Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady’s plan to win seats in the Illinois General Assembly didn’t work.
His main angle of attack this election season was to bash House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, characterizing the longtime Democratic leader as the root of all evil in the Land of Lincoln.
Voters apparently didn’t pay attention. Again. Prior attempts to use the speaker as a whipping post didn’t work either.
Following Tuesday's balloting, Democrats are poised to gain seats in both the state Senate and the House.
Brady told me Tuesday night that the key to the Democratic trouncing was because Democrats controlled the legislative map-making process. The once-per-decade redistricting process allowed Democrats to craft boundaries favorable to Democratic candidates.
So, the Democratic Party of Illinois raises the state income tax by 67 percent and fails to address the pension meltdown facing state government, yet still makes big gains in the General Assembly.
Remember the map argument when the remaining GOP members of the House and Senate consider ousting the current GOP leaders – House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno.
Brady said he’ll have more to say when the dust settles on Wednesday.
“We will persevere,” Brady said.