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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

News conference: GOP presidential Andy Martin renews request for federal judge to step down in Dennis Hastert’s criminal case

GOP presidential candidate, Illinois political expert and national corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference today, October 28th to renew his request that the federal judge hearing former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s case step down. The judge previously gave a campaign contribution to Hastert. Andy’s letter to the judge is self-explanatory.
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Attention Illinois, Washington, New York, National daybook/assignment editors

Announcement of telephone news conference Wednesday, October 28

Conservative columnist and Republican Party maverick Andy Martin renews request for Hastert judge to step down

Andy says that judge’s insistence on sentencing someone he gave a campaign contribution to disgraces Chicago “justice”

Andy says that the judge is acting as an accomplice to a political cover-up

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(Chicago) (October 28, 2015) GOP presidential candidate, conservative columnist and corruption investigator Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference today, October 28th to renew his request that the judge hearing former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s criminal case step down. Andy’s latest letter to the judge follows (the letterhead is redacted):

October 28, 2015

Hon. Thomas M. Durkin
U.S. District Judge
219 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604

Re: U.S. v. Hastert, 1:15-cr-00315-1

Renewed request for recusal of the Court for appearance of bias

Dear Judge Durkin:

This letter is being served on both counsel for the United States and counsel for the Defendant (see below).

With the utmost respect for the Court as an institution, and in light of the Defendant’s guilty plea, I am respectfully renewing my request that you step down as a presiding judge in the above case. I believe your continued assignment to the Hastert case does serious damage to the integrity of the administration of justice in your Court.

1. Prior history

After Mr. Hastert was indicted you admitted there was an appearance of bias and you left it up to the parties to resolve the appearance of bias as a private matter without regard to any countervailing public interest. Prior to becoming a judge, you gave Mr. Hastert a campaign contribution. In fact, that act was the basis of your admission that there was an appearance of bias. Consequently, given your admission, I don’t have to establish the “appearance” question; you have conceded the matter. The only issue is whether the public also has a right to a neutral and detached judicial proceeding.

Given the sordid history of political and judicial corruption in Illinois, the need for judges to respect the public’s right to the fair and impartial administration is paramount. As a young law student I was a small part of the media investigation that culminated in the removal of two justices of the Illinois Supreme Court (Klingbiel and Solfisburg). The court later retaliated against me for my youthful display of integrity. I realized then that there was no way an advocate could serve both private clients and public integrity, and I have happily devoted my life to investigating, exposing and fighting corruption and the appearance of corruption or bias in our public life.

2. Guilty plea

Mr. Hastert has apparently agreed to plead guilty and will do so today.

3. The independent and overriding public interest

Although you have framed the public’s right to a fair and impartial judge as one that may be “waived” by the parties, and one that apparently belongs exclusively to the Defendant, there is a much broader public interest in the appearance of justice. The local media are already treating your acceptance of a plea as part of a cover-up of Mr. Hastert’s criminal scheme:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1049432/hastert-poised-plead-guilty-protect-3-5-million-secret

You are proposing to accept a plea that would clearly result in such a cover-up and also conceal the identity of the victim of Hastert’s original scheme. When have you ever heard of a criminal case where the victim’s identity is kept secret, and the details of the overall pattern of criminal activity are concealed from public view? There is no way you can escape the appearance that you are fostering this cover-up.

The most awesome power that a federal district judge exercises is the power to incarcerate someone convicted of a criminal violation. If you impose a lenient sentence, the appearance of a “fix” will be inevitable. If you impose a harsh sentence the appearance that you bent over backwards to avoid the appearance of a fix will be equally unavoidable, thereby imposing an injustice on the Defendant. There is no way you can avoid an appearance of impropriety.

The fact that the victim’s identity has been concealed, and the nature of the original criminal extortion scheme has also been concealed, do violence to the First Amendment and to the public’s right to know. No basis has been shown to shield Mr. Hastert from the disclosure of his lifetime of impropriety and apparent criminal activity. In fact, there is a likelihood that other victims exist. By concealing the nature of Hastert’s misconduct you discourage others from coming forward.

Protecting politically powerful defendants from public disclosure of their unlawful activity is not a legitimate objective of the criminal justice system or an appropriate exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Adding to the public injustice that you are aiding and abetting, it is likely that the “victim” was also engaging in criminal activity. Putting aside the Defendant’s long-ago unlawful activity, there is an overwhelming appearance that Mr. Hastert was being extorted and that he was paying hush money. Under these circumstances, the identity of the “victim” becomes much more important.

Up until now, your actions have largely been ministerial and administrative. But when you move into the sentencing phase, you will begin to exercise the broad discretion of your office.

I urge you to reconsider your role in the above matter, and to step aside so that an impartial judge may be substituted. Frankly, given Mr. Hastert’s former position, I believe the wise choice would be to request that the Seventh Circuit assign a judge from outside the State of Illinois to preside.

You worked hard to establish a legal career that convinced the U. S. Senate to confirm you as a federal judge. Why would you undermine your own career by presiding in a case where you yourself admit that your impartiality can be questioned by reasonable people?

Because there will no doubt be a delay between acceptance of the plea and imposition of a sentence I have some time to consider available remedies. I would respectfully request that you enter an appropriate order on my request so that if I decide to seek review of your action or inaction through an extraordinary writ I may do so.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

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Note: this news conference was delayed from October 25th due to Andy’s travel requirements.

October 28, 2015 [TELEPHONE] News Conference Details:

WHO:
         
Republican presidential candidate, Illinois political expert and conservative columnist Andy Martin

WHAT:
    
Andy Martin renews his request for the Hastert judge to step down

WHERE:

Telephone news conference:

Dial-in Number: 1-800-466-8543

Conference Code: 510518

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 28 – 12:00 noon. (CDT) (1:00 P. M. EDT)

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1049432/hastert-poised-plead-guilty-protect-3-5-million-secret

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:

One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Andy Martin offers a contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate

Republican Party presidential candidate and political analyst Andy Martin offers his contrarian view of why Bernie Sanders won the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Andy is probably the most experienced political commentator in America today, with fifty years of national and local political experience to help inform his opinions and analysis.
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Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin on why Bernie Sanders won the CNN presidential debate

In the Seventh of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign” Andy explains why Bernie Sanders won the CNN debate and why the pro-Clinton liberal media will distort the truth

Andy offers three reasons why Sanders was the big winner

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(New York) (October 14, 2015) Dear American:

Some of you may have watched the CNN Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate. Actually, it was livelier than I expected. This Letter from the Campaign carries a joint masthead because I will be posting this story both on my presidential blog and my ContrarianCommentary.com blogs.

Of course, the debate exposed the broad gap between the “mainstream” of today’s Democratic Party and mainstream, Main Street, America. Most of the liberal media will tell you Hillary Clinton “won the debate.” Actually, I have a contrarian view. Bernie Sanders won, hands down.

I entered national politics by going to Capitol Hill fifty years ago this year to write an esoteric thesis on the procedural rules of the U.S. Senate. Unlike most media “analysts,” who have little or no political experience, my life has blended independent activism as well as political involvement. I fight corruption, arrogance and abuse, but I almost always fight within the political process, government and the judicial system. So even though I am an “independent” conservative, “maverick” or whatever you want to call me, I know how the system works even if I have always stood apart from the system while fighting abuses within our society. That’s why I call my writing “Contrarian Commentary” and why I am a Republican candidate for president - to keep fighting to make the system work - for every American.

So why are my conclusions about who won the Democratic “debate” so different than the Beltway media? Because I take a broader, most experienced perspective.

There are three reasons why Bernie won. Two are obvious, but one is not. Let me start with my surprising conclusion first.

Bernie won the debate because of guns. Yes, guns. The two first states to “vote” in 2016 are Iowa and New Hampshire, closely followed by Nevada and South Carolina. Over the past fifty years the two parties have largely polarized; there are very few “conservative” Democrats left, and few “liberal” Republicans.

But although conservatives and liberals have realigned themselves, their cultures are not as fully separated. Many “liberal” Democrats in Iowa are still culturally conservative in many ways. Likewise, many “liberal” Democrats in New Hampshire are also culturally conservative. Quick question: are labor union members, who are classic “Democrats,” culturally liberal or conservative? Mostly conservative. And here is what the media missed Tuesday night.

There are a lot of Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada who own guns. After Tuesday night, they are all Sanders voters. By pounding Bernie on guns, Hillary accomplished two goals for Bernie (which even he may not realize since my views are contrarian). First, Hillary confirmed that Bernie is a candidate that can be trusted on guns. Second, Hillary showed Bernie to be a “politician,” and thus someone who is reasonable and can be trusted.

Bernie said he voted for guns because he is from a “rural state.” Of course, more people in rural areas and small towns own guns. Where do you find rural areas (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada)? Democrats in those states who support guns, while espousing liberal policies, can safely vote for Bernie because he pays attention to the specific needs of his state (he’s a politician!) and because he recognizes cultural differences between big cities and small towns.

Very few potential Sanders voters (see my next two points) will abandon him because of his voting record on guns. But now everyone knows Bernie is capable of representing his “rural” constituents and supporting their contrarian views on gun ownership. A very big plus for Sanders. (Ironically, although Jim Webb is really the cultural conservative in the race, his performance was so weak he won’t benefit from the gun issue.)

The second reason Sanders won is because the debate proved beyond doubt that he is driving the national agenda in the Democratic Party and Clinton can’t be trusted to take decisive action. One of the critical exchanges of the debate, which will probably be overlooked by liberal commentators, is when Governor O’Malley and Sanders double-teamed Clinton on breaking up the big banks. Clinton’s response? The same old Clinton. She has a five-point (or some “point”) “plan.” In other words, mush.  When push came to shove, Clinton was “all hat and no cattle" on the need for genuine reform. She would moan about Wall Street but she wouldn’t break up the big banks. (Ironically, a lot of Republicans also agree with Sanders on the irresponsible power of big banks and Wall Street.)

Sanders supporters will pick up on the fact that Clinton is all style and no substance when it comes to taking serious stands on the issues.

Just as Trump is transforming the Republican party (I have an exciting column/analysis in the works!) Sanders, for better or for worse, is transforming the Democrats. Prediction: even after someone wins the nomination (still probably Clinton) Sanders will not withdraw as a candidate. He will stay in the race to launch a platform fight at the national convention and to take his views to the floor of the National Convention. If Hillary thinks “winning” the nomination is the end of Bernie, she is badly mistaken. Bernie is in the driver’s seat. Not her.

Finally, the third reason why Sanders was a big winner at the debate was that more than for anyone else, the debate elevated him to parity with Clinton as a candidate. After the debate, Bernie went on Chris Matthews’ show. Bernie said “five months ago you would have called me a ‘fringe candidate.’” Of course he was right. But the debate elevated Sanders to Clinton’s level.

When she shook his hand in a spontaneous act of appreciation for his support for her on the “email issue,” Clinton sealed the pact that they are equals. By elevating Bernie to her level, her handshake and the overall debate have elevated Sanders to equal status.

You may disagree with me; I respect disagreement. But I think Sanders won a whole lot more than he lost Tuesday night. He has now “rolled up” every gun owner in the Democratic Party, of which there are still many. He showed that while he is true to his agenda, Clinton will not commit to real reform, such as by breaking up the Wall Street banks, because she and her husband are still tethered to Wall Street and the “economic royalists” in the Democratic Party who support their extravagant lifestyle. And Sanders’ (misplaced) gallantry in defending Clinton on the email scandal elevated him to equal status with her in the Party.

Bernie Sanders is not going away, he is not going to end his campaign if she wins a majority of the delegates, and he and his supporters will be a major force at the Democratic National Convention. Bernie’s just begun to fight.

[To ensure no one is confused, just because I write favorably about Sanders does not mean I agree with him. When I write as a Republican, I am a Republican. When I write as an analyst and media critic, I try to be neutral and impartial.]

In closing, I have made clear that while I am a candidate, I don’t expect to win the nomination. But I still intend to influence the presidential race and I have a track record of doing so. In three of the last four presidential elections my independent conservative activism was a significant factor, especially 2000 and 2008. Stay tuned.

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:

One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Chicago news conference - “Fighting Illini” presidential candidate Andy Martin supports University of Illinois football team

National corruption fighter and “Fighting Illini” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Wednesday, September 2nd to announce his support for the University of Illinois football team and its players. “The U of I football program is going through a difficult patch,” Andy says. “And it is at times such as these that those of us who are committed to being ‘Illini for Life’ must stand up and be counted in support of the team and the players. I have no role and want no role in the investigation and attendant controversy. That is for others to resolve. But I was a tiny mustard seed of a participant in the football program at one of the greatest moments in Fighting Illini history; the lessons learned stayed with me to provide wisdom and insight during my life. I hope that everyone who has ever worn an Illinois football jersey will stand up and be counted in support of the team. The young men who are in the program today need our unhesitating and unconditional support. They need the benefit of our wisdom, judgment and most of all our continuity. I am very proud to extend that encouragement as we begin a new season under challenging conditions. This month and next I will be taking some time off from my political activity to show my support for the current generation of ‘Men of Illinois.’ I know my surviving coaches will be delighted to see that the years have not dimmed my Fighting Illini spirit or my willingness to stand up and be counted. Go Illini.”
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Announcement of Chicago news conference Wednesday September 2nd

“Fighting Illini” Andy Martin supports the University of Illinois football team and its players

Andy offers his “unhesitating and unconditional support” as the team faces a change in leadership

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(Chicago) (September 2, 2015) Andy Martin, probably the only Edmund J. James Scholar at the University of Illinois to participate in the Illinois football program, will hold a Chicago news conference Wednesday, September 2nd to express his “unhesitating and unconditional” support for the University of Illinois football team and its players.

“The University of Illinois is mired in a challenging situation involving its football team,” Andy says. (link below) “I don’t know anything more about the matter than what I read in the emails I receive from the AD. Unlike the Phyllis Wise university scandal, where I took the lead in fighting against Wise’s misconduct, I have no intention of taking any role in the football investigation. The situation seems to be well in hand. I do, however, want to express my unconditional and unhesitating support for the football team and its players, and my willingness to help and encourage the players in any way possible.

“I joined the football program at a time when it was led by young men who would go on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. My own talents were considerably more modest. But my coaches recognized in me the ‘Fighting Illini’ spirit and with their encouragement and affection I took away much more from the program than I will ever be able to repay. That is why I am proud to be an ‘Illini for Life.’

“My first year at Illinois the team won the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl. It was an experience I will never forget. I also injured my shoulder. My roommate and I were an odd couple. He was an African-American from Centralia, a third-year player. I came to Illinois with a New England background. But even though he didn’t get to play much on the championship team, which was overloaded with potential All-Americans, he was a leader and through him I had a ringside seat as we swept to victory.

“Retired coach Ray Eliot would meet the new freshman and impress upon us that we were the ‘Men of Illinois.’ How could anyone forget? Coach Pete Elliott was one of the greatest recruiters and managers I have ever seen. My freshman coaches were a diverse bunch.

“Over the decades, Illinois football has had its ups and downs. But I have remained loyal, and will be there again next month at Memorial Stadium to cheer on the team. I encourage every Fighting Illini supporter to do the same. Now is when we are needed. Decades later, we are still the ‘Men of Illinois.’”

September 2 Chicago news conference details:

Who:

National and Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin

What:

Andy Martin says he supports the University of Illinois football program and its players

Where:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

When:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015; 4:00 P.M.

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://www.fightingillini.com/news/2015/8/28/Football_0828155855.aspx

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/13533196/tim-beckman-fired-coach-illinois-fighting-illini

New citations after emailing:

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:

One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.boycottabc.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Corruption fighter Andy Martin triggers avalanche of opposition to University of Illinois payoffs to Phyllis Wise

When National corruption fighter Andy Martin advised the University of Illinois Board of Trustees he was preparing to file suit to block payments to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise, he was alone in doing so. Within hours after Andy held a Chicago news conference to announce his litigation plans, an avalanche of people, including Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, joined Andy in asking the Trustees not to approve a payment to Wise. Andy is continuing with his plans to sue if the Trustees issue an approval on Wednesday. “Everyone was sitting on the sidelines until I acted as the ‘dam buster’ and announced my plans to sue the University if Trustees surrendered to a corrupt employee. In the wake of my news conference there has been an avalanche of protests. My plan to go to the legislature if the Trustees thumb their nose at Illinois taxpayers, should not be considered an idle threat. I am leading the way for a rebirth of public integrity in Illinois and across the nation.”
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Corruption fighter Andy Martin’s campaign to block cash payments and other benefits to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise triggered an avalanche of protests supporting Andy’s view that Wise was not owed any money or benefits after she betrayed her fiduciary duties to the University of Illinois

If Trustees disregard opposition to the Wise payola, Andy predicts the legislature will retaliate by eliminating any taxpayer support for the University

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(Chicago) (August 11, 2015) When national corruption fighter Andy Martin advised the University of Illinois Board of Trustees that he was preparing to file suit to block payments and retirement benefits to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise Andy was alone in doing so. Within hours after Andy held a Chicago news conference to announce his litigation plans, an avalanche of people, including Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, joined Andy in asking the Trustees not to approve a payment to Wise. Andy is continuing with his plans to sue if the Trustees issue any approval on Wednesday. “Everyone was sitting on the sidelines until I acted as the ‘dam buster’ and announced my plans to sue the University if Trustees surrendered to a corrupt employee,” Andy says. “In the wake of my news conference there has been an avalanche of protests. My plan to go to the legislature if the Trustees thumb their nose at Illinois taxpayers should not be considered an idle threat. University funding will almost certainly be reduced or eliminated if Trustees ignore their own fiduciary duties to act on behalf the taxpayers and stakeholders. My efforts are helping to lead the way for a rebirth of public integrity in Illinois and across the nation.”


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ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.boycottabc.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chicago news conference-Senator mark Kirk financial scandal - Corruption fighter Andy Martin offers to help Illinois Republicans

National corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Wednesday, August 12th to announce he has offered to challenge Senator Mark Kirk if Illinois conservatives can raise a campaign fund to defray the cost of getting Andy’s name on the primary ballot. Andy was already in Chicago standing by for the latest Kirk financial scandal to appear in the media (link below). Kirk has been accused of violating federal campaign finance laws and could be fined or prosecuted and go to jail. “Because I have already run against Kirk, and I have a track record of exposing his lies and telling the truth, I can mount an effective opposition where a rookie opponent cannot,” Andy says. “I am not anxious to run, as my letter explains, but I sincerely believe it would be an insult to the People of Illinois for Republicans to support and renominate Kirk for reelection. Hint: it is only going to get worse for him and, therefore, worse for the Illinois Republican Party. I am very proud that my lifetime of energy and continuing efforts to fight corruption are helping lead the way for a rebirth of public integrity in Illinois and across the nation.”

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Announcement of Chicago news conference Wednesday August 12th

Andy Martin responds to the latest financial fraud by Senator Mark Kirk, offers to challenge Kirk in the primary

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(Chicago) (August 12, 2015) Andy Martin’s letter to Illinois Republicans offering to challenge Mark Kirk follows:

August 12, 2015

Dear Illinois Republican/conservative:

I am writing to you about the continuing scandals involving U. S. Senator Mark Kirk. Kirk’s latest financial shenanigans are major news today. But Kirk has had shady dealings his entire life.

I left Illinois five years ago to live in New Hampshire. But at the time I promised Illinoisans I would not abandon my anti-corruption efforts and we continue to do our best to beat back the relentless flood tide of corruption and political perfidiousness in this state.

Later this week I will be in Washington, DC for a three-day series of events in which I announce my national plans. You will be receiving updates for all of the events and if you happen to be in the DC area, by all means stop by.

Two days ago I announced my efforts to block corruption at the University of Illinois. In my news release at the time I stated I was in Chicago for “another corruption investigation.” Now you know what it was/is: the Mark Kirk campaign finance and criminal fraud imbroglio. I was tipped off in advance. (See link below in Links section.)

Let me get to the point. Because of my national plans and national base in New Hampshire, I have no plans to run against Kirk in the 2016 primary. But, because of a quirk in the U. S. Constitution, I do not need to be a citizen of Illinois to challenge Kirk in the primary (I need to be a citizen of the state if I am actually elected to office). So I could run against him as part of my national anti-corruption campaign.

To date, Illinois conservatives have not taken any serious steps to challenge Kirk. However, if any one or some of you want to organize and raise a campaign fund of $25,000 to cover the costs of ballot access in the primary, I will accept the call and come back to file against Kirk in the primary.

A U. S. Senate candidate can’t be a rookie. Senate candidates need extensive national and international experience, as well as prior statewide campaign experience. At present, there is no experienced opposition to Kirk, which is why I am making this offer. Joe Walsh, for example, has dithered for months as to whether he might, or might not, run against Kirk. If someone is seriously going to file against Kirk in the primary, they need to start running now, or as soon as a ballot access campaign fund can be raised in my case.

My preference would be for someone who is both experienced and based in Illinois to tackle Kirk. But if no one is willing to step forward to present the case against Kirk, if any of you want to collect the funds necessary to get my name on the ballot I will take on that campaign as part of my overall national operation.

Here is why Kirk must be challenged:

1. Kirk obtained his office by fraud

In 2009-2010 I explained how Kirk was lying about his military background. I also exposed the media cover-up. Kirk told the media about imaginary battles where he had come under attack (all delusional, and all before his stroke). My original web site is still available, and the Pentagon letter is still posted there (see www.MarkKirk.us and scroll down). On the web site I accused Kirk of inflating his military record and documented my charge with a Navy document. What happened? A media covr-up of Kirk’s lies?

While the media lied to you before the primary, the truth emerged after the primary: Kirk was a military fraud who claimed imaginary roles, nonexistent positions and faux military awards. Kirk was a Walter Mitty “warrior.” The media had lied to the people of Illinois; I had told the truth. (Surprise.) If the truth had come out before the primary, there is a serious doubt whether Republicans would have nominated a military fraud as their candidate.

2. Kirk is not physically able to serve as a senator

Kirk is disabled. There is no shame in being ill or growing old. It happens to every last one of us. But being a senator is a physically demanding job. The job of a senator is also mentally demanding. Kirk cannot even speak properly at committee hearings. He has become a mannequin for his staff members to manipulate. As for his apparently former Cameroonian man-servant (see Tribune story), what can I say (see link below)? Even in the choice of a personal attendant Kirk showed manifest bad judgment; he chose a career criminal.

Kirk can’t walk and he can’t talk. That is the truth. Kirk’s “recovery” has probably reached its maximum. I am sorry for his illness but I do not need to apologize for raising the obvious fact Kirk can’t care for himself (see Tribune story link below about the Cameroonian man-servant and swindler). Kirk is a growing embarrassment in Washington and he will now come under more intensive criminal investigation.

3. Kirk is still lying about his military record

After Kirk was elected he probably thought his military fraud was “laundered” by the 2010 election and his earlier lies would be forgotten. With Kirk, lying about himself approaches a psychological illness completely apart from his physical ailments. Soon after being elected, Kirk started inflating and exaggerating his military credentials again. I am keeping a file of Kirk’s latest military lies.

4. With all due respect, Governor Rauner is wrong

Governor Rauner is supporting Kirk for reelection. Governor Rauner is wrong. As you are probably aware, I would not be afraid to stand up to Rauner, but I am not going to pick a fight with him gratuitously either. But Rauner is dead wrong. Kirk will be a massive burden for the entire ticket. Seeing Republicans run a disabled man as their best choice is going to make the entire Republican Party look weak and disabled.

Kirk’s latest financial shenanigans, using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, have landed many politicians in jail. He has now been exposed (link below) and the latest disclosures put an end to his prospects. Why run a “dead man walking” in a live campaign? It makes no sense. I know how Mayor Daley “the First” would have resolved the Kirk problem; I know how Rauner should resolve the matter. But running Kirk for reelection is suicidal.

5. Bottom line

There you have it. If you can find a better candidate, by all mean please do. I am not anxious to be distracted. But I also feel a sense of loyalty to Republicans, and to the People of Illinois; Kirk should not be renominated by default. You deserve better than a severely mismanaged and seriously misdirected Republican Party leadership. If someone wants to raise $25,000 in advance as a ballot access fund, I will get the petitions printed and stand in line to file them. If not, I love all of you and love this state and love my University of Illinois and will be happy with whatever you decide or don’t decide. If you need me or need my assistance, I will not abandon you and will do what I can to help. If not, have at it.

Best wishes from New Hampshire (Now that the Kirk story is out I leave for NH his afternoon.) Go Granite! for the New Hampshire primary in 2016.

Can we still say “love and kisses,” or will that offend Megyn Kelly?

Andy

August 12 Chicago news conference details:

Who:

National and Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin

What:

Andy Martin says he will challenge Mark Kirk in the Republican primary if conservatives collect a $25,000 ballot access expenses find in advance

Where:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)

When:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015; 2:00 P.M.

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT ANDY MARTIN:

One author has called Andy Martin the “big kahuna” of the anti-[Barack] Obama movement. Another said “Andy Martin is revolutionizing journalism… [Andy] brings to online journalism what Rush Limbaugh [brings] to radio or Michael Moore to film: sleek little stories that fit into larger political narratives…” Another says, “The only American journalists that are ‘standing UP’ [to Obama] are, Andy Martin…”

ANDY MARTIN - A BRIEF BIO:

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-seven years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.boycottabc.com/executive_director.htm

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.

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