Martin says Kirk faces a “condom conundrum,” and that the “condom commando” controversy generated by Kirk’s law firm is further evidence of Kirk’s flawed campaign strategy. Martin says that Kirk knows nothing about downstate Illinois politics or culture; Kirk’s attempt to intimidate opposition Democrats is backfiring.
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin on Mark Kirk’s “condom conundrum”
Martin says Mark Kirk doesn’t have a clear strategy to fight his inevitable opposition from Democrats
Martin offers Kirk “free legal advice” and sends his “love”
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ANDY MARTIN SAYS MARK KIRK IS “FUMBLING” THE DEBATE OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
CAN ANDY MCKENNA’S WASHINGTON LAW FIRM SAVE MARK KIRK FROM (GASP!) POLITICS?
BULLETIN: KIRK IS USING THE SAME SLEAZY LAW FIRM AS ANDY MCKENNA; MCKENNA THREATENED TO SUE REPUBLICANS SEEKING DEMOCRACY FOR THE REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
DOES MARK KIRK HAVE A MEDIA STRATEGY FOR DEALING WITH HIS ADVERSARIES?
IN THE SPIRIT OF REPUBLICAN “UNITY,” ANDY MARTIN OFFERS MARK KIRK “FREE LEGAL AID” (PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE)
(CHICAGO)(September 8, 2009) During the 1960’s, Honda tried to popularize its motorcycles by coming up with the advertising slogan “You meet the nicest people on a Honda." I would like to grab that line, and turn it around: “You meet the sleaziest people in Illinois politics.”
My primary opponent, Mark Kirk is currently facing a “condom conundrum.” According to liberal media columnist (and unprovoked Andy hater) Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kirk is being unfairly accused. I’ll leave the “fairness” issue to others to decide.
Instead, I’ll focus on several of peripheral issues revealed by Kirk’s response to liberal attacks on his congressional record.
First, although the primary season has already begun, Kirk is fumbling and stumbling. Kirk is apparently trying to claim the mantle of the Republican Party’s new Ross Perot. Kirk has a law firm out threatening radio and TV stations (Kirk’s liberal media ”base”) because he is afraid they may run an immigration extremist advertisement. The alleged conflict: did Kirk use the term “condom” on the floor of the U. S. House (it appears he did not).
Having previously trashed the Second Amendment while serving in Congress, Kirk now wants to undo the First Amendment, and deny his opponents the right to broadcast ads critical of his performance in office. He doesn’t want ads to paraphrase his prior remarks.
Kirk is paying the same crooked law firm that Andy McKenna used to threaten Illinois Republicans who wanted to go back to electing our State Central Committee by supporting SB 600. I didn’t think much of that firm’s legal opinion in support of McKenna’s dirty tricks, and I don’t think much of the same law firm’s legal opinion that Kirk can intimidate radio and TV stations into silence. Click here to read Kirk’s legal letter:
Like the teenager that tries to carry two watermelons, one under each arm, and ends up dropping both of them, Kirk was trying to connect population control and illegal immigration in remarks on the floor of the House. Immigration extremists have their knickers in a twist because of Kirk’s suggestion we send “family planning” assistance to Mexico to curb illegal immigration. Out of this episode arises Kirk’s “condom conundrum.”
Kirk hired McKenna’s law firm to threaten TV and radio stations that broadcast the “condom commando” advertisement.
Kirk is a lawyer, but I doubt he could find his way to the front door of any courthouse, let alone argue a case or review a frivolous legal opinion from a corrupt Washington law firm. In reality Kirk is a career politician and coat holder, not someone with Chicago "street smarts" (think Andy Martin).
I know Kirk’s law firm; I have opposed them. So when I condemn the ethics of Kirk’s lawyers, I know of what I speak.
But in a spirit of Republican collegiality, I, the “country lawyer” who began his legal career fighting corruption in the downstate Champaign County Courthouse, will provide Kirk with free legal aid. Although I am not a member of the Illinois Bar, Kirk should heed my advice:
Kirkie, threatening to sue TV and radio stations because they accept political advertising critical of your own words, or paraphrases of your words, is a losing strategy. Save your millions of dirty dollars from inside the Beltway for more productive campaign uses. Paying greedy lawyers to crank out silly “opinions” will have as much effect as Andy McKenna’s threat to sue the State of Illinois if the legislature adopts SB 600.
The Patton Boggs LLP (law firm) “opinion letter” to McKenna was a crassly useless and unprofessional legal document. McKenna was threatening to undo democracy because he wanted to entrench himself in office.
What happened to McKenna? He’s gone. I don’t see McKenna’s successor, Pat Brady, waving McKenna’s SB 600 “legal opinion.”
What I find amazing, Kirkie (can I be this familiar since I am not your official attorney) is that you are running for statewide office, for the first time no less, and don’t have a strategy for dealing with your critics. Well I have a lot of statewide experience, and common sense. Try my approach on for size.
You have been basking in the “adulation” (no, that’s not a downstate sex act with farm animals) of Republican losers for so long (John McCain, Michael Steele, Andy McKenna) that you don’t realize in the real word there is a lot of opposition to your candidacy. Yes, there are liberals who want to defeat you. I know you think liberals are supposed to be your “base,” and the "future" of the Republican Party under your "statewide" leadership, but you’re wrong.
Your “base” doesn’t exist. That’s a painful lesson for you to accept. Your “base,” such as it is, is discredited Washington characters such as McCain and Steele, and the bush league (or is that the "Bush" league) liberal media in Chicago that can’t distinguish a real candidate from a real canapé.
So if your “plan” for how to deal with your liberal opponents is to issue goofy legal opinions from Andy McKenna’s Washington law firm threatening radio and TV stations, that is a losing strategy. Worse, it’s a dumb strategy. Besides, broadcasters are hurting; they need the money. Why should they turn down ads critical of you?
If you approved issuance of the threatening letter to the media, which I consider a dumb strategy, does that maybe make you a dumb candidate? Kirkie, the State of Illinois ain't beanbag. And it ain't the cozy world of North Shore liberal politics, either.
Lesson Two. In your recent campaigns you called people from Chicago “goons” and “thugs.” Who were you referring to? Do you think they have forgotten what you said about them in 2008? Are you going to threaten TV and radio stations when the “goons and thugs” ads start appearing?
In all fairness, and as your confidential legal advisor, let me explain the real world to you. We all bring “baggage” to political campaigns. I probably have as many enemies, but probably many more, than you do. So I know about baggage.
My opponents are concentrated in courthouses and law firms. Ever since I was a law student I have made a career of exposing crooked lawyers and judges. And during the past forty years I have said a few things that ought not to have been said. No one's perfect. In retaliation, corrupt judges and courts from the Illinois Supreme Court (of 1973) on down have attacked me. Or as the first Mayor Daley might have said, “They have even criticized me.”
Sometimes my political opponents use these judicial attacks to smear me even though the judges’ attacks are really judicial “endorsements.” Judges are really certifying I am too honest for their liking; I irritate them with my constant anti-corruption activity. Even Barack Obama has tried to smear me. Obama’s claim that I am an “anti-Semite” is a joke. Most people now realize Obama is the real anti-Semite.
Some federal judges have loved me (no, not that kind of “love”) and others still hate me for what I did to derail their careers.
But the difference between you and I is that I am used to dealing with my opponents, and I can handle the opposition with “aplomb” (that’s not a piece of Southern Illinois fruit, just in case you’re confused).
Apparently you have yet to develop an approach to dealing with the liberal extremists and interest groups that are going to be relentlessly attacking your statewide campaign. Bad.
I have a suggestion Kirkie. Why don't you let me deal with the media, and all those bitchy liberals? You should support me as the Republican candidate for U. S. Senator? At least you know I’m honest and incorruptible.
You could start practicing law for a change. You can’t be any worse of an attorney than you apparently are in dealing with the media. It won’t be easy for you to find out where the courthouse door is, or how to counsel a client to stay out of court or defend a lawsuit. But when I am in the Senate, you can always pick up the phone and call your U. S. Senator for advice: Andy Martin. My advice will still be free. And at least I know enough “law” not to hire Andy McKenna’s lawyers, Patton Boggs LLP, for a “legal opinion.” Apparently, you didn’t.