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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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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

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