DOWNERS GROVE – Illinois state Rep. Ron Sandack bowed out of consideration for chairmanship of the Illinois Republican Party early Wednesday.
The Republican State Central Committee had named him as one of nine finalists being considered for chairman.
Sandack, a former Downers Grove mayor, said the nomination was a "humbling experience" on Tuesday. But after talking with party insiders and Republican activists, he told media outlets Wednesday he decided his pro-gay marriage stance would be too controversial in the role.
The Illinois Republican Party is looking to replace former chair Pat Brady, who was ousted from the position by conservative members of the party over his support of gay marriage.
"It's nice to know that several people thought I would be a good party chair," Sandack said Tuesday.
He added that in the case he did not become party chair he would "stay active and to try to rebuild and revitalize the Republican brand so that there's a choice here in Illinois."
Sandack's 81st House District includes parts of Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Woodridge, Westmont and Naperville.