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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,



SUNDAY NEWS CONFERENCE-BELVIDERE: Andy Martin promises a “Rockford (Ill.) Rail Revolution”

January 31, 2010

“Illinois Tough” U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will charge at a Sunday (today) Belvidere news conference that the Rockford area would not have been ignored for federal stimulus funding if he had been in Washington. “The Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson region needs a Washington fighter, not another Washington insider,” Martin says. “My principal opponent Mark Kirk was said by the Chicago Sun-Times today (Sunday) to be hiding in a ‘bunker.’ If Kirk is hiding now, what will he be like after he is elected? My political activism spearheaded the development of I-39,” Martin notes. “Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson Counties need a vigorous advocate, not losers of the Quinn-Durbin variety. If Durbin can’t deliver for Illinois with his stooge in the White House, what is he going to do when Republicans take over in November?” Martin will state. Martin will also speak to Boone County Republicans at a Lincoln Day Luncheon. Martin promises to “Deliver for Downstate”


“Illinois Tough” U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says passenger rail should run through Belvidere, not Genoa

Martin says that Governor Quinn’s Saturday promises were a response to the embarrassing loss of federal funds.

Martin says that although both parties have failed Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson, he will fight for the area in Washington

Martin is credited by the Chicago Tribune with spearheading the creation of I-39 in the 1970’s

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Andy Martin says Durbin and Quinn have failed to deliver for Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson Counties

Martin says that high-speed rail, not Toonerville Trolleys to Dubuque, should be the first priority

Martin says high-speed rail would tie Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson Counties to O’Hare and the Chicago area, creating a local economic boom

Andy promises to “Deliver for Downstate”


(CHICAGO)(January 31, 2010) “Illinois Tough” Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Belvidere (Boone County) news conference Sunday, January 31st to promise that he will lead a “Rockford Rail Revolution” when he becomes United States Senator. Martin says that Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson leaders have failed abysmally.

At his news conference Martin will brandish “studies” from as long as ten years ago to show the complete impotence of local representatives of both parties to move forward with rail service.

“Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson Counties have lacked an effective voice in the U. S. Senate. Dick Durbin has proven to be totally ineffective, even with his pet rock in the White House,” Martin says. “Pat Quinn? Don’t ask. If I had been in Washington the Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson area would not have been shut out of stimulus funding and high-speed rail cash. No one is going to run over me.

“I favor a ‘Manhattan Project’-style simultaneous design and build high-speed rail program to get America moving and get Illinois ‘on the right track, not the side track.’ Trains in staid Great Britain already go 200 miles an hour. Why should Americans be satisfied with less than half that, a decade from now?

“Governor Quinn’s face-saving promise Saturday to deliver Illinois capital funds for rail service is only a desperate, last-minute pre-primary device to stave off the embarrassment of having failed to deliver for Illinois.

“I believe that high-speed rail can only come through Belvidere to Rockford and Freeport. We want to connect an existing corridor of economic activity that can benefit from high-speed connections to the O’Hare and Chicago economies. We need to integrate Rockford Airport into the Chicago regional economy. What is in Genoa?

“Three decades ago I spearheaded the effort to upgrade Highway 51 into an Interstate highway. I have proven I can produce results. Illinois is falling further and behind other states. Dick Durbin is an effective stooge for labor racketeers and other special interests. But he has failed to deliver for ordinary Illinoisans. I will.

“I have the only campaign website [] with a separate web page showcasing my commitment to high-speed train service [].

“In the Republican primary I am ‘primarily’ running against Mark Kirk, a man who doesn’t even know where ‘downstate’ is. The Chicago Sun-Times reports today that Kirk is hiding in a ‘bunker’ somewhere, maybe to avoid my ‘Bunker Busters.’

“I am not going to Washington to be an insider. I am going to represent the people of Illinois. Kirk can’t deliver his own presence in Boone-Winnebago-Stephenson. How is he going to deliver for the struggling economy of this region?

“High-speed rail. High-speed rail. High-speed rail. This region needs access to the national economy. We need to make Rockford Airport part of the national economy, not a leftover stopover. I will deliver that connection as U. S. Senator. I-39 shows I will ‘Deliver for Downstate.’ Has any Republican shown they can do better?

“We need hard-hitting bi-partisan competition in Washington, not a one—party government. I am the only candidate in either party with a long track record of fighting for ordinary citizens.”

Martin is making his last stop in the area before Tuesday’s primary.

January 31st Belvidere news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


Belvidere Community Center, 111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere
(Lincoln Day Luncheon)


Sunday, January 31st 2:00 P.M.


“Illinois Tough” U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
promises to lead a “Rockford Rail Revolution” bringing high-speed passenger rail service to Belvidere, Rockford and Freeport.


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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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