“Man in the room” calls Mike Ditka a “liar”

Mike Ditka continues to generate controversy over his U. S. Senate “endorsement” scandal. U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin publishes extracts from a blog attacking Ditka as a “liar.” Martin says that Pat Hughes’ supporters are like “rival street gangs” that have unfairly maligned Ditka.

Ditka, Hughes supporters engaged in “battle of the blogs”

Anonymous Hughes operative calls Ditka a “liar”

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Hughes backer uses “L” word to describe Mile Ditka’s actions

(CHICAGO)(October 19, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin became the center of a new round of continuing controversy in the Mike Ditka/Patrick Hughes “Endorsementgate” scandal over the weekend as critics and supporters of Pat Hughes battled among themselves over what Ditka said and didn’t say in “Endorsementgate.”

An anonymous Hughes operative openly called Mike Ditka a liar.

“I was not ‘in the room,’” Andy Martin stated, “but a Hughes supporter who claims he was ‘in the room’ is calling Mike Ditka a liar. The ‘L’ word is now out there, thrown at Mike Ditka by Pat Hughes’ supporters. Who are these anonymous chumbolones? As a U. S. Senate candidate, all I did was basic fact checking; I looked for the truth. But I apparently opened the door for all of Pat Hughes’ ‘creepy crawlies’ to scamper out of their caves.

“Like rival street gangs, Hughes own supporters are battling among themselves over what Mike Ditka said. The attacks on Ditka, as well as the defenses, are now increasingly being played out in the blogosphere.

“What no one disputes is that Pat Hughes is an incompetent candidate who had no business running for the U. S. Senate. Hughes managed to take a beloved Chicago institution, Mike Ditka, and drag him into the mud. The latest accusations against Ditka are sad, and reflect the growing desperation of Hughes’ diehard supporters.

“Rather than put my own spin on Hughes’ supporters, I will just let them speak for themselves. Below I reproduce their own blog comments. Bottom line: Pat Hughes should be ashamed of himself, and his supporters,” Martin said. “Please note: none of the following comments or posts are by me or anyone associated by me. Here are Hughes’ own ‘supporters’ in their own words:”


He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned is claiming that Mike Ditka did not endorse Pat Hughes. Seems to have some quotes posted re: same.

Truth or Dare?

Posted by: ? | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 08:58 PM

Dear ?,

Actually, He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned is correct. As much as that pains me to say it.

I personally spoke with Ditka’s business manager yesterday to warn him of He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned’s plan to picket Ditka’s restaurant. Ditka’s manager claimed that Mike did not endorse Hughes but merely agreed with two points Hughes made.
By the way, I could here Mike in the background going off about this and I can tell you that he does not like our little disliked friend “He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned”.

Posted by: Inside Information | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 09:48 PM

Thanks for the clarification, Inside Info. I was a little surprised by the “endorsement”.

I like Mike. Tak?

Posted by: ? | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:25 PM

So we are actually dealing with FACTS in these posts – several things:

Paul Caprio has not worked for Hughes or the Hughes campaign since September 30, 2009.

Paul Caprio has not been paid by Hughes or the Hughes Campaign since September 30, 2009.

At the July meeting in Willowbrook Paul Caprio was not working for or paid by Hughes or the Hughes campaign. Further, Paul Caprio’s relationship and assistance with STOP-IT had ended several months prior.

Morever, Mike Ditka DID ENDORSE PATRICK HUGHES–unlike anyone on this post, I was actually in the room. Mike Ditka said (as emphatically as possible) that he supports Patrick Hughes, that he will do everything in his power to assist Pat Hughes in his bid for the US Senate, encouraged everyone in attendance to support Pat Hughes (with both money and whatever other support they were able to give). No amount of lies and conjecture can take away from what actually happened – the truth.
People should stop speculating on this blog (and elsewhere) about matters which they have no personal knowledge or credible information. Its damaging to people affected, damaging to our hope to get a true conservative into the US Senate and, in most cases, defamatory.

Posted by: Conservative. | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:29 PM

I would like to see unity around Hughes too.

But a big Hughes problem is Caprio doing goofy things like this. How about getting more endorsements than a piddly 6 (counting Caprio himself), before calling on others to drop out. This is just embarrassing and it’s why Hughes is having a tougher time making the case that he’s THE guy.

This is the problem with many self-appointed conservative “leaders.” They like to spend time on this kind of wheel spinning and “look at me” self promotion, instead of doing real work that might elect some conservative candidates.

Posted by: Reality check | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Once we see the FEC campaign financials through September 30th filings for the U.S. senate race posted on the FEC website (hopefully by the end of the weekend), we will then know who among the declared Republican candidates who should drop out.

Posted by: The Oncoming Storm | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 11:43 PM


Mike Ditka was right there at the other end of the phone when I had the discussion with his manager. Your accusation that I do not have personal knowledge or credible information which is defamatory is far from correct. I would never make a comment like I did unless it was directly quoted to me by the party involved.
Please understand, I am not saying you were not in the room with Mike Ditka when he said what he said, but don’t go running off at the mouth and accuse me of telling lies. I only supplied information about what Mike and his manager said to me when I tried to warn them about an idiot that was going to picket Mike’s establishment.

You can accuse them of lying if you want, but take your false accusations against me and stick them in your shady side.

Posted by: Inside Information | Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 07:54 AM

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