Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady says he will stay on through the end of his current term. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Pat Brady is shrugging off yet another attempt to oust him as Illinois Republican Party chairman.
The party held a closed door meeting in Tinley Park on Saturday in which his critics outside chanted 'Throw Him Out.'
"That was 35 people and I can name them by name who show up at every meeting and scream at me and I let them do it, but those aren't the broader base of the party," Brady said.
The party leaders didn't take a vote on whether to oust him as they have in the past. Brady says the party needs 62 percent support for a measure to remove him as chairman. Brady did say he won't seek another term after this one expires next year.
Brady has taken heat from conservatives for his support of gay marriage, and GOP losses in recent elections. Democrats gained veto-proof majorities in the Illinois House and Senate last November.
Brady said the party needs to be more inclusive and he added some in the party disagree.
"When you have guys like (Todd) Akin, the Senate candidate over in Missouri making the 'legitimate rape' comments, forget suburban women, forget any women. If you come across as mean spirited like I think some in our arty have, you aren't going to get any young people," Brady said.
As for the 2014 gubernatorial election, Brady said he isn't backing any of the expected candidates for governor (Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Aaron Schock - to which he added Bruce Rauner and Dan Proft), but said a Republican primary can be healthy as long as the candidates don't attack each other.
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