Pat Brady and the Illinois GOP

Written by David E. Smith and Laurie Higgins

This Saturday, the Republican State Central Committee (RSCC) will meet in Chicago for a regular meeting.

A few months ago, it was revealed that Pat Brady, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, was lobbying Republican state lawmakers in favor of same-sex “marriage.”  By doing this, Pat Brady betrayed conservative family values and the Republican Platform that states:

Our laws should strongly support and celebrate the loving commitment a man and a woman make to each other in marriage. Our laws should strongly support and celebrate a loving, married couple bringing new life into the world and rearing their children in a secure and nurturing environment from conception to adulthood. No law should undermine the importance of that union, divide that union nor unduly burden the efforts of parents to rear a family in a safe and nurturing environment.  (Section V of the 2012 Platform of the Illinois Republican Party.)

Pat Brady violated the trust of Republican voters by actively promoting same-sex marriage, which is diametrically opposed to Republican core principles. When Brady’s betrayal was exposed, he added insult to injury by trying to claim that he was not acting in his professional role as leader of the Illinois GOP.

Now that Brady has embraced the radical political mission to redefine marriage, why should we believe that he will not abandon the Republican platform on the right to life?

The task of the Republican Party is to strengthen the party by recommitting with conviction, courage, and passion to truth, which we cannot do with leaders like Pat Brady.

Leaders like Brady continually promote the falsehood that the “social issues”—a term increasingly used to disparage and dismiss those who believe marriage and protection of the unborn are of greater importance than the tax rate—are trivial.

The immoderate “moderate” wing of the Republican Party does not seek a bigger tent. They seek a smaller, rainbow-colored tent that will become complicit with the destruction of the single most important social institution: marriage.

And they don’t seek to silence true conservatives because these immoderates have deep, substantive philosophical commitments to genderless marriage. Leaders like Brady seek to undermine both the Republican Party and marriage for personal power and political expediency.  A man of conscience and wisdom would be ashamed. Brady’s neither.

The RSCC must remove and replace Pat Brady as soon as possible.

Take ACTION: Contact the following key members of the RSCC to encourage them to remove Pat Brady as GOP Chairman this Saturday:

District Name Cell Work Email
5 Angelo Skip Saviano 708-453-7598 708-453-7547
7 Carol Smith Donovan 312-643-0730 708-771-2345
12 Deb Detmers 618-910-2994
13 Roger C. Claar 630-212-2200 630-226-8412
16 Dave Syverson 815-985-7135 815-987-7555
17 Judy Dudek 309-224-8379 309-647-1544
18 Michael S. Bigger 309-695-6338 309-695-6266