Archive for August, 2007

Andy Martin drafts “Anchor Baby Reform Act of 2008”

August 28, 2007

NEWS UPDATE FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

“ANCHORS AWAY”

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN PROPOSES TO ABOLISH “ANCHOR BABIES” AS A BASIS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO CLAIM U. S. RESIDENCE

LEGISLATIVE EXPERT MARTIN SAYS ARELLANO CIRCUS IN CHICAGO MANDATES CONGRESS EXERCISE ITS CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS TO ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM OF “ANCHOR BABIES”

(CHICAGO)(August 27, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin told a news conference Monday, August 27th that he is preparing a new federal law to prohibit anchor babies from providing a basis for U. S. residence to illegal immigrants. Martin expects to have a draft of the statute available by Wednesday.

In response to questions from NBC Telemundo, Martin stated that President Bush may have missed an opportunity to push an incremental immigration bill through Congress, instead of concentrating his efforts on passing a global settlement that failed.

“I think the president would have been better served if he had worked to isolate some area of agreement on immigration reform, and passed a limited law. Passing a statute that resolves all issues all at once is going to be virtually impossible. The more complex a proposed law is, the more opportunities for special interests and lobbyists to delay and derail the legislative process.

“As someone who has been immersed in the legislative process for over forty years, I know how to take action and I know how to make progress. I was an expert witness before the U. S. Senate 35 years ago.

“We are drafting a new federal statute, the ‘Anchor Baby Reform Act of 2008,’ and we will be releasing this proposed statute Wednesday,” Martin told media. “We think our approach will pass muster with legal scholars and, obviously, we are exposing our proposals to peer review. Few candidates have the experience and confidence to submit their campaign proposals to such searching examination.”

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124

CAMPAIGN
WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

CAMPAIGN
E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world events with forty years of personal experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites: ContrarianCommentary.com.

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Andy Martin opposes illegal immigrant “anchor babies”

August 27, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

“ANCHORS AWAY”

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN WILL PROPOSE FEDERAL STATUTE TO ABOLISH “ANCHOR BABIES” AS A BASIS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO CLAIM U. S. RESIDENCE

MARTIN SAYS ARELLANO CIRCUS IN CHICAGO MANDATES CONGRESS TAKE ACTION ON THE LIMITED ISSUE OF “ANCHOR BABIES”

(CHICAGO)(August 27, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a news conference Monday, August 27th at 2:00 P.M. to announce that he favors adoption of a new federal law to prohibit anchor babies from providing a basis for U. S. residence to illegal immigrants.

“The issue of how to deal with the problems of millions of illegal immigrants is not an easy one,” Martin will state. “And I continue to study all aspects of the matter.

“But I am convinced that Congress has the power to end the practice of granting automatic citizenship to ‘anchor babies.’

“During the past year we have had the Arellano Circus in Chicago, where someone who repeatedly defied the immigration laws of the United States, with the support of members of Congress, tried to use her son as an ‘anchor baby’ to claim U. S. residence.

“I have researched the applicable law in detail, and the legal issues are complex. But I am convinced that Congress has the power to override Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), which was itself only a 5-4 decision. Thus, even on the Supreme Court an issue analogous to anchor babies was a closely divided matter.

“Illegals present in the United States are at best ‘visitors.’ They enjoy the protection of U. S. laws, but that does not necessarily mean they are automatically entitled to create citizenship for children that are born during their visits. I don’t think, for example, that Mexico grants automatic citizen to children that are accidentally born there to visitors or tourists.

“The Fourteenth Amendment grants Congress broad powers under section 5. The Supreme Court has shown great deference to congressional enactments in the area of citizenship and naturalization, as indeed it must under Article I, section 8 of the Constitution. Clearly under the legal doctrine of ‘original intent’ the several states did not intend by adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to grant citizenship to the children of persons who had entered the United States illegally.

“A federal statute would, in order to be constitutional, operate prospectively, i.e. in the future. Congress does not have the power to revoke citizenship that may have been granted under existing interpretations of the law.

“But by removing the anchor baby incentive for illegal immigration we would cut off future Arellano travesties, where someone gives birth to create an anchor for continued illegal presence in the United States.

“The issue of illegal immigration has become increasingly emotional and increasingly irrational. We all need to quiet down and slow down. Illegal immigrants do not have ‘rights’ to violate the laws of the United States. It is high time that both Democrats and Republicans made that clear. Our existing laws and regulatory structure is not working. Reasonable minds can differ on how to resolve the overall immigration controversy; reasonable persons should not disagree with the proposition that the United States has a right to control its borders and to remove those who enter illegally.

“I will try to keep an open mind, but I will seek to force Congress to take action in areas of the immigration controversy where public sentiment has concealed. Clearly, the American people reject the concept of anchor babies, and do not feel that babies should be used as a pretext to encourage violations of U. S. immigration laws. Here, at least, we can probably obtain a wide zone of agreement in both parties on this limited issue. We can reform controversial areas of public policy by starting with small steps, and incremental remediation, not global solutions.

“I will not demonize those who disagree with me, and I will not allow them to demonize me. Candidates for the U. S. Senate have a duty to study constitutional issues—when they have the legal background and experience to do so—and to proffer intelligent and informed suggestions to the voters. That is what I plan to do.

“Later this week I will issue the draft of a proposed statue which can be circulated for debate and which would eliminate anchor babies. I first learned legislative drafting in the Illinois legislature while a law student at the University of Illinois College of Law. I have since drafted other federal statutes which became the basis for scholarly discussion and debate. Today I announce my intention to become a factor in efforts to end anchor babies,” Martin will state.

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Southeast corner of Wabash and Huron Streets,
Chicago, (St. James Cathedral)

WHEN: Monday, August 27, 2007 2:00 P.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin proposes to end “Anchor Babies”
as a basis for U.S. residence by illegal immigrants

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world events with forty years of personal experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites: ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy Martin vows to abolish bilingual education

August 24, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN VOWS TO END BILINGUAL EDUCATION, CALLS BILINGUAL PROGRAMS A “GOVERNMENT-CREATED GHETTO” THAT HAS IMPRISONED MILLIONS OF HELPLESS CHILDREN

(CHICAGO)(August 24, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a news conference Friday, August 24th at 1:00 P.M. to promise that when he is elected to the Senate he will end bilingual education. Martin calls bilingual education programs a “government-created ghetto that has imprisoned millions of helpless children.”

Martin has a national reputation for supporting official English (http://www.englishforamerica.org) and opposing bilingual education. He was a guest on the former Phil Donahue Show because of his efforts to combat bilingual education.

Unlike other candidates who espouse solutions without any history of advancing the issues, Martin has a long and documented history of fighting to make English our official language and to abolish bilingual education. “Durbin’s opposition researchers can choke on my record of fighting for the civil rights of children,” says Martin. “Every child has a civil right to be taught in English and to learn to speak, write and read English with sufficient proficiency to become a productive adult in our high-tech, world-competitive society.

“I was bilingual from birth,” says Martin, “and the first words I heard were probably in Greek. But I was blessed with a family that spoke English and a mother who encouraged learning. She did not fail me. But the federal government has failed our local schools. As U. S. senator I will not fail children who speak another language at home: I will expect them to speak English in school, only English.

“As U. S. senator, I promise to abolish bilingual education.

“Bilingual education has become a cancer growing inside our public school systems. Public schools have become more concerned with the politics of bilingualism than with advancing the education of children.

“Millions of children have been imprisoned in a government-created linguistic ghetto because of well-meaning but ultimately counterproductive efforts to provide help in other languages when what they really need is equal treatment and equal expectations. English should be the only language in our public education system.

“As the U. S. Supreme Court recently reaffirmed, there is no room for ‘separate but equal’ in our society. You end separation to enforce equality. There is no equality with other languages in the United States. People are free to speak what they want in their private lives. But as a nation we are committed to educating children in the language they will need to master to lead successful lives.

“Esther Cepada’s story in the Sun-Times today (http://www.suntimes.com/news/cepeda/523269,CST-NWS-CEPEDA23.article) is chilling and depressing.

“When second and third generation children in America can’t speak, read and write good English, America has failed these children. We have failed them by treating them as second-class citizens and by branding them with a badge of inferiority as unable to mainstream in English.

“I know families that have come from Eastern Europe and, yes, these children do not enter ‘special’ programs. These kids end up speaking normal English within a year. They continue to converse with parents in their mother tongue at home. There is nothing wrong with that. I can still speak passable Greek. I love languages; but most of all I love the land that received my family and taught them English.

“Bilingual programs fuel resentment at the waste in money, disruption in faculties, and loss of promising young lives. We have become a society that ‘cares’ so much we are ultimately uncaring for the needs of these children.

“Those who seek to abolish bilingual programs are civil rights advocates. They are fighting for the civil rights of children to be treated as equals and to be expected to perform in English. As Cepeda says, English is language of success.

“When children born in America can’t speak English, we have failed.”

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Southeast corner of Wabash and Huron Streets,
Chicago, (St. James Cathedral)

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2007 1:00 P.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world events with forty years of personal experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites: ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy Martin questions judgment of “exploratory” opponent

August 21, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

WAS JIM NALEPA TORTURED BY THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION, OR DOES HE HAVE A VIVID IMAGINATION WITH A TENDENCY TO EXAGGERATE?

HERE IS WHAT NALEPA HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE SYSTEMATIC ABUSE OF PRISONERS AT ABU GHRAIB PRISON IN IRAQ:

Jim Nalepa: Detainees at Gitmo and in Abu Ghraib and quite frankly, I had
worse things done to me in the 82nd Airborne Division than had occurred in Abu Ghraib.

See:

http://jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com/2007/07/this-weeks-suburban-edition-of-public_24.html

“How could someone make such a statement,” asks Andy Martin, “equating U. S. military training with the systematic abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad? Mr. Nalepa has a seriously unbalanced view of both military life and the rules of engagement during conflict. Torture and abuse of detainees is not permitted; the entire world has condemned what took place in Baghdad. Except, of course, Jim Nalepa.”

Andy Martin challenges “exploratory” opponent to apologize

August 21, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Executive Editor
ContrarianCommentary.com
“Factually correct, not
politically correct”

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANDY MARTIN DEMANDS THAT JIM NALEPA APOLOGIZE TO AMERICA’S REAL HEROES IN IRAQ, WHO ARE NOT PAPER MACHĒ WARRIORS LIKE NALEPA

(CHICAGO)(August 21, 2007) U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a toll-free telephone news conference Tuesday, August 21st to demand that “exploratory” senate candidate Jim Nalepa apologize to America’s fighting heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Journalists are free to call in from Illinois and around the United States.

“I am distressed that Jim Nalepa can’t tell the difference between peeling potatoes and carrying a rifle in combat. His attempt to inflate his own resume, by comparing his paper shuffling in the peacetime Army and the teapot operation in Granada to the war in Iraq shows that Nalepa has no more of an ear for military honor than he does for telling a joke (Springfield State Journal Register story follows below).

“If Nalepa wants to know what real combat is like, he should go to the WashingtonPost.com:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/18/AR2007081801270.html

“Congressman Lipinski made light of Nalepa’s ‘warrior manqué’ status, and I do too. Comparing a paper-shuffling press officer such as Nalepa to a combat infantryman in a firefight shows typical West Point contempt for enlisted men and NCO’s.

“Nalepa went to college at West Point 30 years ago; he is still trading on his undergraduate degree. What has he done lately? He is in business, but without a public mailing address or phone number. Nalepa ran for office twice and lost, yet the liberal media slather over ‘Warrior Jimmy.’ Maybe the liberals know something about Nalepa that conservatives don’t.

“‘Tail Gunner Joe’ disgraced Wisconsin Republicans. I hope that Nalepa does not aspire to become ‘Tail Gunner Nalepa,’ and trade on his military background to the point of self-parody and embarrassment.

“I have seen more combat and more firefights and more danger than Nalepa has ever dreamed of, but I would not think of equating what I did as a civilian with the actions of the brave men I accompanied in battle. I have an Honorable Discharge (copy on request) and a Serial Number (AF 16821011) but I was never a ‘Saigon Commando’ the way Nalepa was a ‘commando’ in the peacetime army, drinking beer in Germany.

“Nalepa should apologize to our fighting men and women on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan for comparing himself as a peacetime paper-shuffler to their service in harm’s way today. Like many West Pointers, and I have known a few, Nalepa is a slick talker. Nalepa has been ‘exploring’ a campaign for the senate for months—not since last week—but he lacks the courage to come out fighting and announce. He stands back, puffs up and fires cheap shots, just like a rear echelon paper shuffler.

“Nalepa, this time the joke’s on you.”

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Bernard Schoenburg Column:
Published Sunday, August 19, 2007
THAT’S NO JOKE
Some jokes work, and some jokes don’t.
I think it’s safe to say that JIM NALEPA of Hinsdale, who is considering a run against Durbin in 2008, told one that didn’t quite work last week as members of the Republican State Central Committee and Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association gathered at a hotel to start off Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to take this opportunity and hush the crowd a bit, and like to take a moment of silence in remembrance of a great American. Dear Lord, please watch over your humble servant whose memory we honor today. He brought a lot to this great nation, and mourn your loss, along with our governor, Roderick (sic) Blagojevich, whose idol you are, Elvis Aaron Presley, on (the) 30th anniversary of your death.”
I would say kind of a shocked silence ensued.
“Well, I thought I was going to get a laugh out of that one,” he said — and at least people chuckled at that line.
“I’m a far better political speaker than I am a joke teller,” he said later, “and I would rather have the former than the latter.”
In his prepared remarks about Durbin, Nalepa, who twice ran for Congress in the 1990s against then-U. S. Rep. BILL LIPINSKI, D-Chicago, took a distinctly tougher tone. He called the Springfield Democrat “a politician who revels in the cheap shot” and “who has become a national embarrassment.”
“Senator Durbin wants to provide scholarships to illegal aliens and send them to our colleges. I want to build the fence and secure our borders,” Nalepa said. “Senator Durbin compares men and women at Guantanamo to Nazis, and I call them heroes.”
Nalepa said in an interview later that he does not condone torture or illegal acts by Americans. But he thinks Durbin’s Senate floor comments in June 2005 comparing the treatment of some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to that meted out by strong-arm regimes ended up “tarring our every single American man and woman in uniform with the same brush.” And he found Durbin’s apology “lukewarm at best.”
Nalepa, 50, a West Point graduate who now runs an executive recruiting firm, also said he thinks Durbin is “a mouthpiece for the hard-core left.”
Nalepa, who rose to captain and whose six years of active duty included three years in Germany, where he was with combat-oriented units, says he participated in the U.S. rescue mission in Grenada in 1983, where he was public affairs officer. He said Lipinski, during campaigns, made light of that job — but shouldn’t have.
“I don’t want to characterize myself as the heroes that are in Iraq, but whether you’re a cook or whether you’re a mechanic, whenever you put on America’s uniform and you’re in a combat zone, you’re in the line of fire,” Nalepa said.
While Nalepa hasn’t formally announced for the nomination, two announced candidates — ANDY MARTIN of Chicago and Dr. STEVE SAUERBERG of Willowbrook — also spoke. Sauerberg called Durbin “the most liberal and divisive senator in this nation.”
MICHAEL DALY, spokesman for Durbin, said it’s not yet time to respond to specific allegations from possible nominees.
“These people are running against one another, not Senator Durbin,” Daly said. “When they’re finished deciding who’s going to run and who the nominee is, we’ll have plenty of time for this debate.”

ANDY MARTIN NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Telephone news conference:

Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950

Participant code: 2090340

WHEN: Tuesday, August 21 at 10:00 A.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin demands that Jim Nalepa apologize to
America’s fighting heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124

WEBSITES: ContrarianCommentary.com;
AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and world politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

Andy Martin news conference issues debate challenge

August 18, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2007

ANDY MARTIN ISSUES DEBATE CHALLENGE TO PRIMARY OPPONENTS

(Chicago)(August 17, 2007) Illinois U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin told a Friday afternoon Chicago news conference that he had issued a debate challenge to both of his putative U. S. Senate primary opponents.

“It took a little work to send the challenge,” Martin told media, “because Steve Sauerberg still does not have a campaign fax number publicly listed, and Jim Nalepa does not list either a mailing address or a phone number for his own business on the web (http://www.jimnalepa.com) so we sent the challenge to Nalepa’s press agent. My own campaign lists a phone, fax and street address for regular mail. We are accessible to the public and the media.

Andy’s debate letter can be seen at:

http://www.andyforussenator.blogspot.com

“Downstaters have complained they are ignored by the Chicago Machine that controls all three branches of Illinois state government. As an original downstater myself, whom the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette still refers to as a former hometown boy, I have proposed ‘weighting’ the debates in favor of downstate cities, with six debates downstate, two in the collar counties and two in Cook County.

“I have offered to join in a three-way pact among the candidates to agree to support the winner of the primary. I will see if my opponents are prepared to make a similar commitment.

“I have suggested Andy McKenna and the state Republican Party organize the debates; I am open to all suggestions.

“All I know is that Dick Durbin is a heavyweight debater and quipster. My opponents cannot expect to chirp their way into the U. S. Senate by learning during the campaign how to confront Goliath Durbin.

“In the Fighting Illini spirit of ‘Send Ameche at me,’ I believe no one can seriously deny that I am prepared to confront and debate Durbin. The Chicago Tribune has attested to my prowess as a powerful campaigner (Chicago Tribune, 2/28/78). I helped build an Interstate Highway down the spine of this state (I-39)(Chicago Tribune 2/28/78). What have my opponents built?

“After their performance in Springfield yesterday, can anyone seriously suggest my opponents are ready to tackle Durbin? They were the ‘not-ready-for-prime-time players.’

“We are not going to win the 2008 election with candidates who are mouthing the same old platitudes. A candidate needs a serious strategy which is planned in Illinois, in 2007-2008, not a stale joke book and a list of Republican one-liners from the 1980’s.

“My campaign is a campaign precisely because we offer a fresh perspective and a real opportunity to seriously confront Durbin. The liberal media in Chicago love covering my opponents—because they know my primary opponents offer a stale, pale imitation of a serious threat to Tricky Dick.

”I was trained in the Fighting Illini spirit, and I am prepared to attack Durbin on his malfeasance, not blather about his being ‘too liberal.’ We all know that. Steve and Jim, tell us something new,” Martin challenged his opponents.

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com

Martin has forty years of experience covering regional, national and world politics. Andy holds a Juris Doctor degree (1969) from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Toll-free media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites/blogs: AndyforUSSenator.com. AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com; AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com

Andy Martin issues debate challenge to senate primary opponents

August 18, 2007

ANDY MARTIN
The Right Republican for
U. S. Senator from Illinois/2008
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-2639
Toll-free fax (866) 707-2639
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

August 17, 2007

Steve Sauerberg
5201 S. Willow Springs Road
LaGrange, IL 60525
via fax (708) 482-9034

Jim Nalepa
c/o Laura Grock
Martin E. Janis & Co. Public Relations
401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Via fax (312) 943-3583

DEBATE CHALLENGE

Dear Steve & Jim:

I would like to challenge both of you to a series of ten (10) debates, six in downstate communities, two in the collar counties and two in Cook County.

We owe the voters a vigorous debate on the issues and a full explication of our qualifications for the U. S. Senate.

In order to demonstrate our loyalty to the Republican Party, I am prepared to commit to support the winner of the U. S. Senate primary if you are prepared to do likewise. If you would like to join me in this mutual commitment to support the winner of the primary please let me know.

I suggest we jointly ask the Chairman McKenna and the state party to schedule the debates expeditiously, with our mutual schedule clearances, and that we do so early in the season before other events create scheduling conflicts.

I could find neither a phone nor a fax listed for Jim, and no campaign fax for Steve; I would appreciate it if you would furnish my campaign with this information so we may facilitate inter-campaign communication.

I await your response.

With all best wishes,

ANDY MARTIN

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Andy Martin issues debate challenge to primary opponents

August 17, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2007

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN ISSUES DEBATE CHALLENGE

(Chicago)(August 17, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Friday, August 17th to challenge his potential primary opponents to a series of statewide debates.

“We need an open party and an open primary,” Martin will state. “Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair was an outstanding success because all were welcome.

“Indeed, our county chairmen were given a surprise ‘first look’ at the U. S. Senate candidates, and I received an overwhelmingly favorable response. The impression of the assembled media was a consensus that I won the joint appearance because I spoke on an impromptu basis without a written speech or notes.

“We are kidding ourselves if we think screaming ‘liberal’ at Dick Durbin is enough to make him go down to defeat. My impression is that my opponents lack a coherent strategy for campaigning against Durbin. They think slogans are a substitute for substance. I will match my qualifications and experience and credibility against that of any candidate, announced or unannounced.

“It is in this spirit of openness that I challenge my opponents to debate across the state. I challenge them to a series of ten (10) debates, in cities to be selected.

“What primary voters want is what the county chairmen got—a free and open debate where the candidates present their qualifications and the party remains neutral. I am prepared to take on all comers.

“I don’t see how anyone can seriously expect to
challenge Senator Durbin if they are afraid to debate me,” Martin stated in issuing his challenge. “Either the candidates could agree on the times and places, or the state party could make the arrangements. The state party has shown a willingness to respect an open playing field and I trust the state party to stay neutral.

“Either way, I will be there,” Martin will state. “And if
they are not there, I’ll debate an empty chair. To paraphrase Joe Louis, they can ‘run,’ but they can’t hide [from the voters].”

Martin’s challenge is being delivered to announced and
unannounced candidates Friday afternoon.

Martin returns to Chicago from Springfield Friday morning
after a strategy breakfast with supporters.

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate/Internet
journalist/editor/critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Southeast corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago
(St. James cathedral)

WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2007 4:00 P.M.

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124 (also forwarded to cell)

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com

Martin has forty years of experience covering regional, national and world politics. Andy holds a Juris Doctor degree (1969) from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites/blogs: AndyforUSSenator.com. AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com; AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com

Andy Martin delivers powerful speech to Republican leaders

August 16, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2007

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN DELIVERS POWERFUL SPEECH TO REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERS IN SPRINGFIELD

NEWS CONFERENCE AT ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

(Springfield)(August 16, 2007) Speaking in a booming voice to a meeting of Illinois Republican Party County Chairmen, U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin delivered a powerful speech that chided one of his potential opponents for being afraid to announce as a candidate.

“In the U. S. Army,” Martin told Jim Nalepa, “they don’t say ‘Ready, Aim, Explore.’ If the Founding Fathers has signed a Declaration of Exploration instead of a Declaration of Independence we would still be British.” Martin invited Nalepa to enter the senate primary.

Martin also thanked Illinois State Chairman Andy McKenna for organizing the event.

Martin will hold a Springfield (Illinois) news conference today at the Illinois State Fair.

Martin will be at the State Fair soliciting petition signatures to place his name on the primary ballot for U. S. Senator.

Martin has set up his campaign “fighting camp” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel where he can be reached in Room 924. He will remain in Springfield Thursday afternoon and evening and return to Chicago Friday morning.

“Thursday I will be at the State Fair trying to get as many signatures as possible on my nominating petitions. I am running an old-fashioned grass roots campaign, the antithesis of the ‘plastic politics’ practiced by other candidates. We are executing our campaign plan on schedule; our playbook takes us in stages through to February 5th.

“Meanwhile our very motivated petition circulators are continuing their work in the Chicago area.”

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate/Internet
journalist/editor/critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Illinois State Fair, Director’s Lawn

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:00 P.M.

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124 (forwarded to cell)

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com

Martin has forty years of experience covering regional, national and world politics. Andy holds a Juris Doctor degree (1969) from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites/blogs: ContrarianCommentary.com; AndyforUSSenator.com. AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com; AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com

Andy Martin predicts “straw poll surprise” at Illinois State Fair

August 15, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2007

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN PREDICTS REPUBLICAN PARTY “STRAW POLL SURPRISE”

CANDIDATE IS “RIDING THE RAILS” TO SPRINGFIELD WEDNESDAY, FOR STATE FAIR PETITION PUSH

(Springfield)(August 15, 2007) Chicago-based U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Springfield (Illinois) news conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Wednesday to discuss Thursday’s Republican Party Straw Poll at the Illinois State Fair.

Martin will also be at the State Fair soliciting petition signatures to place his name on the primary ballot for U. S. Senator.

“I will be wearing two hats in Springfield,” Martin says, “Both as an opinion columnist an as a candidate seeking signatures to put his name on the ballot.

“Wednesday afternoon we will hold a news conference at our ‘fighting camp’ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to make our analysis and predictions known. We think there is going to be a ‘State Fair Surprise’ at the Presidential Straw Poll. The Republican Party’s straw poll is going to surprise a lot of people. The Party’s leadership is to be commended for organizing this new event.

“Thursday I will be at the State Fair trying to get as many signatures as possible on my nominating petitions. I am running an old fashioned grass roots campaign, the antithesis of the ‘plastic politics’ practiced by my potential opponents. We are executing our campaign plan on schedule; our play book takes us in stages through to February 5th. Meanwhile our very motivated petition circulators will also be continuing their work in the Chicago area.”

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate/Internet
journalist/editor/critic Andy Martin

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dirksen Parkway, Springfield
Please ask for Mr. Martin’s suite number
at the reception desk

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 5:00 P.M.

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124 (forwarded to cell)

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com

Martin has forty years of experience covering regional, national and world politics. Andy holds a Juris Doctor degree (1969) from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites/blogs: ContrarianCommentary.com; AndyforUSSenator.com. AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com; AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com