Will Illinois Republican Committee Chairman Pat Brady get the boot following his public support of marriage equality?
That's a very real possibility as GOP committee members in the state continue to ignore where the state (and the nation) is headed with regards to same-sex marriage.
A special meeting has been called to discuss Brady going rogue and a vote may soon follow that could have him removed from his post.
More after the jump.
According to Chicago's WBEZ:
"Chairman Pat Brady said he received a phone call Friday afternoon informing him that party bosses are calling a special meeting at which they’ll discuss why Brady publicly bucked the party line on same-sex marriage, as well as other issues such as fundraising, Brady said.
Brady said the March 9 special meeting will only reinforce a negative image of the GOP as a party of “old white guys,” though he said he’ll respect the process.
The special meeting comes after weeks of false starts as Brady’s critics couldn’t organize to gather the required five signatures from state central commissioners to call a special meeting. State Central Committeemen Jerry Clarke, from Urbana, has been working behind the scenes to organize the meeting, according to several party bosses."
Committee members calling for Brady's resignation primarily take issue with Brady taking a public position that runs contrary to the party's platform. He also didn't bother inform them he was going to do it. Brady has said repeatedly that his support of marriage equality is personal and is not meant to be a reflection on the GOP.
WBEZ explains that "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 says 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.
Will Brady be ousted for doing what's right, Instincters?