U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says “chumbolone candidate” Pat Hughes should consider stepping down
Martin says D. Paul Caprio and Hughes are becoming an embarrassment to the Republican Party
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF SATURDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
PART ONE: Pat Hughes, “Caprio’s Chumbolone Candidate”
Andy Martin says self-styled “conservative campaign consultant” D. Paul Caprio and his “client” Pat Hughes are becoming an increasing embarrassment to the Republican Party
Martin says attacking unemployment compensation is not the way to win a statewide election in Illinois
Martin says Hughes has a bright future in stand-up comedy
(CHICAGO)(September 26, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Saturday, September 26th to condemn self-styled political consultant D. Paul Caprio and Caprio’s “Mortimer Snerd Senate candidate” Pat Hughes for opposing an extension of unemployment benefits.
Martin will then head to Lake Forest for a confrontation with his opponent Mark Kirk.
“I have only met Pat Hughes once,” Martin will state,” and he seems like a nice person. I bear him no personal ill will. But Hughes has no more basis to run for national office than I have to perform brain surgery. Come to think of it, I might be a better brain surgeon than Hughes is at politics.
“Hughes’ major problem is that he only ‘discovered’ the Republican Party last year, voting Republican for the first time in his life in 2008. Then he ‘discovered’ he was qualified to be a statewide candidate for national office. Wow.
“Sadly, Illinois voters, and especially Republican voters, are ‘discovering’ Pat Hughes is nothing more than a campaign dummy for puppeteer D. Paul Caprio. The unemployment issue is a classic example of Hughes' incompetence.
“Hughes’ stock speech begins by remembering his parents’ financial struggles and lower-income background. Then Hughes segues to his ‘successful role’ as a ‘real estate developer’ (his company may be bankrupt and at a minimum is probably insolvent) as well as his stellar legal career (he came out of the starting blocks with one of the worst speeches anyone has ever seen, particularly from someone who claims to be an ‘outstanding lawyer’).
“Hughes manages to make even Mark Kirk look good.
“My mother was on unemployment for a time. A close friend used the benefits recently. My mom used her unemployment money to buy groceries and pay the rent. I have no doubt there are some slackers on the unemployment lines. But the vast majority of recipients are honest citizens, our neighbors, struggling in a down economy.
“The bad economy is a product of both Democratic and Republican mismanagement. Lest we forget, George Bush was in office from 2001-2009. Budgets became bloated, deficits soared. Despite the fact that Bush warned about subprime excesses, he never took on the Democrats in a battle for economic sanity. Republican wisdom about the current recession is largely based on hindsight. My personal honesty and integrity compels that statement of fact.
“We should always try to help our fellow citizens in distress.
“Mark Kirk and I do not agree that often, because he is a true liberal and I am a true conservative (not a ‘Caprio conservative’). While I am not familiar with the details of the unemployment law that is before congress I would have supported an extension of benefits.
“Being a true conservative means helping people. Being a committed Christian means offering real help, not just vapid promises and a solitary focus on abortion-related issues. Last year, I wrote that I agreed with Mike Huckabee that ‘My Faith is My Life.’ Well, my faith is my life, and both my faith and my life are works in progress.
“I am absolutely opposed to wasteful spending. Fraud artists should be prosecuted and imprisoned. But I truly believe that a government which has found trillions of dollars to bail out corporations can find money to help unemployed families in distress.
“Because Mr. Hughes is a classic ‘chumbolone’ candidate, he has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. A campaign for statewide federal office is not a place for rookies. Hughes uses a de facto earpiece to parrot what D. Paul Caprio tells him to say. Caprio, in turn, is not interested in beating Democrats. Rather, Caprio wants to use Hughes as a dummy to raise money for Caprio’s own purposes. The result is that Republicans are increasingly embarrassed by Caprio-Hughes’ Scrooge-like approach to helping working families.
“My mother is retired today. But she worked all of her life, and I look to her for inspiration. Pat Hughes may like to tell stories about his parents’ economic struggles; sadly, he has forgotten lessons he should have learned from their challenges.
“One of the things that makes America great is that we do everything we can to help each other. We have a weak economy; and Illinois is suffering worse than most. As Senator I will do everything in my power to see that unemployed workers are given reasonable assistance.
“Economic distress can generate other social costs. The consequences of denying aid and doing nothing can include domestic violence, divorce, child abuse and other social pathologies. We can't let that happen, not in Illinois and not in the United States. And not while I am Illinois' U. S. Senator.
“Pat Hughes should step down as a candidate before he embarrasses himself and his supporters any further,” Martin will state.
“But I do have some good news for Hughes: he has a great career ahead of him in stand-up comedy. His attack on Mark Kirk, claming Kirk ‘is someone who acts like a politician, who does things based on political aspirations and not in what he truly believes in,’ defines Hughes’ own comic campaign. Maybe Hughes could co-host Blagojevich’s radio show. They make a nice pair.”
SUNDAY: Part Two: Pat Hughes “discovers” he’s an attorney, again
MONDAY: Why a Pro-life Republican opposes Obamacare; Andy Martin’s personal story and spiritual journey
September 26th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Saturday, September 26, 2009 1:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin condemns “consultant” Paul Caprio and “Mortimer Snerd Senate candidate” Pat Hughes for attacking unemployment compensation
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