Illinois GOP didn't have votes to oust chairman

March 9, 2013
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2009 file photo, Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The Illinois Republican Party's central committee backed off an attempt to fire Brady on Saturday, March 9, 2013, amid concern that ousting him because of his support for gay marriage could damage GOP efforts to appeal to more moderate voters. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of the Illinois Republican Party's central committee says a meeting was canceled partly because there weren't enough votes to fire party chairman Pat Brady.

Some committeemen wanted to oust Brady, largely because he publicly supported a bill to legalize gay marriage earlier this year.

A meeting had been scheduled for Saturday. It was canceled Friday night amid pressure from prominent Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and House Republican Leader Tom Cross.

State Sen. Dave Syverson is a committeeman and GOP treasurer from Rockford. He says the vote would have been close, but members who had concerns about Brady separate from his gay marriage stance "didn't want to be tied up in" that flap.

A spokesman for Kirk says he's pleased and "it's time to move on."