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
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.
The Independent Republican Party Political Action Team
Andy Martin, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Announcement of Chicago news conference Tuesday
Attention national and
daybook/assignment editors Chicago
Andy Martin slams Senator Rob Portman for undermining Jim Oberweis’
Senate campaign U.
Andy says that due to the conflicting polls, “
Republicans” should not write
off the Washington senate race Illinois
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
Text of Andy Martin’s letter to Senator Rob Portman (without masthead):
Hon. Rob Portman
United States Senator
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.
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
Independent Republican Party activist Andy Martin criticizes Senator Rob Portman for making light of Jim Oberweis’ U. S. Senate Campaign
Andy Martin says Senator Rob Portman is being unfair to Illinois Republicans who want to defeat Senator Dick Durbin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets,
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