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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mitt Romney’s “Sister Souljah” moment; Andy Martin’s New York News Conference on Sensata Technologies

Romney’s Rangers, The Independent Mitt Romney Political Action Team led by Republican activist Andy Martin, will hold a New York City news conference Saturday, October 20th to ask Governor Mitt Romney to seize a “Sister Souljah moment” by coming out against the proposed closing of a Freeport, Illinois plant owned by one of Romney’s investment partnerships, Sensata Technologies.

Andy says “the road to victory in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa” runs through Freeport, Illinois.” Andy offers to join Romney at plant gates in Freeport, and says Romney has a duty to speak out when his business partners are taking anti-American action.


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Romney’s Rangers, led by Republican Party activist and New Hampshire corruption-fighter Andy Martin, will ask Mitt Romney to fight for American workers

Andy says Mitt Romney should declare a “divorce” from Bain Capital by supporting Sensata workers

Andy says “the road to the White House runs through Freeport, Illinois”

Andy Martin, Mitt Romney’s de facto “management consultant,” asks Romney to be bold and seize the potential for a landslide victory

(Manchester, NH) (October 20, 2012) Republican Party activist Andy Martin will hold a New York City news conference Saturday, October 20h to ask Romney to join Andy in going to Freeport, Illinois to call on Bain Capital to suspend efforts to close the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport. Andy says “Sensata is Mitt Romney’s opportunity for a ‘Sister Souljah moment’ that will ensure Romney wins the White house by a landslide.”

Andy’s letter to Governor Romney, which Andy will discuss at his news conference, follows below:

October 20, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney

PO Box 149756

Boston, MA 02114-9756

Re: Sensata Technologies

Dear Governor Romney:

You are no doubt aware of the controversy involving your investment in Sensata Technologies (“Sensata”). In this letter I would like to invite you to join me in a “Sister Souljah” moment that I believe will ensure your election to the presidency by a landslide margin, by challenging Sensata’s corporate management.

1. Background of my strong support for your candidacy

On September 12, 2012, when you came under attack by other Republicans for your correct criticism of the Obama administration, I stepped forward to support you and to predict that “Benghazi-gate” would end up being the issue that defeated President Obama for reelection. On September 23rd I again stepped up, while you were again under attack by “doubting” Republicans, and strongly endorsed your candidacy.

There are many, many people working hard to elect you. But I am surely among the most loyal and hardest working. I have given great thought to winning strategies for your candidacy (because I publish a blog I have a public record you can study). Next week I will be working in Nevada, and the final week of the campaign I will be home in New Hampshire, working for your election. I am completely committed to electing you as president.

I also have forty-six years of both Washington and grass roots political experience. While the late Governor Lawton Chiles used to tease me as his “dry cleaners” Republican I wash my own clothes. Moreover, unlike many in our party, I am comfortable with and have a high regard for the men and women who work on the “shop floors” of America. My family immigrated to Manchester 100 years ago and they worked in the Amoskeag Mills under arduous conditions. Thus, my advice comes laminated with practical experience about working families.

2. Origins of the term “Sister Souljah” moment

Sister Souljah was a racist performer. In 1992, then-candidate Bill Clinton went to a meeting where Souljah spoke. Clinton criticized Souljah for her racist remarks. By criticizing Souljah, Clinton separated himself from the inability and unwillingness of the Democratic Party to condemn African-American racism. Clinton established his credibility as a “New” Democrat. “Sister Souljah moment” has entered our political lexicon.

But the original Sister Souljah moment may have come in 1960. Up until 1960, the African-American vote was still very sympathetic to the Republican Party, and with good reason. The Southern Democratic Party was the home of racism and repression. Senator John Kennedy called Coretta Scott King when her husband Reverend Martin Luther King was jailed. Kennedy’s gesture may have won him the presidency by giving him urban votes across America.

3. Your Sister Souljah moment

Right now the trend line is in your favor. I predict you will win the presidency. But you may not win a mandate. You need a mandate. You need to establish yourself as the unquestioned leader of the Republican Party and the American people. This is your Sister Souljah moment. I believe as you continue reading you will agree with me you have a Sister Souljah opportunity to act decisively, to solidify the support of American workers and to win the presidency with a real mandate.

4. Your election problems in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin

A. Let’s be honest, working people don’t trust you. And President Obama and his minions are doing everything they can to stir the distrust. You need a game-changing gesture to solidify the confidence of working families. Right now the Heartland is up for grabs: Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin. A bold gesture to working families would win these states and with them the presidency. The road to the White House, by winning Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, runs straight through Freeport, Illinois.

B. One of your investments, Sensata Technologies (“Sensata”) has come back to haunt you. Sensata has announced a plant closing and brought in Chinese workers to take away American jobs by exporting them to China. That’s not a pretty picture and it conflicts with your stated policy of reclaiming American manufacturing. By all appearances Sensata employees are loyal, solid, hardworking Heartland workers. They do a good job and produce quality products; So why take their jobs away?

Bain Capital and its investors are simply wrong, flat wrong, totally wrong. Profits gained at the expense of loyal workers are tainted. I personally condemn any American firm, including Apple, that profits from slave labor conditions in China. I personally try to boycott such products.

Obama is exploiting your Sensata investment to fan doubts about your “divorce” from Bain Capital. But Obama’s attacks offer an opportunity for a Sister Souljah moment.

C. I ask you to join me in Freeport, at the Sensata plant gates, to call on Bain Capital and the Sensata management to reverse the Freeport plant closing. Later on in this letter I will explain why you should do so. But I am absolutely convinced that if we turn up at Sensata’s gates and ask Bain to suspend and reverse the plant closing, that gesture will be your Sister Souljah moment and ensure your election – by a landslide – to the presidency.

I am asking you to take a bold step. But the rewards for boldness will be immense. You will not only win the White House but you will receive an independent mandate as a leader.

5. Why you must act on the Sensata tragedy

A. By staying silent while Obama attacks you – and I don’t doubt that Sensata will appear as an issue on Monday evening’s “foreign policy debate” – Obama will ensure the question is raised – you hand the Democrats a lever to fan fears and to encourage voters to stay safely in Obama’s embrace on November 6th. If you show working families you are independent of Bain Capital as a candidate, and will be independent as a president, you will “close the deal” with America’s workers and win the presidency.

B. Your response to Sensata questions has been that you left Bain in 1999. That is not a sufficient response. It is a self-defeating response. Investors do not surrender their free speech rights when they invest in a firm. On the contrary, you have a duty to act when managers in a firm where you are a stakeholder are acting contrary to your policies or America’s self-interest. Every investor, passive or active, has free speech rights to criticize management.

You have every right to comment publicly on Bain's disastrous public relations in poisoning our economy by exporting Illinois jobs to China. There is absolutely no barrier to your commenting - as an investor – about your desires as an investor concerning corporate policy.

Your blind trust argument doesn’t work as an excuse either, because the Sensata investment is apparently part of your tax returns.

Looking for excuses to remain silent on the Sensata situation is the wrong approach. Be bold. Tell Bain the old ways will no longer be your ways. Ask Bain to suspend the plant closing and to reinstate the workers. Declare your independence from the “burdens of Bain” that are weighing down your candidacy.

C. President Obama criticized you at the last debate for exporting jobs to China and he will no doubt criticize you again (look at my “Mitt Memo #1,” in which I correctly predicted Obama would raise the issue of the automobile industry last week). I do not believe President Obama is a competent president, but he is a more-than-competent candidate and rabble rouser. He has tied Bain Capital around your neck; you need to cut the noose and free yourself from Bain.

Is maintaining misguided loyalty to Bain worth losing the presidency? You get the point.

If you really left in 1999 you should have no hesitation to criticize management even if you are only a limited partner or passive investor in Bain/Sensata.

D. I am absolutely convinced that if you speak out against Bain’s unwise management policies you will reap immediate “dividends" from working families across America. You have a right to say that what was acceptable in the 1990’s is no longer acceptable in the 2010’s. If we stand at the plant gate and you tell people you will do everything you can to save their jobs, overnight you will become a hero to working Americans. You will gain their trust. Don’t be afraid of working people or union members; embrace them.

So how about it? I admire you and Ann immensely. I don’t have any personal dislike for President Obama but we simply can’t stand “four more years” of stagnation at home and retreat abroad. I want you to win. And I want you to win in a way that makes you the president of all the people, an independent leader who is not beholden to either party or parochial interests. America needs a president. A president of all the people.

I’m busy working for your election every day. But I am ready to drop what I am doing and head for Freeport as soon as you call. The Heartland wants to support you; give them a Sister Souljah moment to close the deal.

Let’s roll!

Respectfully submitted,




September 23rd New York City news conference details:


Republican Party activist and Mitt Romney supporter Andy Martin


Andy Martin asks Mitt Romney to join Andy in condemning the closing of a Freeport, Illinois plant owned by Romney’s investor partners at Sensata Technologies


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