Thursday, March 7, 2013

An Email-Order Marriage?

There is an old saying in Lake County:
"Do not ask for whom the wedding bell tolls, it tolls for thee ... provided the word thee means you are gay."
Haha, gay marriage is coming to Illinois, and by definition to Lake County, where everyone is all a tizzy. This weekend, it's looking like Pat Brady could lose his Chairmanship of the Illinois Republican Party, because he favors gay marriage. The news has woken TeamAmerica10th from his dogmatic slumbers, who is in a tizzy over ...
the issue of GOP Chairman Pat Brady, and the calls of several Committeemen from the Illinois GOP Central Committee to hold a special meeting to consider just what to do about Chairman Brady in light of his recent statements on single-sex marriage (SSM).
Escaping from the Illinois GOP Central Committee's Trick Box on Pat Brady
The Illinois Senate this week passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, which is making its way to the Illinois House, where some Republican members there are in a tizzy to boot.

Gay marriage is popular with the voters, and that creates a problem for suburban Republican legislators. Vote against the gay marriage bill and alienate your voters by tarnishing your finely-honed Moderate-Republican veneer. Or vote for the bill and enrage your radical base who will likely run someone against you in the next Republican Primary. Sort of like what they are about to do to Pat Brady. (Note to Aaron Lawlor: there may soon be an opening for Illinois Republican Party Chair.)

To illustrate the problem, one Lake County operative was surprised to receive an unsolicited email from their Representative in Springfield, with the subject line ...
Marriage Equality
(This operative tells your LakeCountyEye that they never contacted the Representative, who will go unnamed. And although they support Marriage Equality, it was not something high on this operative's agenda.)

Sent: 03/05/2013 1:00 PM
Subject: Marriage Equality

Dear Neighbor:
Thank you very much for taking the time to contact my office to provide me with your feedback on an issue of concern to you and your family. I appreciate your input and will take your views into consideration when reviewing this issue.
I receive hundreds of email requests daily from constituents like you with questions and concerns on various issues and I wanted to respond to you in a timely manner. Please be advised that while this is an automatic response e-mail sent to everyone who contacts my office, I regularly review and compile constituent feedback on every subject and will follow-up with you via e-mail to inform you when further legislative action is taken on this issue and my vote on any relevant legislation.
As the 98th General Assembly progresses please be assured that I thoroughly analyze each piece of legislation and consider the feedback I receive from interested constituents like you when determining my vote in support or opposition to a specific public policy proposal.
Please feel welcome to call my District Office at 847-566-5115 if you have any further questions or concerns. You can also stay informed of developments from Springfield by visiting my website at or by joining my "Sullivan Spotlight" e-newsletter list. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Ed Sullivan
State Representative - District 51
This Legislator seems to have gotten ahead of the curve and may have already spammed his email-list with an unsolicited form-letter, just to let his voters know that he is thoroughly analyzing the merits of Marriage Equality. Note to ops: one doesn't come to enjoy a finely-honed Moderate-Republican veneer by accident.

Something tells your LakeCountyEye that this Legislator will not be voting in favor of a Marriage Equality Bill.

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