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Cross Leaving House: Brady Declines Leadership Bid

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:56:50 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

State Representative Dan Brady says he won't seek the position of House Minority Leader when Tom Cross steps down. Cross has announced plans to run for State Treasurer and asked for succession planning to begin. Brady says even though he is in house leadership Cross's job is too big for Brady's current family and business commitments.

"The time commitment that is involved in the dedication to the House Republicans, recruitment of candidates, fundraising, all major major things that need to be done by an individual that can give that their primary full time focus and that is something that I am not in a position right now to do the job that's required.

Republicans who've questioned Cross' leadership in the wake of tough Election Day losses have already been jockeying for the job. Brady says right now, it's a two person race between State Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Springfield area lawmaker Raymond Poe. Brady says it is possible the House caucus meeting to choose Cross's replacement will be held in Bloomington Normal. The Treasurer's job Cross wants will be wide open as Treasurer Dan Rutherford is running for governor. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Mike Frerichs is in.


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