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Friday, October 29, 2010

ANDY MARTIN: Mark Kirk is again misusing Navy uniform in a TV ad

Illinois Corruption fighter Andy Martin says Mark Kirk’s latest TV ad once again has Mark Kirk falsely claiming he was in combat wearing a flack jacket. Kirk was previously admonished by the Department of Defense for using military uniforms as costumes in his political campaigns. Kirk traveled to war zones as a congressman on a congressional junket; Kirk then tried to “double dip” by also claiming his congressional junkets as “reserve training” periods.

Corruption fighter Andy Martin says that that Mark Kirk is again misusing a military uniform in his latest TV ad

Andy exposes Kirk’s latest lies and use of military garb as a costume in his political campaign
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Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is becoming increasingly bold about resuming his lies about military service

Martin says Kirk is misusing a military uniform in Kirk’s latest campaign ad, after being warned not to use Navy gear as political props

Martin will ask Secretary of Defense Gates to block Kirk from misrepresenting his Navy service

(CHICAGO)(October 29, 2010) Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a Friday news conference in Chicago to announce he is again asking the Pentagon to prevent Mark Kirk from misusing military uniforms. In his latest TV ad Kirk falsely portrays himself as a combat veteran; Kirk’s ad has him in a flack jacket, as Kirk seeks to mislead voters by making inflated claims about his Navy service.

“Kirk was told to stop using Navy uniforms as costumes for his campaign,” Martin says, “And he is ignoring that order. In his latest ad Kirk appears in a flack jacket, when Kirk was not on active duty in any war zone. Kirk went to war zones as a congressman on a junket, not as a combat warrior. Mark Kirk has mental problems with his endless pathological lying abut being someone who (Kirk falsely claims) told Chuck Sweeny of the Rockford Register-Star that he ‘fought in two wars.’

“Kirk seems to think he can ‘take ownership’ of his lies and by confessing to a crime simply erase his unlawful activity. That is simply not the case. You can’t work at a bank for 20 years, for example, and embezzle money, and then claim you worked at the bank for 20 years and have ‘banking expertise.’ Kirk’s persistent abuses and fraudulent military claims have nullified his service. Why are veterans’ organizations and the American Legion allowing this scam artist to continue misusing military insignia?

“Navy officers are proud men and women. They should be disgusted with Kirk’s misuse of the uniform.

Martin is asking the Secretary of Defense to block Kirk’s latest lies.

Martin originally exposed Kirk as a military imposter in January of this year, see

October 29th news conference details:


Internet Powerhouse and Illinois anti-corruption crusader Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Chicago (weather permitting)

WHEN: Friday, October 29th 2:00 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says that Mark Kirk’s latest TV commercial violates restrictions placed on Kirk by the Pentagon

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-----------------------------ABOUT ANDY: Chicago Public Radio calls Andy Martin a “boisterous Internet activist.” Andy is the legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He promotes his best-selling book, “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” and his Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Martin has been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois for over forty years. He is currently sponsoring
Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” He comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience. 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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