Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady may lose his job over his support of marriage equality.
A handful of GOP bosses have been calling for Brady’s resignation since he came out in favor of same-sex marriage via a public statement in January. Committeemen bristled at the fact that Brady took a public position contrary to the party’s platform, and didn’t notify any of them beforehand. Brady’s ouster would require the weighted vote of three-fifths of the state central committee. The votes are weighted differently based on turnout in the March primary. Committeeman Jim Oberweis, a state senator, said there are enough votes to fire Brady. “We’d have exactly the same reaction if suddenly Pat decided to talk about the merits of Obamacare,” Oberweis told WBEZ Friday. Brady has said his position on gay marriage is personal, and that he wasn’t speaking on behalf of the party when he made his original statement. He’s since refused to step down.
Brady’s fate may be decided at a special meeting on March 9th.