Illinois Review is reporting that party vice chair, Carol Donovan, may replace Brady.
In 2010, the GOP netted four congressional seats and President Obama's former Senate seat. But that was in spite of the party. Yes, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady (no relation) ran a crappy campaign, but a more effective Illinois GOP would have pushed him over the top against the hapless Pat Quinn. And in 2012, the Republicans lost three US House seats and both chambers of the General Assembly now have veto-proof Democratic majorities.
It's time Pat Brady to go. The mainstream media will jump on Brady's support of gay marriage as the catalyst if he's ousted. But simply put, Brady hasn't gotten the job done.
The state GOP has almost no social media presence, it conducts no blogger outreach. It has no message.
Here's a starter kit for a platform for Donovan, assuming she replaces Brady.
- Support a constitutional amendment banning gerrymandering and having a non-partisan commission conduct the decennial remaps. The people should pick their representatives--it should not be the other way around.
- Repeal the 2011 income tax hike.
- A no-nepotism pledge for GOP legislators and statewide office holders.
- A promise to call a vote to remove any state legislator charged with a crime. Yes, that includes drunk driving. Public service is a privilege, not a right.
- Propose tougher sentencing laws for public corruption.
- Promote school choice.
- Back meaningful pension reform and promise that state pension commitments are fully-funded.
- Support right-to-work legislation. Even Michigan has dropped forced-unionization.
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