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Pat Brady, the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, was already set to end his tenure when this latest term ended at the end of the year, but it appears that the stress of the never ending attempts to oust him from his position coupled with family problems has forced him to resign effective immediately.
Brady announced his support for marriage equality in Illinois, earning the ire of his party.
While opponents have persistently attacked Brady for his support for same-sex marriage, among the things cited by Brady as part of his decision to resign has to do with his wife’s battle with ovarian cancer.
Brady stated “I’ve been gong hard for six years. It’s time to move on.” Brady and his wife, Julie, have four children, and she has been battling cancer for roughly two years now. He said “It’s time to focus on my wife and our kids.”
Brady survived two attempts to oust him lead by state Senator Jim Oberweis and committeeman Jerry Clark.
Brady’s decision leaves a void in the Republican leadership in Illinois, and the process to replace him as already begun. He fought to leave on his own terms rather than being forced out, and his decision to leave may have been brewing long before his resignation or even his voicing of support for marriage equality in Illinois.
Currently, the Illinois marriage equality bill is slowly moving through the Assembly. Minnesota and Delaware may be the next two states to legalize same-sex marriage.