Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin roils Illinois U S senate election

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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(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.,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?

“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:


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,


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


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


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