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

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

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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

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