Archive for June, 2009

NEWS CONFERENCE: DuPage County (Ill.) lawyer Fred Spitzzeri is a corrupt public official

June 30, 2009

Andy Martin says Naperville attorney Fred Spitzzeri schemed to use a part-time position as Naperville Township trustee to quietly obtain $90,000 in fringe benefits. Martin says Spitzzeri is an embarrassment to DuPage County Republicans and the DuPage County Bar. See http://www.StopSpitzzeri.com

Andy Martin says DuPage attorney Fred Spitzzeri is a corrupt public official

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WHEATON NEWS CONFERENCE: June 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ANDY MARTIN LAUNCHES WWW.STOPSPITZZERI.COM WEB SITE TO WARN DUPAGE COUNTY REPUBLICANS THAT FRED SPITZZERI IS A CORRUPT AND UNETHICAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL

MARTIN SAYS SPITZZERI IS A “PRIVATE,” NOT “PUBLIC” OFFICIAL

(CHICAGO)(June 30, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Wheaton news conference Tuesday, June 30th to launch an anti-Fred Spitzzeri web site. Spitzzeri is a Republican candidate for circuit judge in DuPage County.

Martin calls Naperville Township trustee Fred Spitzzeri one of the most corrupt public officials in Illinois, and totally unfit to serve as a DuPage County judge. “Fred is not a ‘public’ official,” Martin charges. “He is a ‘private’ official, working to satisfy his own private greed and personal benefit.

“For the past two decades, Fred Spitzzeri has cultivated a public image as an amiable attorney, all while seeking to serve himself and his own pecuniary interests first, last and always. Behind the façade, Spitzzeri is pure ‘Daley Machine.’ The essence of the Daleys is to steal while no one is looking; that has been Spitzzeri’s modus operandi as a Naperville Township trustee.

“Our web site offers a detailed analysis of Spitzzeri’s unethical conduct and his documented record of trying to improperly influence sitting judges.

“Spitzzeri took a low-paying job as ‘township trustee’ and converted it into a gold mine for himself and his family, collecting over $90,000 in ‘benefits’ in his first term for a job that is supposed to pay a nominal $7,300 a year.

“DuPage Republicans are primarily middle class. Few are very wealthy and few are very poor. But they all work hard to pay their property taxes; they don’t want a parasite like Fred Spitzzeri enriching himself at their expense.

“We also caught Spitzzeri meeting secretly with Judge Bonnie Wheaton, and corrupting her, with brazenness and arrogance. Wheaton in turn said she was unaware that judges should not meet in secret with one side to a pending lawsuit. I do not want DuPage County to become a Republican mirror image of the Cook County Courthouse. I am committed to fighting for ethical judges in both Republican and Democratic counties.

“Republicans have only one thing to offer DuPage County and Illinois residents: honest government. But Spitzzeri’s behavior is a repudiation of everything Republicans are supposed to stand for. He undermines every Republican who is fighting for good government. Fred took an obscure job and converted the position into a personal gold mine with $90,000 of ‘honest graft;’ that kind of behavior is a classic Daley Machine technique.

“Over the past forty years I have exposed both Democrats and Republicans as crooks [see http://www.AndyMartin.com]. When it comes to fighting corruption, I am completely nonpartisan. As a statewide candidate I normally avoid becoming embroiled in local races. The only exception to that general rule is in elections where I am aware of candidates who are involved in corruption and abuse of public office. Mr. Spitzzeri should be Public Enemy #1 for DuPage County Republicans.

“The Spitzzeri scandal is also a salute to the Illinois Supreme Court. The Court recently reaffirmed the right of Illinoisans to a meaningful Freedom-Of-Information-Act. I used Illinois’ FOIA to obtain access to Naperville Township public records. My attacks on Spitzzeri are based on official Naperville Township archives.

“We will be working to defeat Fred Spitzzeri in the February, 2010 primary. He is unfit to serve as a circuit judge, unless he runs in Chicago where his type is welcomed. DuPage County is the last bastion of Republican strength in Illinois; Republicans should not jeopardize their dominant position in the county by allowing crud such as Spitzzeri to become judicial candidates,” Martin will state.

“Our investigation of Mr. Spitzzeri is continuing. Those with information or evidence to offer about Spitzzeri are invited to contact our offices.”

The anti-Spitzzeri web site is: http://www.StopSpitzzeri.com.

Martin promises another major Spitzzeri-related court scandal Thursday, July 2nd. “This one goes to the Illinois Supreme Court,” Martin promises.

June 30th news conference details:

WHO:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE:

Sidewalk news conference, in front of DuPage County Judicial Center [bench and table area], 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:00 A.M.

WHAT:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin launches http://www.StopSpitzzeri.com to warn DuPage County Republicans that Fred Spitzzeri is unfit to be a circuit judge

MEDIA
CONTACT:

(866) 706-2639

WEBSITE:

http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL:

AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA
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Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
[NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]

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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

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Andy Martin launches anti-Kirk web site www.MarkKirk.us

June 29, 2009

Martin says Congressman Mark Kirk has become an acolyte of the Obama administration. Martin says efforts by “Chicago media elitists” and corrupt “Combine Republicans” to nominate Kirk for U. S. Senator are a farce. A new web site, http://www.MarkKirk.us collects evidence of Kirk’s anti-Republican record.

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MARK KIRK FACES NEW ATTACKS FROM ANDY MARTIN

WWW.MARKKIRK.US COLLECTS ANTI-KIRK ISSUES IN ONE PLACE

ANDY MARTIN SAYS LIBERAL MEDIA AND “COMBINE REPUBLICANS” ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE ULTRA-LIBERAL AS REPUBLIC CANDIDATE

(CHICAGO)(June 29, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Monday, June 29th to launch an anti-Mark Kirk web site.

“I find it extraordinary,” says Martin, “That despite the fact that Congressman Mark Kirk is a foot soldier in the Obama ‘revolution,’ ‘Combine Republicans’ in Illinois and the liberal Chicago news media want to shove Mark Kirk down our throats as a U. S. Senate candidate.

“I usually find conservative attacks on ‘RINO’s’ and similar epithets offensive. No one should be required to tow the party orthodoxy reflexively. But Kirk may be the exception to the rule. He seems to have a permanent finger-in-the-eye of Republican voters and loyalists.

“The fact Chicago’s news media are promoting Kirk as a candidate for the Senate shows how out of touch these arrogant media elitists are.

“Kirk is a guy than can stand up to Barack Obama’s socialist schemes? He’s already part of the Obamanation.

“We are launching a new web site to remind Republicans that Kirk cannot seriously be considered a candidate for U. S. senator. Kirk may represent an ultra-liberal sliver of Illinois. The 10th District is not Illinois,” Martin will state. “www.MarkKirk.us will tell the truth about Kirk. We await his response.”

Kirk promised a decision on whether he would run for statewide office in April.

June 10th news conference details:

WHO:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Chicago

WHEN:

Monday, June 29, 2009 4:00 P.M.

WHAT:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin launches http://www.MarkKirk.us to attack potential primary opponent Mark Kirk

MEDIA
CONTACT:

(866) 706-2639; Cell (917) 664-9329 (not always turned on)

WEBSITE:

http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL:

AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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Readers of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, say the book is still the only gold standard and practical handbook on Barack Obama’s unfitness for the presidency. Buy it.
Book orders: Amazon.com or http://OrangeStatePress.com. Immediate shipment from Amazon.com or signed copies (delayed for signing) from the publisher are available.
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URGENT APPEAL: The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama raises money to oppose President Barack Obama’s radical agenda and also to support http://www.BoycottHawaii.com.
http://www.CommitteeofOneMilliontoDefeatBarackObama.com
Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama’s political agenda is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA
http://www.facebook.com/AndyMartin

Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
[NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]

MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329 (cell not always on)
E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com
© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

Mark Kirk sex scandal: new threat against Andy Martin

June 17, 2009

One of Congressman Mark Kirk’s supporters is threatening to attack Andy Martin for telling the truth about Mark Kirk. Kirk says his divorce files are “unsealed.” The court says the files are sealed. “Why is Kirk lying?” Martin asks.

New threats in Congressman Mark Kirk sex scandal

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IS MARK KIRK “SUPERMAN?”

KIRK SUPPORTER ISSUES NEW THREAT AGAINST ANDY MARTIN

SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN IS U.S. SENATE’S THIRD REPUBLICAN PARTY SEX SCANDAL; WE DON’T NEED A FOURTH

(CHICAGO)(June 17, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin announced Wednesday that one of Congressman Mark Kirk’s strong supporters has issued a new threat against Martin.

“When I originally began looking into Mark Kirk’s peculiar behavior as a candidate, I had no idea what to expect,” Andy Martin said. “Lawyers call this ‘due diligence.’ We check the files, review the records, make sure we did not miss anything.

“Then last week I got the first threat from one of Kirk’s supporters.

“Over the weekend, the same ‘supporter’ sent me another threat, and said Kirk was a ‘Superman:’

We the Republican Party in Northeast Illinois have a quiet army of people that will come out and work against you for trying to get cheap media at the cost of our party’s unity.
That is not a threat, that is a reality. You are approaching this in the absolute worst possible manner to get the votes you need for furthering your ambitions.
Your little PR release this morning that cites me (I assume) stating that you give out my name for anyone who asks for it …is great. Do you honestly think that you are going to track with voters using this antics?

I have Kirk on my facebook as you point out, as well as McKenna because I am a Republican (as opposed to you) and they are the elected leaders of my State Party and my District. Whether Kirk runs or not I do not care, he has done a brilliant job for us in the 10th and for America. You are pissing on Superman’s cape.

“I take this man’s remarks as a threat, not a threat to harm me physically but a threat to damage me politically for asking Mark Kirk to tell the truth to the People of Illinois.

“Kirk’s supporter’s new claim that Marky Mark is ‘Superman’ is bizarre.

“His suggestion that we have to support the Illinois Republican Party’s corrupt state leadership is bizarre. We are losing elections because Andy McKenna is a Daley stooge. (McKenna supports Kirk.)

“The claim that Kirk has done a ‘brilliant job’ by undermining the Second Amendment and other conservative causes is bizarre.

“Today, of course, I learned from the Clerk of the Court that Mark Kirk’s ‘unsealed’ divorce files remain ‘sealed.’ Once a potential candidate starts to release lies, you have to suspect they have something to hide. It looks as though Kirk is trying to pull a ‘Jack Ryan’ and run for office while hiding personal records from media and public review. We all know how Ryan’s campaign ended up.

“Wednesday I will be contacting the Clerk’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, where Kirk’s divorce was filed, to seek the necessary paperwork for a lawsuit to open the divorce records. I am going to do a ‘Chicago Tribune’ on Kirk. (The Chicago Tribune filed a successful lawsuit to open’s Ryan’s sealed divorce file.

“Reading the sad story of Senator John Ensign’s sex sandal Tuesday night was a reminder that the party of ‘family values’ has had three U. S. Senate sex scandals in the past several years. (Craig, Vitter, Ensign). We don’t need Mark Kirk’s campaign to add a fourth.

“Kirk seems to be suffering from the same form of ‘Potomac Fever’ as Senator ensign. These people go to Washington and forget their home states. They become arrogant and imperious towards ordinary citizens. And they live a lie. Ensign was lying. Kirk lied when he said his divorce files were ‘unsealed,’ when the Clerk says they are sealed. Kirk’s lie is about as big a bald-faced lie as I have ever seen from any potential candidate.

“The fact that Kirk is using his followers to threaten me is a sign of extreme weakness on Kirk’s part.

“What’s your opinion?

“I apply the same standards to investigating Republicans that I apply to Barack Obama: a search for the truth and the facts. Nothing more. And nothing less. Obviously, Mark Kirk is afraid of my high standards, integrity and independence. Why?

“I hope Kirk runs against me for the senate so we can have a debate on the issues and a debate on the future of the Republican Party. How can we talk one way in public and act another way in private?

“I intend to run a vigorous primary campaign for the U. S. Senate. And I will not let Kirk fool primary voters the same way Jack Ryan fooled Republicans in 2004.

“Open the files, Mark. Stop lying about your ‘unsealed’ records when the court says they are still sealed. Your lies are going to embarrass even your most loyal supporters,” Martin noted.

“Why did you tell the media your files were ‘unsealed’ when that was a lie? Explain please.”

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Readers of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, say the book is still the only gold standard and practical handbook on Barack Obama’s unfitness for the presidency. Buy it.
Book orders: Amazon.com or http://OrangeStatePress.com. Immediate shipment from Amazon.com or signed copies (delayed for signing) from the publisher are available.
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URGENT APPEAL: The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama raises money to oppose President Barack Obama’s radical agenda and also to support http://www.BoycottHawaii.com.
http://www.CommitteeofOneMilliontoDefeatBarackObama.com
Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama’s political agenda is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA
http://www.facebook.com/AndyMartin

Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
[NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]

MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329 (cell not always on)
E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com
© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk caught in divorce lies

June 16, 2009

Kirk claimed that his Virginia divorce files were “unsealed” and open to the public. The Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria says Kirk’s files remain “sealed” and closed to the public.

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA COURT CLERK SAYS CONGRESSMAN MARK KIRK’S DIVORCE FILES ARE “SEALED.”

KIRK FALSELY CLAIMED THEY WERE “UNSEALED”

ANDY MARTIN IS ON THE CASE, DIGGING FOR THE FACTS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT MARK KIRK

(CHICAGO)(June 16, 2009) Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin announced today that Congressman Mark Kirk lied to the People of Illinois and the media when he falsely claimed that his divorce files had been “unsealed.” Martin contacted the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where Kirk was divorced, and was advised that the file was “sealed.”

Martin has sent Kirk a letter (see below) threatening to sue Kirk for access to the sealed divorce records. “It looks like we have another ‘Jack Ryan scandal’ on our hands,” Martin stated in releasing the Clerk’s response.

“The mystery over the rumors concerning Kirk’s private life, when now combined with his lies about ‘unsealed’ divorce files that are not in fact ‘unsealed,’ and remain secret, raise grave questions about Kirk’s judgment, integrity and fitness to be a candidate for statewide office. The Illinois Republican Party is already a national laughingstock over the way Jack Ryan imploded. It looks as though Kirk has not learned the lessons of Ryan’s campaign, and is seeking to trigger a new round of litigation about the secrets contained in Kirk’s divorce materials.

[In 2004, Jack Ryan denied there was anything embarrassing in his sealed divorce files. After he won the nomination to oppose Barack Obama, the Chicago Tribune sued to open Ryan’s sealed files. When the California divorce court ordered Ryan’s records made public, Ryan resigned as a candidate and helped power Obama into the U.S. Senate. Carpetbagger Alan Keyes “moved” to Illinois and made a fool out of himself and the Illinois Republicans who invited him to replace Ryan.]

“It is high time Kirk addressed both the rumors about his personal life and why he authorized the release of a lie to the media and public, falsely claiming his divorce case files had been opened to the public when that is in fact not the case.

“Kirk’s belief that the rumors will be contained if he runs for statewide office is delusional. Columnist Carol Marin has already made it clear that Barry Obama is going to trash any Republican who runs for his former senate seat. I call this the “Carol Marin Test.”
http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/1609739,
CST-EDT-carol07.article#

“By lying about his divorce files, and falsely claiming they are ‘unsealed,’ when in fact the Clerk says they are not, Kirk has embarrassingly failed the Marin hurdle. Obama and his Smearmacht are watching.

“We are continuing our investigation,” Martin said.

ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
“He Works for the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

June 16, 2009

Honorable Mark Kirk
U.S. Representative
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
via fax (202) 225-0837;
(847) 940-7143

Re: Scandal over your “sealed”/“unsealed” divorce records

Dear Representative Kirk:

Nothing will kill a politician faster than lying to the public.

When your divorce was “finalized,” the divorce files were sealed.

Your office then issued an explicit statement to the media that the divorce file was unsealed and open to public inspection.

As part of my due diligence, I contacted the Clerk of the Alexandria, Virginia Circuit Court and asked for access your divorce file.

This was the Clerk’s response earlier today:

Subject: RE: divorce file
Date: 6/16/2009 9:57:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
From: ed.semonian@alexandriava.gov
Reply To:
To: andymartinradio@aol.com
CC:
BCC:
Sent on:

Sent from the Internet (Details)
That file is sealed.

In other words, you or your representatives lied to the People of Illinois and the media when they claimed the file was unsealed.

In my earlier letter I reminded you of how Jack Ryan’s lying destroyed his campaign for senator and how he devastated the Illinois Republican Party, inflicting damage that continues to this date.

The Associated Press quoted you yesterday as saying you are raising money for a “big campaign.”
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=300688&src=3

Sadly, it appears you are proceeding along Jack Ryan’s path, and beginning your “big campaign” with a big lie.

Before I file suit against you and your former spouse in Virginia to open your divorce case, I would like to afford you until Thursday, June 18th to notify the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Alexandria that your divorce file should be unsealed, and that I am authorized to receive a copy of the complete file.

Failing same, we will be in court exposing your big lie, and seeking to put in the public domain the legal documents that you previously, and falsely, claimed had already been made public.

I would suggest you have your divorce attorneys contact me, and copy me with all of their correspondence with the Clerk.

I will be continuing my investigation to determine who actually made the misrepresentation to the media that the file had been “unsealed” when that was obviously a lie. The Clerk’s e-mail speaks for itself. I am making available to you a copy of the actual e-mail (as opposed to the text version above).

Let me be clear: I have said I would not exploit the facts concerning the rumors about your personal life. But I do believe you must address those rumors before you become a candidate.

Likewise, when you lie to the people, and falsely claim that a “sealed” file is “unsealed” when in fact it is not, then such lies have nothing to do with your “personal life” and everything to do with lying to the public. I will attack you for lying to the public and media.

For shame.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

AM:sp

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Readers of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, say the book is still the only gold standard and practical handbook on Barack Obama’s unfitness for the presidency. Buy it.
Book orders: Amazon.com or http://OrangeStatePress.com. Immediate shipment from Amazon.com or signed copies (delayed for signing) from the publisher are available.
——————————
URGENT APPEAL: The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama raises money to oppose President Barack Obama’s radical agenda and also to support http://www.BoycottHawaii.com.
http://www.CommitteeofOneMilliontoDefeatBarackObama.com
Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama’s political agenda is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
———————————–
Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA
http://www.facebook.com/AndyMartin

Andy’s columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
[NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]

MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329 (cell not always on)
E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com
© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

Andy Martin on anti-Semitism and the Washington Holocaust Museum rampage

June 13, 2009

Andy Martin responds to a column on anti-Semitism by Michael Gerson in the Washington Post.

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ANDY MARTIN RESPONDS TO MICHAEL GERSON’S COLUMN IN FRIDAY’S WASHINGTON POST

(CHICAGO)(June 13, 2009) Initially I wasn’t going to comment on the anti-Semitic rampage earlier this week at the Holocaust Museum in Washington. My desk is piled high with work that is past due, and I have several columns of my own that I want to get out. The vicious and senseless attack was obviously the work of a madman.
http://www.nypost.com/seven/06122009/postopinion
/opedcolumnists/jews_true_nemesis_173814.htm

But I was deeply moved by a column Friday in the Washington Post by Michael Gerson:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061103335.
html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Mr. Gerson crystallized the evil and insanity of anti-Semitism.

My own upbringing was rather philo-Semitic. When other kids were being taught about baseball, my mother was lecturing me on our family friend Dr. Sigmund Neumann, who had fled the Third Reich. I learned about the Nazis and their murderous regime at an early age. When I was old enough to have a paper route, Dr. Neumann used to invite me in for a chat. He was a scholar at Wesleyan University. The Nazis had burned his books.

As a small boy, I still vividly remember the first time one of my friends made an anti-Semitic statement. I was stunned. I still am. How could anyone have poisoned my friend’s mind at such a young age?

I was also exposed to bigotry against my own family. My mother’s side of the family is Greek-American. When we went to the beach every summer I was occasionally reminded that Greeks still could not buy property on Ocean Boulevard. That was reserved for “Yankees,” as some people are still called in New England. Greeks were relegated to the swamps and side streets.

My mother told me that growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire some kids used to yell ethnic epithets at her on the street. That discrimination left a lasting impression on me.

As a young student in England, I observed the still-raw wounds of World War II. One child in my prep school had been part of the kindertransport, and his adoptive parents had disguised his name to protect him from some future outbreak of anti-Semitism.

My own father was an anti-Nazi warrior who regaled me with stories of “killing Jerries” and training Jews to defend the Middle East. I thank God that dad was there as part of the Greatest Generation. He gave me the greatest gift.

One of my best friends, who died recently, was featured in a movie, The Richie Boys, about Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany and returned on D-Day to fight the Third Reich.

My friend was fabulously wealthy, and donated large sums of money to support good works in Israel, primarily reconciliation between Israelis and Arabs.

And here the story gets more complex.

I am obviously identified with criticism of the Israeli government and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Some Israelis and pro-Israel Americans like to brand anyone who challenges the occupation of Palestine as “anti-Semitic.” Its not anti-Semitism to challenge the Israeli government’s political and military policies.

When false accusations of anti-Semitism are used to silence critics of the Israeli government a potential anti-Semitic backlash can be created. Many Americans, including many Jews, are appalled at the lockstep, not to say goosestep, manner in which the U. S. Government has endorsed Israeli actions over the past decades.

I don’t agree with Barack Obama on many issues. But I do support his apparent efforts to level the playing field in the Middle East, and to return sanity to our government’s policy. And, of course, some Israelis are now accusing Obama of being an anti-Semite. Let me be clear, neither Obama nor I are anti-Semites. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush (I) George Bush (II) were also called anti-Semites by some Israelis. We are all in good company.

Although I disagreed with George W. Bush’s Middle East policies, there has never been a more pro-Israeli administration than Bush-Cheney’s. But pro-Israeli voters still abandoned the Republican Party for Obama. Go figure.

Last year during the heat of the election, Obama sent his rotund rogue Robert Gibbs to the Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes to falsely accuse me of being an anti-Semite. The Obama tactic was a crude distortion of the truth fostered by New York Times reporter James Rutenberg. The smear backfired. My profile rose after the Times and Fox News were used as mouthpieces to spread the anti-Semitic lie.

Transparently I was opposing Obama on political grounds. For Obama to authorize a smear against me, using false claims of anti-Semitism based on a decades-old lawsuit, was despicable conduct on his part. But Obama’s attack was also a compliment, confirming that his campaign staff feared my Internet newspaper’s influence over millions of voters. I am hopeful that some day Obama will apologize to me for his unfortunate behavior. (What the hell; he has apologized to everyone else.)

In the meantime, Mr. Gibbs has had to hire a lawyer and defend his malignant behavior in an Illinois court.

The truth is disarmingly simply. Decades ago, I was politically harassed by corrupt Democratic federal judges in Chicago. (I was rescued by Republican judges.) Thieves moved in to loot my property. Because all of my opponents in court were Jewish, I developed a claim of religious discrimination. But, in a second round of misuse of the law, crooked judges in New York and Connecticut tried to trump up my discrimination claim as “anti-Semitic.”

Their motive: Judge Jose Cabranes was a cocaine-crazed psycho who had been appointed as a federal judge to placate his own ethnic constituency. He had and has lived his entire life with rage at his own sense of inadequacy and unworthiness. When I stood before Cabranes and confronted him with his corruption, he exploded and retaliated by abusing his power as a judge to smear me.

In other words, the false accusations of anti-Semitism against me were nothing more than the efforts of a cocaine-crazed, crooked federal judge to harass me because I exposed him and touched his vulnerability. More amazingly, judicial careers were destroyed by Cabranes’ rage and venom. I attacked him and his fellow traveler Judge John O. Newman, and helped scuttle their nominations to the Supreme Court.

The lawyer who represented me against Cabranes’ depredations has advised me for 26 years and remains a friend.

In retrospect, my lawsuit was an unfortunate legal tactic, and I regret lodging the claim. Ironically, the U. S. Supreme Court soon upheld my legal theory in the federal discrimination case, in the unrelated proceeding of Shaare Tefila, 481 U.S. 615 (1987). Thus, my accusations of religious discrimination against the Connecticut crooks were legally arguable but unfortunately opened the door to false accusations of anti-Semitism against me.

Left-wing media try to portray me as anti-Semitic based on those events a quarter-century ago. They are pretty desperate to find dirt, and there is little of it in my long life.

As an aside, claims made in lawsuits are privileged precisely because people and their attorneys are often forced to make legal and factual claims which they do not personally endorse. That was my situation. I was not anti-Semitic, but was placed in a situation where my arguments could be distorted and falsely portrayed as anti-Semitic merely because I raised a claim of apparent bigotry.

Over the years I have collected money from people who falsely accused me of being anti-Semitic. I don’t sue in all instances, but I keep these lawsuits going to send a message: unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism are as irresponsible as anti-Semitism itself.

Of course, when people such as Obama and the New York Times trump up accusations of anti-Semitism against me, they usually boomerang. I hope to collect from the New York Times before that newspaper goes bankrupt.

The Andy Martin Peace Plan for the Middle East, which I announced in July 2000, called for protecting both Israelis and Palestinians with U. S. troops. Someone who is wiling to risk U. S. lives to defend both Israelis and Palestinians is hardly anti-Semitic. A decade later, the Andy Martin Peace Plan is now finding increased support as a pragmatic solution to the endless conflict between Israelis and Palestinians; I am proud of my ongoing efforts to foster peace in the Middle East.

Those of us who are active in working for genuine peace in the Middle East are still forced to defend against false accusations of anti-Semitism when we challenge Israeli government policies. Israelis who equate criticism of their government with anti-Semitism bear false fitness to anti-Semitism itself. Political criticism and anti-Semitism are not the same.

Sadly, there is very little that can be done to punish the anti-Semitic lunatic who attacked the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday. At his age and in his state of mind, punishment is problematic. We are left with a horrific crime for despicable reasons, in which the law is largely powerless to extract an adequate punishment.

Left-wing Democrats have now suggested that anti-Semitism is a right-wing or “conservative media” virus. Nothing could be further from the truth. But ultimately, for either Democrats or the mainstream media to politicize and propagandize with false accusations of anti-Semitism is disgraceful behavior.

A few closing thoughts.

My first day in high school, a football player was harassing a Jewish kid in our class, Stephen Mayer. He was making fun of Mayer’s religion. I told the football guy to stop, and when he didn’t, I beat the crap out of him. He never made another anti-Semitic remark in my presence.

My entire life has been devoted to fighting bullies and crooks, wherever they are found, but usually in government, the courts and politics. In my prequel to Obama’s Cairo speech, I offered to march hand-in-hand with pro-Israel senators and representatives who back a balanced U. S. policy and a just peace:
http://www.contrariancommentary.com/community/
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There has never been any room for anti-Semitism in my life. Not when I defended Steve Mayer, not today, not ever.

There was one point Mr. Gerson left out of his very moving and pertinent discussion of anti-Semitism in the Washington Post. Fear. One of the goals of anti-Semitism is to make people fearful, to depersonalize and dehumanize them. That is how the Holocaust in Germany became possible.

We must always be on guard to fight against fear, and those who would make us fearful. One of the greatest gifts America has given all of us is freedom from fear. We are free to live our lives in peace and freedom. On Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, Muslims and Jews live and trade in peace. Everywhere, we respect each other and support each other’s freedom to live in peace and safety, free from any form of fear. Freedom-from-fear is an American value; it is part of our national character. It is our legacy from the past, and our enduring gift to future generations. We must never let evil gain a toehold in our society.

Today, Barack Obama’s admirer Hugo Chavez is spreading anti-Semitism in Venezuela. Because I once had a Venezuelan Jewish girlfriend, who was a refugee from Egypt, she warned me very early about Chavez’ evil potential. If I could send Obama a message, it would be, “Speak out against Chavez. Don’t let his evil pass. Don’t let Chavez poison the Americas with anti-Semitism.”

When the New York Times lodged its false accusations of anti-Semitism against me last year, my Jewish friend was the first person on the phone offering unlimited financial assistance to mount a media counterattack. I have a deep and abiding loyalty to my departed friend. While I don’t have the resources he did to work for peace, I do have a voice.

That voice will always be raised in chorus with Mr. Gerson. Anti-Semitism is evil, and we should confront and attack anti-Semitism everywhere and wherever we find it.

That’s the American way.

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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

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Mark Kirk supporter threatens Andy Martin with retaliation

June 13, 2009

An angry supporter of Congressman Mark Kirk for the U.S. Senate slams Andy Martin for questioning the Representative’s “fire in the belly” to actually announce that he is a candidate.

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Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MARK KIRK SUPPORTER HAS HIS KNICKERS IN A TWIST OVER ANDY MARTIN

“COFFEE AND DONUTS” KIRK SHOULD BE MEETING WITH HIS STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN BRAIN TRUST, IF THERE IS ONE, SATURDAY, TO MAKE SERIOUS PLANS, NOT DONUT-EATING,” SAYS ANDY MARTIN

“PERSONAL ATTACKS BY MARK KIRK’S BACKERS SHOW ME KIRK IS ALREADY MELTING,” SAYS ANDY

(CHICAGO)(June 13, 2009) Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin will continue “Kirk Week” as Martin maintains his U. S. Senate campaign in attack mode with a series of hard-hitting news conferences and commentaries on his potential opponent, Mark Kirk. Today, Saturday, June 13th Martin comments on a Kirk supporter who has threatened Martin with retaliation.

Unfortunately, the supporter does not respond either to the substance of Andy’s claims concerning Kirk’s stands on issues, or respond to the rumors that are circulating about Kirk’s personal life.

“This is a perfect case of ‘ostrichism,’” says Andy Martin. “I am sure Mark Kirk is a nice guy. I bear him no ill will. But Kirk’s ‘supporter’ who attacked me, a fact that was confirmed by a simple check of the supporter’s Facebook page (see below), shows a naiveté about Obama-era politics. The ‘angry supporter’ can’t win against the Democrats with a ‘candidate’ who is hiding his head in the sand; as a backer, he can’t hide his own head in the sand either.

“Mr. Kirk can’t even make up his mind about whether to become a candidate, 52 days before petition circulation starts. How is he going to be able to handle the run-and-gun of the Obama Smear Machine?

“Saturday morning Kirk will be doing coffee and donuts:

This Saturday is our meeting with Cong. Mark Kirk here at HQ, 909 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights (southeast of Palatine Road, northwest of Dryden in the Centrum Building across from Blockbuster)………………Come on time at 8:30 a.m.; we’ll have coffee, juice and breakfast baked goods available to you, as usual, and Mark has a full schedule, so it’s especially vital that we fill the room as close to 8:30 as possible.

“In the meantime, Kirk’s statewide ‘campaign’ is becalmed. Is that the way a candidate for U. S. Senator behaves? I don’t think many experienced statewide consultants would say that leaving matters to the last minute reflects a very strong urge to become a candidate.

“As for Kirk’s supporter who threatened me, I won’t release his name (unless you send me an e-mail and ask for it), but you can find him on Facebook. Look at the bottom of his page, where he is listed as a supporter of ‘Kirk for Senate,’ and the ‘Illinois McKennacrat Party,’ and lists Andy McKenna as a ‘Facebook friend:’

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.
php?sid=cd626379b2a4ba2b960592e625f0276c&id
=1528995884&hiq=jim%2Cmclaughlin&ref=search

PagesSee All (3) Illinois Republican Party
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Congressman Mark Kirk
Politician
GroupsSee All (2) Member of:Northfield Township Republican Organization, Mark Kirk For Senate

“Now if only this angry gentleman had an actual candidate for U. S. Senator, he would not have to send Pecksniffian e-mails to the real candidates in the race.

“Finally, although Mr. Kirk’s supporter was angry and threatening, I did not respond in kind, and I will not respond in kind. Mr. Kirk is a really nice man. I just do not believe he has the ‘fire in the belly’ to run for the U. S. Senate.

“I promised to be polite to Mr. Kirk’s supporter if he called me, and I will be polite to any Republican that wants to call to agree, or disagree, with me. Just pick up the phone and say hello. Hey, I’m a nice guy too. Only I have personal experience with Obama’s Smearmacht, and I am prepared to give as good as I get.

“Best wishes to all, and especially to Mark’s supporters. I’m not angry with Mark, so please do not be angry with me for running a tough campaign for the nomination. I want to win. Mark apparently hasn’t made up his mind yet.”

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Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama’s political agenda is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

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Andy Martin challenges Cong. Mark Kirk to confront “rumors”

June 12, 2009

Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says Representative Mark Kirk should address rumors about his personal life before, not after, he seeks to run against Martin for the U. S. Senate

ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
“He Works for the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

June 11, 2009

Honorable Mark Kirk
U.S. Representative
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
via fax (202) 225-0837;
(847) 940-7143

Dear Representative Kirk:

It is my understanding that you are considering running against me for the U.S. Senate nomination in 2010.

Earlier this week, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin posited that any Republican senate candidate will come under attack from Barack Obama’s smear-and-slime machine. I know what Obama’s people are like. In 2008 they attacked me in the New York Times, as well as with bogus Internet activity. But, after digging, all they could come up with was old lawsuits having no connection to the present. Nevertheless, my experience was instructive.

You probably remember what the media did to Jack Ryan in 2004. It was not a coincidence that Obama’s smear artists trumped up the disclosures about Jack. They also smeared Blair Hull with marital problems in the 2004 primary. And in 2008 they slimed Senator John McCain in the pages of the same New York Times that was used to smear me. Once again, McCain’s marital issues were front page news.

You are aware, of course, about the rumors concerning your personal life. Tom Roeser, a blogger, alluded to these rumors earlier this week:

But his divorce which threatened at one time to be nasty has turned amicable which removes one great liability. http://www.tomroeser.com

I want you to know if the rumors are true, I will not use them against you or exploit them in the primary. But Obama will use them against you if you win the primary. He has a history of using sex scandals to discredit both Democrats and Republicans. Carol Marin’s Sun-Times story suggested Obama will use his own personal praetorian guard to smear any Republican candidate. “Any Republican seriously thinking of running for Senate will have to run against Obama.”
http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/1609739,CST-EDT-carol07.article

I can deal with Obama’s smears. Can you?

Illinois is a pretty tolerant and forgiving place. But when candidates try to keep secrets from the public, those tactics inevitably backfire.

I would urge you to look within yourself to decide (i) if the rumors are indeed true and (ii) whether the Illinois Republican Party would be better served by full disclosure sooner rather than later.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

AM:sp

ANDY MARTIN
Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
“He Works for the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

June 11, 2009

Mr. Andy McKenna
Illinois Republican Party
Suite 1245
205 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60606
via fax (312) 201-0181

Dear Andy:

As you know, since we first encountered each other in 2003 we have been adversaries. You hired a Democratic lawyer, Andy Raucci, to undermine my candidacy, and that set us off.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with adversarial relationships in politics. People see others as rivals, etc. and act accordingly.

However, today America is imperiled by the Obama juggernaut.

If there is any basis for us to try to work together for the good of the Republican Party and American people, I am open to exploring that possibility.

We don’t have to like each other to work together.

During the 2008 presidential election, I came under investigation and attack by the Barack Obama slime-and-smear machine. They dug as deeply as they could, and all they could unearth about me were lawsuits more than a quarter of a century old. In a very practical sense, I have been battled tested and combat hardened by my experience with Obama. There are no secrets in my past.

I am concerned by the drumbeat of rumors concerning Mark Kirk and his “Jack Ryan” problem. Mark’s situation is not one that I will use against him in the primary if he decides to run against me in the U. S. Senate race. But voters deserve to be told openly and candidly if there is a problem before the primary, not afterwards, so the Party is not embarrassed again as it was during the Jack Ryan imbroglio.

In some sense, the Ryan fiasco elected Barack Obama, and the IRP has not recovered from that episode. We don’t want a repeat of the Ryan revelations.

If you would like to sit down and discuss matters, I am open to meeting at our mutual convenience. We may decide we can’t work together, or we may decide we can; there is no harm in reviewing the possibilities.

Sincerely yours,

ANDY MARTIN

AM:sp

“What was Mark Kirk thinking?”

June 12, 2009

Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is not ready to handle a U. S. Senate campaign and should bow out immediately.

“What was Kirk thinking?”

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com
http://www.AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

REPRESENTATIVE MARK KIRK IS NOT EVEN A CANDIDATE YET, AND HE’S ALREADY STEPPING IN HIS OWN DOO DOO

MARTIN SAYS KIRK SHOULD “END THE ‘SUSPENSE’” AND BOW OUT OF THE SENATE CAMPAIGN IMMEDIATELY

(CHICAGO)(June 12, 2009) Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin continues “Kirk Week” and maintains his U. S. Senate campaign in attack mode with the following “dividend” from today’s Washington Post:

Democrats to Rep. Mark: Now Who’s Un-American?

During the Bush era, it was Republicans who often hurled charges of un-American sentiments at their Democratic rivals. Now the tables have turned, and Democrats are hammering Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for a comment he made on a recent trip to China.

In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Kirk said he told Chinese officials “the budget numbers that the U.S. Government has put forward should not be believed.” He went on to say that Congress will wind up spending even more. (Here’s a link to a video of the speech put on YouTube by Talking Points Memo.)

Democratic operatives aren’t letting this one go. They’re fixated on Kirk’s declaration that the U.S. budget numbers “should not be believed.” In other words, Democrats charge, Kirk is calling his own country a liar.

“After helping get us into this current economic crisis by supporting President Bush’s failed economic policies, Congressman Mark Kirk went to China and told Chinese officials that the American government was not to be trusted,” says Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Kirk’s questioning of America while representing our government in China is incredibly irresponsible and endangers the American economy.”

We asked Congressman Kirk if he really meant that America cannot be trusted, as Democrats are charging. Without directly answering the question, here is how Kirk’s spokesman, Eric Elk, replied:

“Congressman Kirk said what American and Chinese readers see daily in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. As China lent more and more to the U.S., its leaders are getting used to watching Congress spend much more than expected. What is changing is China’s willingness to keep lending. The Congressman is very concerned about the government’s spending and growing deficit.

We know that Standard & Poors and Fitch rating agencies have informed the British government that their spending and debt have jeopardized their AAA rating. Loss of a. AAA rating would push mortgage interest rates up. The congressman is working to ensure the United States does not suffer this fate family savings are founded on the soundness of the U.S. dollar. Since World War I, the dollar served as the world’s reserve currency, insulating Americans against inflation and the volatility of foreign currency markets.”

Kirk, who announced earlier this month that he and his wife of eight years, Kimberly Ann Vertolli, are divorcing, is a prime target of Democrats in the next election cycle. The congressman has hinted he may run for either governor of Illinois in 2010 or for the Senate seat currently held by Roland Burris.

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a potential future rival of Kirk who has already declared his candidacy for the Senate seat Burris now holds, is also attacking Kirk as un-American.

“In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Mark Kirk is essentially telling China, which holds more U.S. debt than any nation on earth, not to trust the American government, and by extension, the American people,” Giannoulias said in a statement. “This puts the full faith and credit of the United States at risk and threatens to permanently wreak havoc on the credit markets that are essential to our recovery and our economic future.”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2009/06/democrats_to_rep_mark_now_whos.html?hpid=sec-politics

“What was Kirk thinking,” Martin asks? “I think Kirk should end the pseudo-‘suspense’ and bow out of the Senate race before he makes himself unelectable to any office. He’s not ready for prime time.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA

His columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
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Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin roils Illinois U S senate election

June 12, 2009

Martin is set to release copies of letters he has sent to Representative Mark Kirk and Illinois Republican leader Andy McKenna

“Is Senator John Cornyn trying to sell Illinois Republicans a ‘pig in a poke’?”

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ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

INTERNET POWERHOUSE ANDY MARTIN KEEPS ROILING THE 2010 ILLINOIS U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN BY CONTINUING “KIRK WEEK”

TODAY MARTIN RELEASES LETTERS HE HAS SENT TO REPRESENTATIVE MARK KIRK AND ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN ANDY MCKENNA

MARTIN SAYS KIRK OWES ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS ANSWERS ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE BEFORE THE PRIMARY, NOT AFTERWARDS

(CHICAGO)(June 12, 2009) Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin will continue “Kirk Week” as Martin maintains his U. S. Senate campaign in attack mode with a series of hard-hitting news conferences. Today, Friday, June 12th (details below) Martin releases letters Martin has sent to Representative Mark Kirk and Illinois republican Chairman Andy McKenna.

“Today I am delivering letters of inquiry to potential 2010 U. S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk, and Illinois Republican Chairman Andy McKenna,” Martin will state.

“Based on information circulating on blogs and elsewhere, my letter to Kirk concerns matters that Representative Kirk needs to consider and address openly and honestly.

“Likewise, my letter to McKenna asks where we go from here, in light of the challenges faced by the Republican Party.

“Earlier this week I distilled the ‘Carol Marin Test’ from a column by Chicago Sun-Times writer Carol Marin.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/1609739,CST-EDT-carol07.article#

“In sum and substance, Marin makes clear that Barack Obama is personally going to unleash his attack dogs on any Republican who wants to take the ‘Obama seat’ in the U. S. Senate. Obama’s obsession means that any Republican candidate is going to come under Obama’s usual form of character assassination and personal smears. Obama and Axelrod did this to Blair Hull, to Jack Ryan, and to Senator John McCain. In the cases of Hull and Ryan, Obama’s personal smears inflicted lethal blows.

“Liberals are already salivating at the prospect of a Kirk campaign, and demanding to ‘know’ what Kirk is hiding:

Is Mark Kirk Running for IL Senator Spot?
by possiblefuture

Wed May 06, 2009 at 02:58:49 PM PDT
Chicago Daily Observor confidently declares that Mark Kirk will not run for Burris’s Senate seat, but will seek re-election to his IL-10 House seat.
See below:
• possiblefuture’s diary :: ::

Mark Kirk. U. S. Rep. Mark Kirk, preferred by GOP ticket-planners to run for either governor or senator, will decline both jobs in order to seek reelection to his House seat, I have been told on what I believe is excellent authority. The reason is not political but personal. His decision will likely be spun as acknowledgment that no Republican can win either race… a conclusion the liberal media will quickly buy and propagate: but the true reason lies not in politics but with other concerns. This decision leaves the list wide open for the two top spots, governor and senator. Kirk was the odds-on favorite of liberal media and prominent GOP fund-raisers who have sought to raise double-digit millions for him and the ticket, if he were to have run for governor. At the same time, it was noted that Kirk’s strong pro-abort positions and other liberal stances… i.e. his support of the so-called “hate crimes” legislation… would deprive him of social conservative support in the primary-but the ticket-builders argued that this could be offset by other candidates on the ticket: a conclusion that has been widely disputed. My own feeling is that Kirk would be a better choice for U.S. Senator than governor-although I wouldn’t have voted for him for either job. ** Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Chicago Daily Observer Editorial Board.
Well, at least one announcement actually did came out — Kirk is finally finishing up his divorce (see Politico column, “Shenanigans”:
“Rep. Mark Kirk is almost officially divorced. ‘Congressman Kirk is separated from his wife, and they are working out the final divorce details,’ his spokesman confirmed to Shenan.”
However, even though he promised an announcement at the end of April after months of mulling about it, this is not the announcement Republicans were waiting for. Kirk has not yet announced what he is going to do about statewide office.
Although Chicago Daily Observer and his excellent authority have it wrong (at this point), it leaves some interesting questions.
Why the delay? Why the Hamlet act? What’s behind the indecision? The Republicans are dying for Kirk to step up and go after the seat. They’re ready to throw big money at Kirk to claim Obama’s former seat, even though he is a moderate Republican, voted for SCHIP and the first bailout. But what is Kirk afraid will be revealed? Getting a divorce is not a scarlet letter anymore, even among Republicans. Sure, they might squawk a little about divorce…a worse attack on marriage than same sex marriage.
So, what is the problem? Inquiring minds want to know!
UPDATE: Crain’s Chicago Businessreports on Kirk’s possible wavering.
So, why is he wavering?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/5/6/728567/-Is-Mark-Kirk-Running-for-IL-Senator-Spot

“Is Mark Kirk up to defending himself against the personal revelations that Obama and David Axelrod are going to direct at Kirk?

“Senator John Cornyn has been promoting Kirk’s candidacy. Is Cornyn aware of the blog postings and rumors? Or is Cornyn trying to sell Illinois voters a ‘pig in a poke?’”

“Obama has already taken his best shot at me. He tried to smear me on the front page of the New York Times last year, and it boomeranged. They had to go back 35 years to find lies. We have had the New York Times in court since then; they are spending a fortune defending their distortions and misrepresentations.

“No one doubts if anyone throws mud at me, I will throw it right back, and I know how. So in my case as a nominee, maybe the Democrats will avoid smears and try addressing the issues, for a change.

“As a 2010 primary candidate I know we are going to see the usual Chicago Tribune’s Rick Pearson column the week before the primary detailing the same stale accusations that my opponents always make and which usually create a backlash in my favor.

“But what about Kirk? Does he have a ‘Jack Ryan problem?’ I think Kirk owes us an open and honest answer now, not later. Jack Ryan’s inability to confront his own life created chaos in 2004 and inflicted damage on the Illinois Republican Party that is still having an impact.

“My letters pose difficult questions for both men. But Republicans are entitled to answers. We will release the texts this afternoon at 4:00 P.M.,” Martin says.

June 10th news conference details:

WHO:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE:

Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Chicago

WHEN:

Friday, June 12, 2009 4:00 P.M.

WHAT:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin sends Representative Mark Kirk and Illinois Republican Chairman Andy McKenna letters concerning the 2010 U. S. Senate primary

MEDIA
CONTACT:

(866) 706-2639; Cell (917) 664-9329 (not always turned on)

WEBSITE:

http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL:

AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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NEWS CONFERENCE: Mark Kirk is an anti-Second Amendment Extremist

June 11, 2009

Andy Martin says liberal media in Chicago are trying to sabotage the Republican Party by supporting an anti-Second Amendment zealot as a candidate for the U. S. Senate.

“Mark Kirk is an anti-Second Amendment extremist”

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

INTERNET POWERHOUSE ANDY MARTIN KEEPS ROILING THE 2010 ILLINOIS U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN BY CONTINUING “KIRK WEEK” AND PROCLAIMING MARK KIRK AN “ANTI-SECOND AMENDMENT EXTREMIST”

MARTIN SAYS A KIRK PROPOSAL WOULD HAND OBAMA STOOGE ERIC HOLDER THE POWER TO BAN GUNS IN AMERICA

(CHICAGO)(June 11, 2009) Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin will continue “Kirk Week” as Martin maintains his U. S. Senate campaign in attack mode with a series of Illinois news conferences. Today, Thursday, June 11th (details below) Martin proclaims Representative Mark Kirk an “anti-Second Amendment extremist.”

“I am just amazed,” says Martin, “that Senator John Cornyn, who supports gun rights in Texas, would come to Illinois and ask Republicans to nominate a gun control nut for the U. S. senate.

“Mark Kirk is an anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment extremist. In the current congress he has sponsored a law that would empower Obama stooge Eric Holder with the authority to ‘ban’ people from owning firearms. This is nothing les than a totalitarian, not to say unconstitutional, proposal.
http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=4879

“The Illinois State rifle Association considers Kirk anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment.

ISRA ALERT – REP. MARK KIRK NEEDS TO HEAR FROM GUN OWNERS

As many of you may know, 10th District Congressman Mark Kirk is certainly no friend of the law-abiding firearm owner. Over the years, he has supported every gun bill to come down the pike. Most recently , he sponsored federal legislation that would revive and toughen the Clinton “assault weapons” ban.

*****

3. Politely ask Kirk direct questions about his views on private firearm ownership. Ask him why he introduced the legislation renewing the Clinton gun ban. Ask Kirk if he knows that there are over 1.5 million law-abiding firearm owners in Illinois and whether he realizes that, as either governor or senator, he would have the obligation to represent their interests.

“As a blog posting at IllinoisCarry.com has said:

It is indeed sad to see RINO Mark Kirk’s name right up there in HR2159 with such names as Charles The Tax Cheat Rangle and Carolyn Second Amendment Denier McCarthy. A man is known by the company he keeps.

http://illinoiscarry.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=16057&pid=157969&mode=threaded&start=

“Enough. The liberal Chicago news media are trying to defeat the Republican Party by supporting a U. S. Senate candidate who is one of the most anti-second Amendment extremists in Congress. I am not going to say, as some have, that Kirk is not a Republican. He represents a liberal district. But Kirk has shown no courage in trying to change the views of his liberal constituents. He is their liberal ‘slave.’ We do not need a Republican ‘slave’ to Barack Obama in the U. S. Senate.

“I will say that Mark Kirk as a Republican U S. Senate candidate is a joke. Run Mark, run,” Martin will state. “I want to take you on in the primary.

“Now we know why I call Andy McKenna and his Daley Machine handlers ‘McKennacrats.’ They are trying to shove Mark Kirk down our throats. McKenna is working overtime: to defeat Republicans and elect Democrats. But Kirk may be smarter than we think, in refusing to announce his candidacy; he doesn’t wasn’t to start an uprising among Illinois’s millions of gun owners.”

June 11th news conference details:

WHO:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE:

Sidewalk/main entrance to DuPage County Courthouse, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton

WHEN:

Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:00 A.M.

WHAT:

Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Representative Mark Kirk is an “anti-Second Amendment extremist” who wants to empower the Obama Administration to eliminate private ownership of firearms.

MEDIA
CONTACT:

(866) 706-2639; Cell (917) 664-9329 (not always turned on)

WEBSITE:

http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL:

AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

——————————————
Readers of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, say the book is still the only gold standard and practical handbook on Barack Obama’s unfitness for the presidency. Buy it.
Book orders: Amazon.com or http://OrangeStatePress.com. Immediate shipment from Amazon.com or signed copies (delayed for signing) from the publisher are available.
——————————
URGENT APPEAL: The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama raises money to oppose President Barack Obama’s radical agenda and also to support http://www.BoycottHawaii.com.
http://www.CommitteeofOneMilliontoDefeatBarackObama.com
Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama’s political agenda is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
“The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, no fat cats and no illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to almost everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised a billion dollar slush fund, his opponents lack sufficient resources. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of 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.

UPDATES: http://www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSA

His columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
[NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]

MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329 (cell not always on)
E-MAIL: AndyMart20@aol.com
© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.