Brady Is Still Mulling Second Term as Chair

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Byline: Kerry Lester Political Editor

On their signature day at the Illinois State Fair in August 2009, Republicans found themselves scrambling to name a new chairman.

Shortly after Andy McKenna resigned his post, party leaders elected Republican National committeeman Pat Brady, of St. Charles.

Brady, an attorney and former federal prosecutor, had considered making a bid for the job, in due time. That day, he had planned to simply take his four children on some of the rides at the fair.

But over the last 3 1/2 years as party chair, Brady has established himself as a leader unafraid to take on Democratic Party boss Mike Madigan and as a successful fundraiser adept at making national party connections.

Even state Sen. Jim Oberweis, the Sugar Grove Republican currently working for Brady's ouster, called him a "good, honest, honorable individual" and "a step up from former insiders who served the party."

While the state GOP, as Brady famously quipped, won "five of its top four races" during the 2010 Republican wave, showings last November were not nearly as strong, with Democrats netting three of three targeted congressional seats and a host of state legislative seats, thanks, in part, to a new political map. …