Roskam not saying much on Pat Brady controversy
GOP Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam was in Naperville today to visit the chamber of commerce, taking time to speak with reporters afterward.
DuPage County bureau staff writer Justin Kmitch, present at the event, took the opportunity to ask him about the recent skirmish within the Illinois GOP, over calls for Chairman Pat Brady's ouster for supporting same sex marriage.
You've read our series of articles on the party infighting over this issue, as well as the special March 9 state central committee meeting to discuss Brady's ouster that fell apart 13 hours before it was set to begin.
"What message does the handling of this situation send to the rest of the nation regarding the Illinois GOP?" Kmitch asked.
In answering, Roskam largely talked about Democrats, instead of his own party.
"Illinois has a higher than average unemployment rate. It's got a majority in the General Assembly that has squandered the confidence of the public. It is on the verge of a debt crisis and has completely underperformed based on bad leadership in Springfield. That's what we should be talking about morning, noon and night every single day because that has the big impact on the daily lives of most Illinoisans. So I think to the extent that all these other things become distractions, the fact is Mike Madigan, John Cullerton and Pat Quinn have driven the state into the ground, from a financial point of view and Republicans are poised to have good alternatives and I think that's front and center where most people want to be focused."