Pat Brady (politician)
|Chairman of Illinois Republican Party|
2009 – May 7, 2013
|Preceded by||Andrew McKenna|
|Succeeded by||Jack Dorgan|
Pat Brady is the former chairman for the Illinois Republican Party, and a former federal and state prosecutor. Brady became the chairman in 2009 when Andrew McKenna resigned to run for governor.
Prior to his selection as Party Chairman, Brady served on the Republican National Committee Budget Committee and Chaired the RNC Ethics Committee. Brady had been active in many local and national political campaigns, most notably the McCain for President Campaign where he was a member of the Finance Committee and served as a media surrogate in the Chicago area media market. Brady's wife, Julie, was Co-Chairman of the Illinois for McCain Campaign.
As Chairman in the 2010 election cycle, Brady hired Rodney Davis, now a congressman in the Illinois 13th Congressional District, to manage the State Party's first statewide "Victory" Program. Working closely with the Kirk for Senate Campaign, the Illinois Victory Program made over 4.4 million voter contacts helping elect Senator Mark Kirk to President Obama's former Senate seat, 5 new members of congress, two Illinois Constitutional Offices and Republican victories in numerous down ballot races in jurisdictions dominated by Democrats for decades. elections.nytimes.com/2010/results/Illinois. In addition to their electoral successes, the Illinois Republican Party raised more money for its candidates and programs than at any time in its history.
In January 2013, after a tough 2012 election cycle for Republicans, Brady, citing the conservative principles of freedom and belief in the family structure, encouraged Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly to support proposed same-sex marriage legislation. Although he claimed to be urging support of same-sex marriage as a citizen only, and not in his official role as party chairman, the move was criticized by more conservative members of the Illinois Republican Party.
He resigned on May 7, 2013, after his embroilment in a fight over same-sex marriage with members of his party. He commented,
"I've been going at it hard for six years, I need to focus on my family, and obviously I had lost the support of the state Central Committee because of my position on gay marriage." Brady also cited his wife's ongoing battle with cancer.
After his resignation as Illinois Republican Party Chairman, Brady formed Next Generation Public Affairs, a Midwestern based Government Affairs firm with Matt Strawn, the former Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. The ACLU hired him to lobby Republican Legislators in Illinois to pass the same-sex marriage legislation that led to his ouster as Illinois Republican Party Chairman. The law passed in November 2013 and the Governor will sign the legislation into Law on November 20, 2013 making Illinois the 15 state to have same-sex marriage.
Brady continues his political activity as a frequent commentator on local television, radio and print media and a fundraiser for political candidates and causes.
- "Early voting begins, and politicians try to get out the vote - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- "Blagojevich Verdict: Illinois Politicians Respond, Using Result As Political Fodder". Huffingtonpost.com. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- "Illinois GOP chairman OK with gay marriage - Kevin Robillard". Politico.Com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- "GOP chair urges support for same-sex marriage". DailyHerald.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- "More conservative leaders challenge IL GOP Chairman Brady's gay marriage support - Illinois Review". Illinoisreview.typepad.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
- Preston, Mark (7 May 2013). "Illinois GOP chair resigns, cites support for same-sex marriage as a reason". CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- http://www.suntimes.com/.../aclu-hires-ex-illinois-gop-chairman-pat-brady-to-lob articles.chicagotribune.com