Illinois GOP Chair Exits After Backing Gay Marriage
Pat Brady opposed party platform
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
In this Nov. 9, 2009 file photo, Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady speaks at a news conference in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(Newser) – The head of the Illinois Republican Party is stepping down after publicly backing gay marriage in January. Pat Brady's support for a measure currently under state consideration ran counter to the party's platform; he said his stance was personal and not made in his capacity as party chief, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Brady said he was not resigning due to political pressure but in order "to focus on my wife"—who has cancer—"and our kids," the Daily Herald reports. "I've been going hard for six years. It's time to move on." The Tribune, however, makes clear that the exit will surprise no one: At a meeting of GOP leaders last month, a succession plan was discussed. In his resignation letter, he says he'll remain politically active.

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04052063
May 8, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
The GOP itself is against the republican party platform. Whatever happened to limited government?
jsehgal
May 7, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
He should switch to Democratic Party .
clmsman
May 7, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
Its OK to be against GM and its OK to be for it, but when your running as a Republican under the party platform its not alright just put an I or D after your name. Enough with the GOP bashing they have every right to be against something just like the liberal drones are for something and I am sure they don't know quite why they are its just the latest cool thing in their microsopic minds.