Illinois GOP Chairman: This Is No Time For Obama To Hold Fundraiser

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party does not approve of President Barack Obama’s Chicago fundraiser that is coming Wednesday evening.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, Chairman Pat Brady contends Obama was nowhere to be seen during the debate over the nation’s debt limit, and more Americans are losing jobs every day.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports

So Brady asks, how does this an appropriate time to throw a fundraiser?

“At this point in George Bush’s reelect – I guess it would have been 2003 – he had held three fundraisers. President Obama – I think this is his 33rd fundraiser,” Brady said. “The focus of his presidency has been getting reelected, not focusing on the issues that are important to most Americans.”

When asked if it is appropriate for Republicans to hold fundraisers, Brady said the decision is up to them. Republican presidential contenders such as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have made their positions clear, and furthermore, Bachman has not missed a vote because of campaign responsibilities.

“This is the president of the United States. He ran for this office because he said he was going to solve the problems of the country, and not one of them has been solved. In fact, he’s made the situation worse,” Brady said. “I think of all the people in this country, he has the highest responsibility to take care of the job at hand.”

Obama’s fundraiser will also serve as a celebration for his 50th birthday at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson and OK Go will perform at the gala, for which a VIP dinner will cost up to $35,800 per plate.

  • R A

    So where were all the republician and Tea Party hopefulls at during the debit debate?

  • Lloyd Domres

    Oh please! GOP can do it any time. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.I guess you’re not doing your job Brady cause you’re too busy counting how many fundraisers President Obama is having. Quite moanin’ and do the job YOU were elected to do. As Momma always said “sweep in front of your own door.”

  • Chris Imrisek

    Is this guy for real?!? What about the House GOP’s going on “vacation” until September…without finalizing funding for the FAA?!?!? Guess what??? That’s gonna cost US taxpayers about $1 Billion!!!! Even President Obama wanted to get the funding finalized but the GOP said “NO” and even kept the Senate in session to block the President from running it through while lawmakers were absent…why you ask?!? Because the GOP is up to it’s old tricks of trying to bust the union!!! GOP lawmakers go on vacation before they finish funding the FAA and this guy is complaining that President Obama should be working instead of fundraising?!? WOW!!! How pathetic!!! Just like the rest of the GOP who’ve been hog-tied by their pledge to NOT raise taxes and their cowardness of the Tea-Baggers!!!!

    • Lyndia

      Chris don’t you know the republicans are the party of no. It is pathetic. It is pathetic that this president has had to endure so much disrespect.

  • mohammed Bin

    I find both parties not worth comment on until election time, both are worthless.

  • Barracka Mussiasis

    I agree with what brady said a bit….if you took a look at obama on the news you could here him say, solve the debt problem, as he ran inside the airforce one helichopter and flew away. Typical obama fighting strategy. Worse than his lets all be friends and hand them olive branches.

  • working man

    Both Parties Stop the play ground B.S. But it is hard when one side knows only one word NO the U.S is going down the drain ,get to work jack ass.

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