Illinois Republicans are starting the process to select a replacement for central Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson, who announced last week he was dropping his relection bid. Party chairman Pat Brady says he'll be in charge of mechanics for choosing a candidate but will not have a vote in who the eventual nominee is.
"It will be our mission and our mission only to ensure that the process is fair, open and transparent. That we properly vet all our candidates...that we are not Chicago democrats, we're going to allow everyone an opportunity to be heard and we are going to choose a good, strong candidate."
Brady says he wants the winning nominee to have a strong plan for executing the campaign and for fundraising. He says a timetable will be among the things discussed during a conference call of the 13th district county officials involved in the process. Brady says he's sure two months from now a nominee will be in place. Due to redistricting, there is no state central committeeman in the district. That's why Brady appointed himself as manager of the process.
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