* The attempted ouster of Pat Brady as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party during a special meeting this Saturday may have hit a snag. I obtained this memo from an attorney working for those opposed to Brady’s ouster…
The call of this special meeting specifies to discuss only “the financial status of the State Central Committee and plans to enhance the leadership, image and appeal of the Republican Party of Illinois as we head into the critical 2014 elections.”
According to Robert’s Rules, anything voted on at the meeting that is outside of the call of the meeting would need to be ratified at another meeting.
As noted in Article VII of the State Central Committee’s bylaws, its proceedings are governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.
According to Section 9 of Robert’s Rules, which governs how special meetings are to be conducted, the only business that can be transacted at a special meeting is that which has been specified in the call of the meeting. This rule, however, does not preclude the consideration of privileged motions, or of any subsidiary, incidental, or other motions that may arise in connection with the transaction of such business or the conduct of the meeting. If, at a special meeting, action is taken relating to business not mentioned in the call, that action, to become valid, must be ratified by the organization at a regular meeting.
So, even if they vote him out, he may be able to remain as chairman until at least the next regular meeting, which is not until April 13th.
* Meanwhile, as you know by now, state Sen. Jim Oberweis has been leading the charge to oust Chairman Brady. This is what he told Bernie…
While he’s against same-sex marriage, he says he wants the next chairman to favor an “open tent” and welcome people with beliefs outside the platform on marriage and other issues.
But he didn’t like Brady’s involvement in some GOP primaries. And Oberweis said that on the marriage issue and as CEO of the party, it was “totally unacceptable” for Brady to be “publicly taking a stand against the party platform.” Oberweis likened it to the top person saying “the Republican Party has got to get behind ObamaCare.”
But the LaSalle County Republican Party had a different take on the issue when it passed this resolution…