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Andy Martin: a passion for public service and public integrity. Please vote February 2nd

February 2, 2010

Andy Martin recalls forty years of public service to the people of Illinois, and promises a renewed passion to rebuild the Illinois economy. Martin makes an appeal for votes in the February 2nd Illinois Republican primary.

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February 2, 2010

Dear Republican:

Now it’s up to you. Please vote. We need every vote. We need the votes of your family and friends. Just two years ago in the U. S. Senate primary I received nearly a quarter of a million votes (240,548). That was a presidential year when turnouts are traditionally higher. But if we could get everyone who voted for me in 2008 to vote for me in 2010, we could win the U. S. Senate nomination and change the politics of this state.

Monday we completed a 700-mile trip across the State of Illinois. We met with both media and ordinary citizens. The response from local Republicans was always enthusiastic.

All of the Republican senate candidates have adopted roughly similar platforms. All of them claim to oppose gun control. All of them claim to oppose abortion. One candidate calls himself as “Reagan conservative.” Puuuulease. All of us are Reagan conservatives. No candidate has a monopoly on President Reagan.

So why vote for me?

In one word: passion.

As campaigns wear on, candidate stock speeches often get stale. But I don’t have a stock speech. Every speech I give every day is new, fresh, original.

My opponents look at politics as a vocation, a business, a profit-making venture. I consider the opportunity for public service a call to arms, a call to action, a call to passion.

Ever since I began fighting local corruption as a young law student at the University of Illinois, my passion for corruption-fighting and for public integrity has distinguished me from my competitors. Over forty years ago a background check found that I was a leading conservative and a staunch opponent of the New Left. No other “conservative” Republican has my forty-year record to offer you as a starting point for service in the U. S. Senate.

Most candidates go through the motions with little emotional investment in the outcome. Voters want “jobs?” They discuss jobs. They deliver what the public appears to want. They use polls to test their responses.

I don’t need a poll to tell me our nation is under attack; our values, our way of life, our economic system are under attack from Democrats in Washington and Springfield. I see Illinois cities hurting. I see politicians profiting while the people are impoverished. I see Illinois futures dying and children leaving.

I promise you a passionate defense of American values. I promise you a passionate attack on the economic problems that confront Illinois. My plan to use high-speed passenger rail development to jump start economic development is a commitment I believe in.

Over thirty years ago my passion for the people of Rockford and Winnebago led me to answer a call to help local residents fight for better transportation. We went to the Governor’s office to protest cuts in Highway 51. I proposed we create a new Interstate highway. My efforts culminated in the construction of Interstate 39.

Yesterday I drove on I-39. My concept had been turned into concrete. My dreams had been realized. I saw an incredible stream of trucks carrying commerce across the state. How would we have accomplished the same goals if the opponents of I-39 had succeeded? My passion carried the day. Today the highway I helped create delivers the goods.

Now I have to ask for some of your passion. The forces of corruption and inertia are in control of both political parties. Politicians become more and more powerful as our state teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. I need your passion, your commitment, your energy to vote for me.

Please vote for real change, not hollow promises. Please vote for a proven champion who has delivered real results. Please vote for the future of today’s children and grandchildren. We cannot fail. We cannot tire. We must succeed to save Illinois from the forces of corruption and calamity.

Together we can succeed. Together we can build high-speed rail into a major new economic engine of this state. Together we can preserve our home towns and expand economic prosperity to every corner of this state. Together.

I am ready to serve you in Washington.

So vote. Please vote for our future. Vote for a better and brighter future. Vote for the future of this great state of Illinois. I need your vote.

My pledge is a simple one. To follow God’s plan for us. The Prophet Micah (6:8) says that we must “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” That is my promise to you.

If we band together as a team, our votes collectively can become a powerful force in Illinois politics. Your vote is needed and appreciated, today. I ask you again for your vote. Thank you.

As always,



“Illinois Tough” U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin heads to Rockford

January 19, 2010

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold Rockford and Lake Forest news conferences today as he takes his surging senate campaign across northern Illinois. Tuesday evening Martin will address a meeting of Winnebago County Republicans.

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Rockford news conference today, Tuesday, as his campaign continues to surge after last Thursday’s WLS-TV debate victory

TUESDAY NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin, “The Father of Interstate-39,” promises to connect Rockford to a high-speed rail network and upgrade Rockford Airport connections

Martin adds a Lake Forest news conference today to challenge so-called conservatives WLS-AM’s Don and Roma to stop playing “patty cake” with Mark Kirk

Martin’s campaign rapidly expands to fill the vacuum left by the implosion of Patrick Hughes’ campaign

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Andy Martin will hold a Rockford news conference today and then address a meeting of Winnebago County Republicans

Martin, who is recognized as the “Father of Interstate-39,” will promise to connect Rockford to high-speed rail links and upgrade Rockford Airport

In Lake Forest, Martin will challenge WLS-AM’s “Don and Roma” to stop asking Mark Kirk softball questions on their program.

(ROCKFORD, IL)(January 19, 2010) “Illinois Tough” Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Rockford news conference today Tuesday, January 19th to hammer away at the need for a new high-speed rail system connecting Rockford to Chicago. Martin will then speak to a meeting of Winnebago County Republicans.

“Republicans are desperate for an alternative to the effete Mr. Kirk. Kirk has never appeared at a single public function since becoming a candidate for senator, and always insists on controlled-access locations. I have become the ‘Kirk Killer.’

“The media are pro-Kirk, and anti-Martin, but like moths drawn to a candle, they keep attacking me and focusing on my campaign. Why? I have stripped the bark off Kirk’s bogus military accomplishments as well as other unsavory aspects of his life in Congress. Nuff said. Kirk remains in seclusion.

“Tonight, on a positive note, I will renew my pledge and promise Winnebago Republicans to replicate my effort which led to the construction of Interstate 39, by building a new high-speed rail link for Rockford, and by also upgrading the Rockford Airport. I am the only candidate for U. S. Senator who is a ‘builder’ with a proven record of delivering for Winnebago County. If you don’t believe me, come to Rockford and see Interstate Highway 39 that I brought into existence,” Martin says.

MARTIN will issue a reaction comment later Tuesday to the latest embarrassments of the Hughes campaign. “Hughes may be collapsing,” Martin says, “But we are there to offer his supporters a conservative refuge. We are Illinois Tough. Hughes wasn’t. He would not even discuss or debate conservative social issues. Good riddance to Mr. Hughes.” Watch for Andy’s remarks Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.

COMING: Martin plans an explosive new announcement at a news conference later Wednesday.

January 19th ROCKFORD news conference:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin

Corner sidewalk entrance to Winnebago County Courthouse, 400 W. State Street, Rockford (coordinate by cell phone-see below)


Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 5:00 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Rockford needs a new high-speed rail connection to Chicago to save the Rock River Valley from economic stagnation; Martin also favors upgrading Rockford Airport connections.

January 19th Lake Forest news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, Main entrance to Metra Station, Lake Forest, Chicago


Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 2:30 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin challenges WLS-AM radio personalities Don and Roma (Wade) to stop playing “patty cake” with Mark Kirk and start asking tough questions about the embattled congressman. For example, “Why won’t Kirk join other Republicans in calling for the removal of Kevin Jennings from the U. S. Department of ‘Education?’”

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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

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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