Mark Kirk’s effort to use Beltway endorsements to compensate for Illinois opposition backfires
ANDY MARTIN /2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN RECEIVES ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT FOR HIS CRITICISM OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS REJECT “BELTWAY ENDORSEMENTS” FOR MARK KIRK
(CHICAGO)(August 30, 2009) “The story behind the story of my criticism of John McCain is as interesting as the letter to McCain itself,” Andy Martin said Sunday. “Here is a sampling of positive support for my letter to McCain:
I totally agree. & I'm a staunch republican.
I totally agree with your observations of McCain's behavior in 2008 & 2009 - it's time for him to go as it is nauseating how much he has been sucking up to Democrats since last years' defeat! Keep up the great work!
This is excellent. I will be passing this around to many, many churches and religious organizations across the State. Keep one like that coming about once a week.
“And, of course,” Martin continued, “some people did not like what I had to say; the truth stings:
Please remove me from your e-mail list...State Representative JoAnn Osmond and delegate for John McCain.
“What is the bottom line? Please consider four (4) points that my supporters feel are important.
“First, we are in this race to defeat Kirk. That is not an easy task. Kirk is disliked all across Illinois, but he is trying to lie his way into a primary win. He is an Obama stalking horse in the Republican Party. Obamicans are giving Kirk Beltway cash to defeat opposition from Illinois Republican Party primary voters.
“Second, Illinoisans are rejecting outside influence from Beltway insiders. In fact, Kirk’s ‘endorsements’ from Beltway bandits make my case precisely: Kirk is not the candidate of Illinois Republicans, he is the representative of the Beltway to Illinoisans. Kirk and his Washington backers have democracy backwards.
“Third, my campaign is the only credible statewide campaign with a chance of defeating Kirk. I am in second place, a strong second (which is why Kirk-Obama keep attacking me). Moving into first place will not be easy. Kirk has a lot of 'dirty dollars' to spend.
“We do not have the money we need. But we are the only campaign with the structure and order and credibility to catch Kirk by February 2nd, or to even spend campaign cash if we receive it. Period.
“Fourth, although we are going to run a tough campaign, we have always offered to run a fair campaign. My earlier letter to Chairman Pat Brady has not elicited a response. I asked Brady to run an honest campaign so everyone could feel there had been a fair fight and support the winner. Brady has not responded. Brady is an avowed Kirk supporter.
“Nevertheless, despite Brady’s support for Kirk, we remain open to negotiating the conditions for a level playing field in the primary and a fair campaign. I am not going to break down Pat Brady’s door, but my own door is always open to negotiation and conciliation.
“Finally, you may be interested to learn that the toughest debate about the McCain letter came within in my own campaign. We had a series of conference calls to discuss how critical the letter to McCain should be. I did not want to tone down the language. John McCain is living in a Beltway dream world; so is Kirk. We need to send Washington’s Republican Party hucksters a strong message: stop trying to buy and broker the people’s right to vote with the corrupt cash of Beltway insiders. Illinoisans won’t buy it.
“Mark Kirk has no support in Illinois, no political support and no meaningful financial support. He is a career politician who represents Washington to Illinois, not Illinois to Washington. On February 2, 2010 we will change that orientation and put Illinoisans first.
“Please join my campaign and support us financially. Kirk has millions. Our campaign treasury would not even pay for the lobster and liquor Kirk is buying on Sunday. We need financial support.
“But just because we don’t have the cash, doesn’t mean we don’t have the heart. We will defeat mark Kirk and launch a New Republican Party in Illinois on February 2nd,” Martin stated.
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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 www.ContrarianCommentary.com. 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. UPDATES: www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSAwww.facebook.com/AndyMartin Andy's columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. [NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]
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