In the month since Republicans voted on a nominee for governor, veteran state Sen. Bill Brady said he's come to realize his role in the GOP has been elevated far beyond serving as just another state lawmaker representing a central Illinois district.
Election officials declared Brady the official Republican nominee for governor Friday by a 193-vote margin over Senate colleague Kirk Dillard. But Brady's political moves in the last week portrayed a man who's still coming to grips with his role as the Republican standard-bearer in a fight to end Democratic dominance of state government.
Brady has proposed banning same-sex marriages and civil unions and loosening restrictions on discrimination based on gender or sexual identity — issues that play well with his conservative base but don't sell well in Illinois' moderate middle. The
Bloomington lawmaker also tried to help a local veterinarian by sponsoring a bill allowing mass euthanasia of dogs and cats, which typically involves gassing the animals.
Brady will face off against current governor Pat Quinn in November.