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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHICAGO NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin says Rauner/McKinney conflict is legitimate debate


  
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Attention Chicago, National daybook/assignment editors

Announcement of Chicago news conference Tuesday afternoon

Purported “journalist” Rich Miller censors effort to defend Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner

Andy Martin says the Chicago Sun-Times is not blameless in the “McKinney incident”

Andy says Rich Miller should not be considered a legitimate journalist but rather a stooge of the Illinois Democratic Party

(CHICAGO, IL) (October 22, 2014)  “Monday morning I attempted to post a comment on the capitolfax.com web site raising questions about the “McKinney incident” Andy says. “I am clearly not a supporter of Bruce Rauner and I have never been a critic of Dave McKinney. I bear neither man any personal animus.

“My comment was innocuous. Here it is in its entirety:

I am certainly no fan of Bruce Rauner but it seems to me the McKinney story is more serious than it appears on first blush. The claim that Dave McKinney’s wife is not doing consulting in Illinois but that her firm is advising clients in Illinois is legally a distinction without a difference. It was not until I saw your story that I realized how big the amount of McKinney-related fees was. Maybe I have now graduated to the status of “old fashioned” but, if asked, I would have suggested the Sun-times disclose the potential conflict and avoid the controversy. The fact that Quinn may have been polling on the story before it was published also raises the question of whether there was a leak.

Illinois politics has long been tainted by family-related conflicts of interest. The fact that Dick Durbin’s wife is a Washington lobbyist has always raised legitimate questions in my mind. Durbin also denies any conflict. Bruce had a right to fight back on this one. There is an “appearance’ of a conflict that can leave a reasonable person uncomfortable. Because Rauner’s campaign team is inexperienced he has not handled the defense as well as he should have.

“Rich Miller removed my comment in an obvious attempt to skew his web site against Rauner. Mr. Miller has every right to censor his web site to present a pro-Democratic Party point of view. He does not have the right to masquerade as an impartial and professional journalist while acting as a hit man for Illinois Democrats.

“The issue of ‘conflicts’ posed by the modern age, in which people in the media, politics and public relations intermarry, is a subject worthy of serious consideration and debate. On the facts of Mr. Rauner’s incident I thought Bruce had a reasonable proposition to present. Rich Miller was obviously trying to act like a hick politician instead of a respectable journalist.

“The standard we use in the law is ‘what would a reasonable person think of the facts?’

“The recent appearance of ‘lobbyist’ spouses in Washington, such as Mrs. Dick Durbin, adds to the public belief that wives now serve as ‘bagmen’ for politicians and that ‘Washington’ always finds a way around any ethical restrictions which are adopted. The ‘McKinney incident’ feeds into the same narrative. The Sun-Times has every right to defend their employee, even if the undisputed facts fly in the face of the ‘reasonable person’ standard of behavior.

“I believe a reasonable person would believe that Dave McKinney, because of the huge amount of work his wife’s firm was doing in the current election, had an actual conflict of interest. McKinney’s wife has to benefit from the $600,000 or whatever amount her firm has billed. To pretend that in a small, closely-owned company a $600,000 account would not create some sort of benefit for even a partner supposedly ‘walled-off’ from working on the account is an insult to the intelligence.

“Mr. Miller has his stable of sycophants who he allows to post the most inane remarks on a daily basis. He is obviously not interested in reasonably impartial analysis of a serious situation. Particularly because I am not a supporter of Mr. Rauner, my belief that Rauner’s complaints had arguable merit was entitled to be presented along with Miller’ sycophants’ comments.

“People should be aware Miller is not a journalist; he has the same kind of conflict that Bruce Rauner raised in relation to Dave McKinney,” Andy says.

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October 21 News Conference Details:

WHO:
         
Andy Martin

WHAT:
    
Andy Martin charges capitolfax.com with censoring Republicans, acting as a campaign mouthpiece for Illinois Democrats

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 22, 2014 2:45 P.M.

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

http://capitolfax.com/2014/10/18/rauner-campaign-responds-to-firestorm-over-sun-times-reporters-sidelining/

http://capitolfax.com/2014/10/18/another-nail-in-the-sun-times-coffin/

http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/30539505-474/election-coverage-fearless-and-fair.html#.VEXzWSv17T4

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2014/10/19/republicans-crow-questions-swirl-surrounding-sun-times-rauner-endorsem

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Andy 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. Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester 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 has forty-five years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film "Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on New Hampshire, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world. For more, go to: www.AndyMartin.com

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

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).

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Andy Martin holds Chicago news conference Friday, September 19th to state Mark Kirk is unfit for reelection


Independent Republican Party activist Andy Martin and his new political action team, Coalition for America, will hold a Chicago news conference Friday, September 19th detailing why Mark Kirk is unfit for reelection. Andy catalogs all of Kirk’s current false claims and continuing efforts at stolen valor even after Kirk was exposed as a military fraud in 2010. Andy also demands that Kirk disclose all of the alias’ he has used in addition to “Hillel Underwood” and where he has used them. Andy also questions whether a reputed closeted gay male can be elected in light of the changed social climate and acceptance of same-sex marriage. Andy says Mark Kirk is not electable in 2016 and was only elected in 2010 because Democrats nominated a mobbed-up “banker” with Crime Syndicate links as their candidate.

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Andy Martin, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Law
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Announcement of Chicago news conference Tuesday

Attention national and Chicago daybook/assignment editors

Andy Martin calls on Mark Kirk to stop seeking reelection in 2016

Andy says that even after Kirk’s 2010 military scandals Kirk continues to lie on his U. S. Senate web page and lie to Chicago media about the details of his military service

Andy says Kirk’s entire public career has been “a series of lies”

(CHICAGO) (September 19, 2014) Independent Republican activist Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Friday, September 19th, to document why Senator Mark Kirk is unfit for reelection and should not be fundraising using Michelle Obama’s name.

“Mark Kirk is a disgrace to the Republican Party,” Andy charges. “I have written to Senator Kirk and asked him to step down when his current term expires. All of the claims I make in the letter, which follows below, are documented by a series of links at the bottom of this article. Even after his 2010 scandals, Kirk continues to lie on his senate web page that he has “deployed” on active duty service when DOD regulations (links below) prohibit such a false claim.

“The accusations by gay activist Mike Rogers that Kirk is a closeted homosexual are still on Rogers’ web page.

“All in all Kirk’s entire public life has been a total and complete fraud and he should step down so that the party can begin to choose a replacement.”

Letter to Kirk (without Coalition for America letterhead):

September 19, 2014

Senator Mark Kirk
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Kirk:

“There you go again!”

I find that you are again blatantly misrepresenting and inflating your military record. In addition, there are personal issues that make it obscene for you to be fundraising for reelection using the name of Michelle Obama. For the good of the Republican Party you should announce that you are not running for reelection so that the party can begin the selection process for your replacement now.

1. Misrepresenting your military record

I began investigating your false military record in 2009, see letter posted at www.MarkKirk.us. Later you went on to describe for Chicago media imaginary battles in Afghanistan in which you participated. I documented your fraudulent activity during January, 2010 but the local media preferred to engage in a cover-up until the Chicago cover-up was exposed by the Washington Post in June, 2010. The Washington Monthly stopped at a running total of nine (9) military lies by you in 2010, see  http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_06/024259.php

There is an extensive paper trail, starting with my post at www.MarkKirk.us detailing that you never “deployed” to Afghanistan and your activity as a military person was circumscribed by DOD regulations placing you in the inactive reserve, see: http://capitolfax.com/32790881-Mark-Kirk-Waiver.pdf

Despite the fact that you have repeatedly been exposed for stolen valor you continue to publish, today, in 2014, the false claim that you “deployed” to Afghanistan on your senate web page: http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_kit and to make the same false clam to Chicago media:  http://www.suntimes.com/7501538-417/kirk-stop-aid-to-pakistan.html#.VBv5vSuHiME

After being caught lying to the Chicago Sun-Times before the 2010 election, even after the election scandal you continued to lie to that newspaper and the Sun-Times continues to falsely report that you were “deployed” to Afghanistan: http://www.suntimes.com/7501538-417/kirk-stop-aid-to-pakistan.html#.VBv5vSuHiME

In short, you have utter contempt for the truth, utter contempt for stolen valor and very possibly a serious psychological and/or psychiatric difficulty that makes you a compulsive liar.

You were elected in 2010 because the Democrats chose to run a Mobbed-up, Crime Syndicate-linked “banker” as your opponent. I seriously doubt you will be so lucky next time. Trying to fund raise off the possible candidacy of Michelle Obama is thus gross and obscene.

2. Your use of false names and alias’

You registered at a hospital under a false name (Hillel Underwood). That may be a violation of federal law. Although you tried to claim that a Senate employee encouraged you to do so, a search of senate records and rules provides no justification for the claim that the Senate’s employees encourage false hospital registrations or the use of alias’ in medical or any other matters. I would ask that you disclose all of the alias’ you have used and where you have used them since 2000.

3. The allegations of your homosexuality continue in a changed climate for gay acceptance

To be clear at the outset, I have never accused you of homosexual behavior and I do not do so at this time. In 2009-2010 I merely pointed to allegations of your homosexual activity posted by your Lake County neighbors, the late Col. Ray True and the late Jack Roeser. I have no personal knowledge of your homosexual status vel non.

I was attacked by the completely mendacious Chicago media for truthfully drawing attention to public postings accusing you of being homosexual.

Subsequently, a gay activist posted a detailed exposition of your status as a homosexual, based on his personal knowledge and investigation and based on meeting you personally, see http://www.blogactive.com/?p=1567

Once again, I merely draw attention to what is posted on the Internet. When you voted against repeal of DADT the gay community attacked you for hypocrisy, which was also the basis for Mike Rogers’ outing. My guess is that if you continue to remain closeted, you will again be attacked for the fact of being closeted.

Since 2010 there has been a sea change in how Americans view homosexuality. In neighboring Wisconsin, an openly lesbian senator has been elected as your colleague. Same-sex marriage has gained widespread acceptance. In other words, society has generally moved from a gays-as-closeted attitude to an open acceptance of homosexuals in public life.

There is strong opposition within the politically active gay community to closeted males who deny their sexuality. While the matter has yet to be tested in 2016, if you run for reelection I am relatively certain you will face opposition from gay activists for remaining closeted in the current environment of acceptance.

All in all your pretensions to reelection are an embarrassment to the Republican Party. Instead of acting as a faux candidate and seeking to raise cash off Michelle Obama, why not do the right thing and retire at the end of your term so the party may begin a search for your replacement now.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

AM:sp

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September 19, 2014 Chicago news conference details:

WHO:     

Independent Republican Party activist Andy Martin

WHAT:    

Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is unfit for reelection and unelectable

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:30 A.M.

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

[1] DOD directives and list of lies


http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_06/024259.php

[2] False claim on Senate web page


[2] Alias in medical care


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-08/news/ct-met-politicians-health-0608-20120708_1_eric-elk-kirk-medical-privacy

[4] Continuing false claims of deployment


[5] Mark Kirk closeted gay

http://www.blogactive.com/?p=1567

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Chicago news conference Tuesday: Andy Martin condemns Obama for sending 3000 American military personnel to fight Ebola


Contrarian Commentary editor Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Tuesday evening to condemn President Barack Obama for sending thousands of U. S. military and civilian personnel to Africa to be exposed to the Ebola virus. “We can’t even contain a children’s’ viral outbreak in the Midwest,” Andy says, “and we are going to rescue Africa from Ebola? I hate to sound a dissenting note but Obama’s plan to use the American military as guinea pigs in the battle against Ebola is absolute insanity. The US can and should offer measured help. But exposing thousands of Americans to Ebola is not a rational response to Africa's failure to take care of its own people.”
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Attention national and Chicago daybook/assignment editors

Andy Martin slams President Barack Obama for sending thousands of U.S. military and civilian personnel to Africa to fight Ebola

Andy says it is inevitable that Americans will be exposed to Ebola on a massive scale, and that a domestic Ebola crisis could be triggered by Obama’s illogical scheme here at home

Andy says Obama is using US troops as guinea pigs by unnecessarily exposing them to the lethal Ebola virus

(CHICAGO) (September 16, 2014) Contrarian Commentary editor Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Tuesday evening, September 16th, to condemn President Barack Obama’s plan to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Africa to fight the Ebola virus. “Obama is using our solders and civilian personnel as guinea pigs,” Andy charges. “No western nation has ever willingly placed thousands of its citizens in harm’s way of a killer virus. In the Midwest, authorities currently have been unable to contain a children’s’ virus and the contagion is spreading to other states.

“How are we going to save several African countries from their own mismanagement of public health resources? When does Africa assume responsibility for itself? Obama’s plan is utter insanity.

“To date the US has avoided infection with Ebola at home because of the small number of volunteer Americans who are fighting the disease overseas. But even with just three or four cases, a massive mobilization was necessary to evacuate Americans who became infected. If Obama exposes thousands (and then more thousands through rotation) of our military and civilian employees to this killer virus how can we avoid massive exposure to Ebola? What if something goes wrong and we suddenly have 100 Ebola patients, or more?

“Some people have criticized China for being silent. China, of course, is notorious for abysmal public health management. But China is seeking to exploit Africa’s mineral resources and also seeking to take a leading role in managing African economic development. Why isn’t China sending thousands of its own citizens to be exposed to Ebola?

“Obama has been widely praised by public health activists for his plan to expose the American military to Ebola infection. But we elected a president to protect the national security of the United States, not to be a do-gooder and expose our nation to a potential Ebola epidemic here at home. Obama should be erring on the side of caution but instead he is throwing caution to the winds.

“Is Obama deliberately trying to spread the Ebola epidemic to the United states? Obama’s behavior is dangerous, high risk, unnecessary and potentially devastating to our troops and ordinary American citizens.

“By all means let’s send medical aid and supplies to Africa. I support that effort. But let us use volunteer agencies to distribute and manage the aid, not soldiers. When did our volunteer Army volunteer to be exposed to a lethal viral epidemic? Obama’s action could jeopardize military enlistments.

“Thirty years ago during the early stages of the AIDS epidemic I was friendly with someone who became an AIDS patient. Later I visited my friend in the hospital. No one really knew how the virus was transmitted. But when I saw the red quarantine sign on the door I knew I was voluntarily exposing myself to something partially unknown. My friend and I knew each other through Episcopal Church theology school. I said a prayer and took the chance. I made a choice to take the risk.

“But no one is asking our military to volunteer for the Ebola expedition. They are being ordered into harm’s way. Obama is misusing the military. Obama is dispatching troops to Africa at a time when he is firing tens of thousands of experienced officers and enlisted men and shrinking the Army to pre-World War II size. Is this another phase of his scheme to disarm America? How can we say we don’t have enough military for military missions but we have enough military for Ebola missions?

“Will no one stop Obama from endangering America?” Andy demands.

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September 16, 2014 Chicago news conference details:

WHO:     

Contrarian Commentary editor Andy Martin

WHAT:    

Andy Martin condemns President Obama’s proposal to use thousands of U. S. military troops in Africa to fight Ebola

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

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


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/world/africa/obama-to-announce-expanded-effort-against-ebola.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Tuesday to criticize Senator Rob Portman for not supporting Jim Oberweis


Independent Republican Party activist Andy Martin launches a new political action team, Coalition for America, with a Chicago news conference questioning why Senate Republicans in Washington are not conducting a “50-state strategy” to take control of the senate. Andy criticizes Senator Rob Portman for appearing disconnected about Jim Oberweis’ Illinois U. S. Senate campaign.
Coalition for America
The Independent Republican Party Political Action Team
New York - Chicago - Washington - Palm Beach - Manchester, NH
San Francisco - Honolulu



National correspondence:
Andy Martin, J.D.,
Executive Director
Post Office Box 1851
New York, NY 10150-1851
Tel. (866) 706-2639
Fax (866) 214-3210
CHICAGO: (312) 440-4124

Andy Martin, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Law
Executive Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Announcement of Chicago news conference Tuesday

Attention national and Chicago daybook/assignment editors

Andy Martin slams Senator Rob Portman for undermining Jim Oberweis’ U. S. Senate campaign

Andy says that due to the conflicting polls, “Washington Republicans” should not write off the Illinois senate race

Andy says Jim Oberweis deserves support from national as well as Illinois Republicans

(CHICAGO) (September 16, 2014) Independent Republican activist Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Tuesday, September 16th, to demand that Senator Rob Portman apologize for minimizing Jim Oberweis’ U. S. Senate campaign.

“In a recent interview Senator Portman appeared lackadaisical and disconnected from the senate races, which only number 33 nationally,” Andy charges. “If he can’t be more focused, why is he acting as vice chairman of a ‘Campaign Committee?’

“I explain my concerns about Senator Portman’s conduct in my letter to him, which follows. The Chicago Tribune has published a poll showing Senator Dick Durbin ahead. Other polls have shown Jim Oberweis within 7 points of Durbin. It is precisely because of the ‘fog of politics’ that Senator Portman should not be undermining Jim Oberweis’ campaign and should be applying a 50-state strategy to taking control of the U. S. Senate.

“My independent Republican team will be working to elect Republicans everywhere across the USA.”

Text of Andy Martin’s letter to Senator Rob Portman (without masthead):

September 13, 2014

Hon. Rob Portman
United States Senator
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Portman:

I am writing to criticize your comments to the media in your capacity as a member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee concerning the Illinois U. S. Senate race.

The Coalition for America is an independent Republican Party political action team that grew out of efforts (Romney’s Rangers) to support Mitt Romney when he ran for president two years ago.

As the individual who first warned about the dangers that then-state senator Barack Obama posed for America in 2004, long before the Republican Party capitulated to Obama in 2008, I have a long track record of making accurate political prognostications and standing up for public integrity.

In my opinion the Republican Party’s platform should consist of six words: Public Integrity; National Security; Economic Prosperity. The rest is surplusage. Jim Oberweis supports a safe and strong America and a strong economy.

Your refusal to support Oberweis and your apparent lack of familiarity about one of only a handful of U. S. Senate races (1/3 of the senate is up every two years) is disturbing.

Illinois has been a “Blue” state due to the incompetence and corruption of the local Illinois Republican Party. Mr. Oberweis is neither. He is a successful businessman and so far as I am aware he built his business honestly. No candidate is perfect and I know that Mr. Oberweis is not perfect. Like all hyper-successful people he can be difficult at times. But he is running a capable campaign and he does not deserve to be thrown under the bus with a “Washington” attitude.

I am not a friend of Mr. Oberweis and he did not ask me to send this letter. I have met him during the course of political campaigns. Nevertheless, because it is always difficult to recruit good candidates in Blue states I fail to see why you are not providing at least some financial support and enthusiastic verbal support to Oberweis. By claiming you are not familiar with the race and by being negative about supporting a hard-working candidate you undermine the national Republican effort.

If the Republican Party is to rebuild and to become both an Illinois and a national force, you must of necessity pursue what Gov. Howard Dean once called the “Fifty State Strategy.” Every state counts. (Obama also pursued a 50-state approach.)

Although I now reside in New Hampshire I continue to closely follow matters both in Illinois where my anticorruption efforts continue and nationally as the CFA letterhead reflects.

I would urge you to send some money to Mr. Oberweis and to apologize for your error in judgment in undermining his campaign. Your noncommittal remarks have a corrosive impact nationally; they do not reflect that the Republican Party has learned any lessons from its past failures.

At a minimum Jim is forcing Dick Durbin to defend his seat and to direct resources to Illinois that Democrats might prefer to assign to other races. And Jim could win! It is about time Illinoisans got rid of Durbin; voters should be are tried of him. Illinois is a mess and Durbin is a contributing factor.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

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September 16, 2014 Chicago news conference details:

WHO:     

Independent Republican Party activist Andy Martin criticizes Senator Rob Portman for making light of Jim Oberweis’ U. S. Senate Campaign

WHAT:    

Andy Martin says Senator Rob Portman is being unfair to Illinois Republicans who want to defeat Senator Dick Durbin

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 P.M.

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




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin begins an advertising campaign backing Market Basket employees


Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Tuesday, July 22nd news conference in Manchester, NH to announce he is beginning a statewide advertising campaign backing Market Basket employees in their conflict with a rapacious new management team. “I am putting my campaign solidly behind Market Basket employees that are fighting to protect their jobs, their paychecks, their benefits and the corporate culture that has been created by Arthur T. Demoulas,” Andy says. “The new ad should be ready by news conference time, and it will begin airing Wednesday morning across New Hampshire. Corporate greed and executive greed, of the type Scott Brown supports, is destroying America. I am a conservative who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working families. The Market Basket conflagration is a defining moment for New Hampshire and for America. Will conservatives stand for rebuilding the American economy so that everyone shares in the fruits of their labors, or will conservatives surrender to greedy executives and private equity pirates as they continue to steal a bigger and bigger piece of our national economic pie? Arthur T. Demoulas and I are on the right side of history.”

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ATTENTION NATIONAL, POLITICAL, NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK & ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will announce a statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket workers

Andy calls the Market Basket battle a “defining moment for New Hampshire and for America

Andy says Market Basket workers are “fighting back against the corporate pirates that now what to destroy their jobs and are destroying our economy. Scott Brown stands for ‘private equity,’ which endorses the plunder of publicly and privately owned assets. I stand with working families that deserve a decent job with a decent paycheck and decent benefits”

“Arthur T. Demoulas and I are on the right side of history,” Andy says.


(Manchester, NH) (July 22, 2014) 

Dear Granite Stater:

Today, July 22nd, I am announcing my statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket employees. I am also announcing my full support for Market Basket employees and the restoration of Arthur T. Demoulas as chief executive of the shopping giant. If I am elected to the U. S. Senate I will support Market Basket workers and every Granite Stater that wants to work.

The Republican Party today is composed of two conflicting groups of participants. On the one hand you have the Wall Street billionaires who what to plunder the economy to satisfy their own insatiable greed. Scott Brown is a valet to these economic pirates. A vote for Scott Brown is a vote to destroy Market Basket as we know it.

On the other hand we have millions of ordinary Main Street Americans, many of them Republicans, who are struggling in the endless recession created by an economic collapse triggered by the bipartisan greed of Wall Street billionaires. Making ends meet is not easy for ordinary citizens. Private equity speculators swallow up companies and export local (New Hampshire) jobs to low-wage countries such as China. I have literally walked the highways of this state and seen the devastation created by corporate greed.

One hundred years ago, at the same time as the Demoulas family reached America, my own family came to Manchester seeking better opportunities. Like Arthur T. Demoulas, my mother’s parents, my grandparents, came from Greece and eventually opened a business. These immigrant families also brought with them their ancient Greek principles of respect for their fellow citizens and respect for the dignity of every individual.

Arthur T. Demoulas has probably accomplished something close to impossible in corporate America. He has managed Market Basket in a manner that grew the firm, maintained the highest quality standards, and provided associates with a decent standard of living, decent benefits and a decent future. That's why so many associates have stayed so long and you see familiar faces at Market Basket. Now all of that decency is under attack by Demoulas’ greedy cousins.

We can only speculate on what the “cousins” have in mind, but I can tell you I have seen this movie before. Personal greed is causing the Demoulas “cousins” to attempt to cut quality, cut salaries, cut benefits and eventually shop Market Basket to a “private equity” group of robber barons who will strip the firm of its assets and leave the corporate carcass for the courts to administer.

What exactly is “private equity?” It is the way a handful of insiders get rich on Wall Street by impoverishing the companies they purchase. Corporate equity speculators destroy the communities they serve. They take wealth owned by common shareholders (which includes pension trusts) and strip away any extra value, while leaving ordinary shareholders with virtually nothing in return.

From 2010 to 2013 Scott Brown genuflected to the private equity barons while he served in the U. S. Senate and voted to preserve their rapacious practices. Now Brown wants to go back to the senate and he has asked “private equity” thieves to bring their dollar-crooked presence “to New Hampshire" to help elect him as their servant. In May Brown even went to Las Vegas to personally grovel at their feet; he desperately asked them to finance his latest campaign. Dirty dollars started flowing into New Hampshire.

Private equity speculators destroy community economic value and enrich themselves with billions mulcted from the stock market. They want bigger mansions, bigger yachts, more power and control over Congress, more greed, and more manipulation. The public be damned.

Scott Brown served these robber barons while he served in the senate for three years. Why would you send him back? Why would any New Hampshire worker or New Hampshire voter want more of Scott Brown’s type of duplicity? (Brown was handsomely rewarded for betraying the people of Massachusetts; he received millions of dollars from Wall Street thieves and manipulators in campaign cash.)

I stand for Main Street Republicans and traditional mainstream New Hampshire conservatism.

Our economy is not recovering as it has in past recessions because corporate and executive greed is robbing ordinary citizens of their economic futures. Young families and young graduates have been particularly hard hit by Wall Street greed and the machinations of the finest Congress that dirty dollars can buy. Senior citizens also suffer.

Ironically, ordinary working class Republicans have been intimidated by the “private equity class” that really controls nominations. A vote for Scott Brown is a vote to continue present practices. Senators today are equally corrupt for taking compromised cash and for being under the thumb of Wall Street thieves.

During the last presidential campaign, how many of Mitt Romney’s employees spoke up to support Romney as an enlightened and generous owner? Exactly none. [Compare Romney’s employees with employee support for Artie T.] Romney’s employees despised him. Amazingly, Romney’s minions were looting a Freeport, Illinois firm even as he was running for president. Romney personally is a decent man. But the evil he committed as a corporate raider far exceeded the good he gave back to stranded communities.

Now Romney is endorsing Brown. We all know where that leads. More greed, more self-aggrandizement and more poverty for New Hampshire’s ordinary citizens.

Do you stand with Market Basket workers who are fighting for their jobs and their very lives, or do you stand against them? You know where I stand. Where do you stand?

Before you reply, ask yourself a simple, stupid question. Why are all of these Wall Street billionaires coming to New Hampshire to support Scott Brown? To improve your economic future, or theirs?

Please join me in fighting to save Market Basket.

Loyally,

Andy

P.S. I may be an underdog in the primary but I am the only    Republican candidate who has the experience and who is prepared to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families. It is not often a Republican candidate has a pro-worker orientation. But there are more workers in this country than there are Scott Brown-supporting billionaires. Please consider giving me your vote. Who is more qualified to fight for your values? Who is more qualified to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families? (Hint: It’s not Jeanne Shaheen or Scott Brown)

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News conference details: Manchester, NH July 22, 2014

WHO:     

New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHAT:    

Andy Martin begins statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket workers

WHERE:

Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets
           
WHEN:

Tuesday, July 22, 3:00 P.M.

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ujntsman wasd reelected in November, 2008. A few monrths later he resigned to serve
his president,” Barack Obama. SDo whyh was it so terrible that Palin resigned and Hutsman served evenless of his secondterm? Can I say “double standard” again.

What os this show us? Whetyher thessue s resigfnaitonsor religion,th emedia shamlessly create double standards tgo favr theiiberal medioa pets (fulldisclosure; I am ot aliberalmedia pet).
MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Martin (603) 518-7310; CELL (917) 664-9329 E-MAIL:  AndyNewHampshire@aol.com
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LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1042243-465/market-basket-war-over-culture-brand.html

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140721/NEWS02/140729788

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140720/NEWS02/140729927

ABOUT ANDY:

Andy is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester 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 has forty-five years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film "Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on New Hampshire, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world. For more, go to: www.AndyMartin.com

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

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).

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin supports Market Basket employees, offers to mediate DeMoulas family feud


Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Tuesday, July 22nd news conference in Manchester, NH to announce his support for Market Basket employees who are protesting the dismissal of Arthur T. DeMoulas. Andy says the Republican Party must support American workers if it is to survive in New Hampshire and nationally. Andy, a noted private mediator, is also offering to mediate the DeMoulas “family feud.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MANCHESTER, NH NEWS CONFERENCE

ATTENTION NATIONAL, POLITICAL, NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK & ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin supports Market Basket employees in DeMoulas family feud, offers to mediate crisis

Andy, whose Greek-American maternal grandparents immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire at the same time as the DeMoulas family, says that Arthur T. DeMoulas has shown how management can support workers

Andy says his principal opponent, Scott Brown, is backed by billionaire “private equity pirates” who would like to destroy Market Basket

“I’m a Market Basket shopper,” Andy says.

Andy is planning a Tuesday, July 22nd news conference

(Manchester, NH) (July 19, 2014) 

Dear Republican:

I am a solid conservative. I favor limited government, adherence to constitutional principles and a strong focus on both economic and national security.

But I feel a deep sense of kinship with New Hampshire’s workers. I am not particularly enamored of the billionaires who have taken over the Republican Party nationally. The billionaires are supporting my principal primary opponent, Scott Brown.

Right now a fascinating corporate drama is playing out in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. The Market Basket chain of food stores, which was founded a hundred years ago at the same time when my maternal Greek grandparents came to Manchester, is involved in a seemingly endless family struggle. (Small World Department: my maternal grandparents, named Vasiliou, came from the same area of Greece as the DeMoulas family, Thessaly.)

Arthur T. DeMoulas is an amazing man and an even more amazing corporate leader. He has managed to build a firm based on loyalty to and respect for employees, and he has built a company structure where workers can support a family based on a Market Basket paycheck. As a result, Market Basket stores have employees that have worked there for decades.

They are now demonstrating to protest his dismissal.

Food stores have traditionally been seen as a low-wage industry. Mr. DeMoulas has shown that an intensely competitive business can still support decent paychecks and working conditions. As Granite Staters we should be proud that a local firm comes so highly prized by its own employees.

Market Basket employees also offer all of us who shop there an outstanding shopping experience.

By comparison, the Rabb Family started Stop & Shop but later sold the firm to an international conglomerate. Market Basket competitiveness recently forced Stop & Shop to retrench in New Hampshire. A locally-owned and locally-managed firm with intense employee energy took on and beat the foreign conglomerate.

You have to make a moral choice in this primary. Will you stand with a candidate who supports New Hampshire’s working families, or will you vote for a candidate who is supported by out-of-state billionaires? Scott Brown is the champion of Wall Street greed, arrogant and corrupt investment bankers, and billionaire boosters who want low-wage scab labor from Mexico.

I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary New Hampshire working families that are struggling in our depressed economy.

If our Republican Party is only for the wealthy, it cannot continue to be either a strong New Hampshire party or a competitive national party. We don’t have to always agree on every economic detail. But when national Republicans focus exclusively on the wealthy and their bogus “job-creators,” they ignore the workers who are the backbone of our economy, our families and our society. We need to tell Market Basket workers we stand with them.

Scott Brown’s Wall Street contributors and cronies must be salivating at the prospect that the DeMoulas family quarrel might lead to a sale. The “private equity pirates” that have devastated our economy and our society would flip the company, fire the employees, and ultimately walk off richer while local communities and families end up poorer. It has happened so many times in New Hampshire.

Next week I will hold a news conference to announce my solidarity with Market Basket workers.

I am also going to send a letter to corporate headquarters and offer to mediate the family feud.

New Hampshire is not a particularly rich state. The only limousines I have ever seen in Manchester have high school seniors in them, at prom time. Ostentatious living is frowned on.

But we have something special. We have a sense of community, a sense of sharing, a sense of caring for one another. The Market Basket of today exemplifies those principles. Let’s join together to support Market Basket employees so that all of the good work Arthur T. DeMoulas has done will not be destroyed by family greed and private equity pirates. I know that’s what my grandparents would want. I hope that is what all of us who are genuine Granite Staters want.

Loyally,

Andy

P.S. I may be an underdog in the primary but I am the only Republican candidate who has the experience and who is prepared to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families. It is not often a Republican candidate has a pro-worker orientation. But there are more workers in this country than there are Scott Brown-supporting billionaires. Please consider giving me your vote. Who is more qualified to fight for your values? Who is more qualified to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families? (Hint: It’s not Jeanne Shaheen or Scott Brown)

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Tuesday news conference details: to come

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ujntsman wasd reelected in November, 2008. A few monrths later he resigned to serve
his president,” Barack Obama. SDo whyh was it so terrible that Palin resigned and Hutsman served evenless of his secondterm? Can I say “double standard” again.

What os this show us? Whetyher thessue s resigfnaitonsor religion,th emedia shamlessly create double standards tgo favr theiiberal medioa pets (fulldisclosure; I am ot aliberalmedia pet).
MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Martin (603) 518-7310; CELL (603) 866-4343 or (917) 664-9329 E-MAIL:  AndyNewHampshire@aol.com
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LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140719/NEWS02/140718987

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140717/NEWS02/140719124

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140717/NEWS02/140719098

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1042036-469/market-basket-workers-rally-in-support-of.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/07/15/allegiance-ousted-leader-market-basket-carries-risk/QCgCy4QiuueWF2zxGIciWO/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/07/14/the-saga-demoulas-market-basket/S1D7gi92dqfJYZzr9FIBCJ/story.html

ABOUT ANDY:

Andy is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester 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 has forty-five years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film "Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on New Hampshire, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world. For more, go to: www.AndyMartin.com

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

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).

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