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U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN THANKS HIS OPPONENTS FOR ENDORSING THE "BIGGEST LOSER IN ILLINOIS POLITICAL HISTORY"
"MCKENNA'S MUNCHKINS" ARE LEADING REPUBLICANS TO DEFEAT, MARTIN SAYS.
BURSTS OF LAUGHER GREET "ENDORSEMENT" BY MORIBUND GOP CABAL
(CHICAGO)(December 8, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin greeted the endorsement of his primary opponent by a secret cabal of GOP leaders as "the biggest joke in Illinois political history." Martin responded to a column posted on ChicagoTribune.com by Rick Pearson, a Tribune reporter who is known as a toady of the old guard Republican leadership. Martin will hold a telephone news conference Sunday, December 9th to announce further responses (details below).
"When I was invited to a 'debate' at the Chicago Tribune last week, and neither Sauerberg nor Pearson showed their faces, I suspected the 'fix' was in. And apparently it was," Martin said.
"The endorsement of my opponent by my opponents is not a vote of confidence, it is an act of desperation," Martin stated. "Sauerberg's supporters have become frightened by his totally incompetent campaign and his inability to project any presence as a candidate. They think they can salvage the primary by endorsing a dead duck.
"Now we can have a real primary, and a real fight for the future of the Republican Party. As long as the Andy McKennas and Torbert Chisums and all of the other unelected 'leaders' of this party exercise control, the Republican Party will be a joke.
"Primary voters now have a clear choice, between McKenna's past, and his destructive efforts to make the Republican Party into the 'Combine Party,' and my plans to open up the party and to develop a future where candidates can work together to win elections. Up until now, we have all had to play 'nice' with each other. But since McKenna has many more enemies in the Republican Party than I do, McKenna has made a classic mistake in showing his true colors.
"McKenna has thrown down the gauntlet, and I willingly
accept. If voters want a future, they can vote for me and vote for an aggressive campaign to confront Dick Durbin and his anti-American carnival.
"If voters want to destroy what remains of the party, and allow it to wither into irrelevance, Steve Sauerberg is their champion. I relish the prospect of an up-or-down vote, and I welcome the opportunity to take my case to primary voters, not self-selected party bosses.
"How this putrid deed was orchestrated is instructive. No one announced that any endorsement was on the agenda. It was a secret, planned stab-in-the-back set up by McKenna and his Munchkins. They concealed their plans so no one could challenge them, held a rump endorsement session in violation of Republican Party rules, and had their lapdog Rick Pearson at their side to announce the results and write his usual smears.
"Pearson made no effort to contact opposing campaigns to
get reaction comment. He is an embarrassment to the Tribune.
"I say it's 'politics as usual' in the Illinois GOP. It bears emphasizing that these 'state committeemen,' unlike their Democratic Party counterparts, are not elected by voters and are not accountable to voters. Rather, party leaders vote for themselves to be their own leaders. This is not democracy. This is classic 'Combine' politics.
"In any event, I humbly thank Andy McKenna and his Munchkins (Elves?) for playing Santa Claws before Christmas. They have given me the best gift anyone could want: a open highway to primary voters to tell them the truth about the corrupt and incompetent leadership of their party, and the urgent need for a total change in leadership. I have one thing to say to McKenna and Co. 'Ho, ho, ho.'
"I will have my delayed present for them on February 5th, and they will not be happy campers when they receive it. As for me, I'm 'free at last' to run against the corrupt leadership of my party, and to work to rebuild the Republican presence in Illinois. Desperate men took desperate steps today; they will live to regret their actions when the votes are counted on Election Day," Martin chortled.
NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
WHERE: Telephone news conference:
Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950
Participant code: 2090340
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2007 2:00 P.M. (CDT)
WHAT: Andy Martin attacks corrupt 'endorsement'
by his Republican opponents
CONTACT: (866) 706-2639
© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com. Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Web site: AndyforUSSenator.com.