party’s Platform.”

John W. Parrott, Jr., Chairman of the McLean County Republican Party, further called upon the State Central Committee (currently there are 19 members under the old map) to convene and vote to have Brady step down. Parrott favors installing an Interim Chairman (from the Current Committee) and then proceed with a search of a Candidate who embraces and will represent the Party’s Platform.

“Illinois has become a National embarrassment from the fiscal issues in the State Government to the leadership in Springfield. The Republicans are in the minority in both the Illinois House and Senate; we need new leadership, and we need it now. Pat Brady has been a failure, and I hope he leaves on his own, or the State Central Committee is successful in removing him as our Leader,” said Parrott.

“I have known Pat for a long time, and I have considered him a friend over the years. I supported him when he ran for National Committeemen and when he was asked to step in when McKenna stepped down from the Chairmanship, I was very supportive. “

“When he assumed the Chairmanship, I discussed with Pat that this was time for strong leadership within the Party, but sadly have not seen any evidence of positive change. Pat, it’s time to go.”

Grundy County GOP Calls for Pat Brady to Step Down

Written by David E. Smith

Last night (1-09-2013), the Grundy County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady to step down.  Here is the motion that passed:

Be it resolved that the Grundy County Republican Party Central Committee immediately send correspondence to the Illinois Republican State Central Committee calling for the resignation of Patrick Brady as the State Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and for his replacement by someone who supports the 2012 Platform of the Illinois Republican Party, including its position supporting traditional marriage and the traditional family.

This resolution is in response to the news that Brady was “personally” endorsing the redefinition of marriage and family.  During the lame duck session, Brady was reportedly lobbying fellow Republicans in the Illinois State Senate in favor of this anti-family policy.  According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Brady said that this radical Leftist policy “…strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value – that the law should treat all citizens equally.”

This simply demonstrates how woefully uninformed Brady is on how fundamentally important marriage and family are to society.  Not only does redefining marriage damage the institution (as demonstrated by Stanley Kurtz in this scholarly article in the Weekly Standard), but it is intellectually dishonest to suggest that standing for traditional marriage is discriminatory — as the Illinois Republican Platform equivocally does.

Every American citizen — regardless of sexual preferences — is free to pursue relationships with any consenting adult of their choice.  No one is stopping them.  Yes, those who identify as homosexual have the freedom to make lifetime commitments to whomever they wish. They also have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex if they choose.   Liberal activists, however, do NOT  have the right to redefine the institution of marriage for everyone else.  Nor do they have the right to compel the belief that homosexual relationships are equal to the marriage relationship.  THEY ARE NOT EQUAL.

Brady faces growing calls for his resignation, at a time when some Illinois Republicans are rethinking the party’s dismal performance in leadership and in election cycles over the past decade.  The time is right, the cause is just.

For the record, Illinois Family Action called for Brady’s resignation last week.  State Representative David Reis (R-Olney), a pro-family leader from southern Illinois, also issued a press release last week calling for Brady’s resignation, according to an article on Illinois Review.  The Illinois Center Right Coalition also recently passed a resolution calling on the Illinois Republican Party’s chairman Pat Brady to resign.  And 2012 Platform Committee members David E. Smith, Karen Hayes and John Parrott have also called for Brady to step down.

Feel free to call the Illinois GOP at (217) 525-0011 to demand that this Benedict Arnold be thrown out…

IL GOP Chair Pat Brady Promotes Same-Sex Marriage

Written by Laurie Higgins

There are many things wrong with Illinois politics, but today our attention should turn to the feckless and destructive antics of the chair of the Illinois Republican Party: Pat Brady. On this the first working day of the New Year, the purported standard-bearer for conservatism in Illinois is busy calling Illinois Republican lawmakers, urging them to vote to destroy marriage. Yes, you heard that right. IL GOP Chair Pat Brady is trying to convince Republican state lawmakers that marriage has no intrinsic connection to gender, sexual complementarity, or procreative potential.

Does anyone think his efforts resulted from deep study of the public purposes of marriage or the implications of eliminating the central defining feature of marriage? Does anyone think he has seriously studied the work of Princeton Law professor, Robert George on what marriage is? Or like me, do you think Brady’s frenetic efforts to pervert marriage reflect a Macbethian desire for power and position.

As Brady works to undermine marriage, the family, and, by the way, the Republican Party platform, he demonstrates the kind of intellectual and moral vacuity that Illinoisans have come to expect from their politicians.

Brady argues that this is an “equality issue.” Say what? Those Illinoisans who choose to place their same-sex attraction at the center of their identity are perfectly free to participate in the sexually complementary public institution of marriage.  They choose not to participate in it.

Homosexuals are not being treated unequally, and they are not requesting equality. They are demanding the special privilege of unilaterally jettisoning the central defining feature of marriage: sexual complementarity.

According to Brady, equality demands that citizens be allowed to jettison criteria that establish what type of relationship constitutes marriage (which necessarily establish what types of relationships do not constitute marriage). Therefore, I guess equality demands that polyamorists be allowed to jettison the criterion regarding numbers of partners. Surely Brady doesn’t want polyamorists to be treated unequally.

And what about the two brothers who want to marry. Surely, Brady doesn’t want incestuous couples to be treated unequally. With same-sex incestuous unions, society need not worry about the increased risk of birth defects in children born to sibling unions because homosexuals are naturally and by design sterile. In addition, as the Beatles and homosexuals have told us ad nauseum, “all you need is love.” Freedom loving “progressives” in with whom Brady has thrown his lot, have judgmentally asked of anyone who makes moral claims with which they disagree, “Who are you to judge?” Surely Brady wouldn’t presume to judge the love between two brothers.

Brady has said that his efforts to pursue “equality” have nothing to do with his role as IL GOP leader. Rather, Brady claims (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) that he is merely expressing his personal views. Riiight. Brady spends the first working day of the New Year and the first working day of the lame duck session expressing his “personal views” about same-sex marriage to lawmakers outside of his personal legislative district.

And demonstrating astonishing arrogance, Brady told Illinois Review that the “’true conservative position is in favor” of same-sex marriage.”

No, Mr. Brady, Illinoisans are not that stupid.

Pat Brady has got to go.

Read more:

ILGOP Chair Sees Gay Marriage as “Equality Issue” and as “Equality Issue” and “True Conservative Position”
77 Reasons Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady is as dumb as a rock

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