ILLINOIS, January 15, 2013 (LifeSitenews.com) – After the chair of the Illinois state Republican Party called on his party’s state senators to cast votes for same-sex “marriage,” members of the GOP party leadership are calling for his resignation.
Pat Brady defied the Republican Party’s platform when he started making lobbying calls to his party’s senators to change their position on same-sex “marriage.” Brady told The Daily Herald that he made the calls as a private citizen and not in his capacity as chairman, but members of party leadership are still outraged.
“If people want to throw me out… then that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times in response to the backlash. “But I’m not backing down.”
Three-fifth’s of the Illinois GOP Committee’s votes are needed to oust the chairman and, so far, only four of the members have publicly called for his resignation, amounting to nearly half of the required votes. However, the Illinois Review reports that the committee may have the votes necessary.
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“Pat Brady is a total disgrace,” said Bobbie Peterson, a Republican state central committeewoman from Beecher, Ill. according to WBEZ. “He’s a pretty face for TV. He can speak well. Period. But what’s coming out of his mouth is not what the Illinois Republican party is about.”
Joining the calls for Brady’s resignation is the National Organization for Marriage, which said that it will spend $250,000 to defeat any Republican that joins Brady in voting in favor of same-sex “marriage” in Illinois.
Also calling for Brady's resignation is Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth. “This is a classically dysfunctional controversy for a classically dysfunctional party,” LaBarbera told LifeSiteNews.com.
Though many in national GOP leadership have called for Brady’s resignation, LaBarbera lamented the dearth of GOP party committee members and Illinois pro-traditional-marriage politicians making public statements about Brady’s stance.
“If politicians have been running for years, claiming to be pro-family and pro-life, they should put their money where their mouth is and call for Brady to go. It’s pretty odd that more of them have not said anything publicly.”
LaBarbera added, “Brady is making a mockery of the Republican party platform.”
The state’s same-sex “marriage” bill was introduced earlier this month in a “lame duck” session, but lacked the votes to be brought for an official vote. Local pro-family activists expect that there will be another push for the bill in the new session, however.