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Meeting set to discuss Brady’s role in the GOP

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Enough state central committeemen have signed a letter to convene a meeting to discuss ousting Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his open support of same-sex marriage.

Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, has been trying to call a meeting since late January. He reserved conference room space in early February, but he didn’t have the five committeemen signatures required to call the meeting. Same-sex legislation passed in the Senate earlier this month and is pending in the House.

The private meeting is scheduled for March 9, Oberweis said.

He said the core of the issue is not about same-sex marriage, but about Brady’s conduct in parting with Republican views without discussing it with anyone first.

“I’d like to emphasize that this is a question of corporate governance,” he said.

Brady, of St. Charles, did not return messages seeking comment.

Oberweis said the meeting will give Brady a chance to explain his actions, and the committee can either accept that explanation or ask Brady to change his position and “admit he made a mistake or get a new CEO.”

“I’d like that to happen as quickly as possible,” Oberweis said. “I think we’ve waited too long already.”

Brady has been Illinois GOP chairman for more than three years, and his term ends in March 2014. It would require a three-fifths weighted vote from state party committeemen to remove him as chairman.

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