Saturday, October 10, 2009

CHICAGO NEWS CONFERENCE: Racist candidate lied to Republican Party leaders

Andy Martin says racist Republican Patrick Hughes lied to Party leaders on August 20th when Hughes claimed he had “commitments” of $400,000 to his campaign. The “commitments” had shrunk to $130,000 by September 30th. Hughes has failed to explain the discrepancy.

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Patrick Hughes should withdraw as a candidate

Martin says Hughes lied to Illinois Republicans when Hughes said he had $400,000 in financial “commitments” to his campaign

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Andy Martin says Patrick Hughes lied about his “$400,000 in commitments” to his campaign

Martin says that as a lawyer, Hughes knows what the term “commitment” means

Martin says it is time for Hughes to bow out and avoid further embarrassment

Martin says “Champion News” and businessman Jack Roeser should also disassociate themselves from Hughes and D. Paul Caprio

(CHICAGO)(October 10, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, October 10th to suggest that Hinsdale attorney Patrick Hughes withdraw as a candidate.

“As seldom as I quote Rick Pearson,” Martin says, “Pearson did report correctly that Patrick Hughes told Republican leaders on August 20th that Hughes had $400,000 in ‘commitments’ to his campaign. I was there and I personally heard Hughes make his claim. Pearson also heard Hughes.”

“Hughes is a lawyer, not a layman,” Martin charges, “and is aware of the need for precise speech.

“I strongly support the right of every person to be a candidate for office. I have never asked anyone, and will never ask anyone, to withdraw merely because they are a candidate. But when a candidate lies to the voters, he forfeits the right to run. Hughes appears to have lied to the Republican Party about the extent of his financial support.

“Of course, maybe Hughes ‘adviser’ D. Paul Caprio lied to Hughes, in which case Hughes is a ‘chumbolone’ candidate. He is a lawyer/candidate who is easily fooled by hucksters such as Caprio.

“Hughes is now attempting ‘damage control’ by admitting his $400,000 in commitments’ has shrunk to $125,000 in actual cash contributions (the rest of Hughes’ ‘support’ is his personal loan). The discrepancy between $400,000 and $125,000 is so large that it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Hughes lied, or that his candidacy has subsequently imploded.

“D. Paul Caprio’s role in the Hughes campaign is also unresolved.

“Hughes is now having to throw his own cash into the kitty to avoid even more embarrassment. How much spare cash does he have? He owes Republicans yet another explanation.

“We will shortly be contacting Mike Ditka to verify another one of Hughes’ erroneous claims, namely that Ditka is backing Hughes' ‘chumbolone’ campaign for public office. Ditka’s support appears to be another whopper.

“When a lawyer such as Hughes uses the term ‘commitment’ he knows what a commitment is. Either Hughes lied on August 20th, or his campaign support has evaporated. He owes the Jesus wing of the Republican Party a prompt and complete explanation as to what happened to the missing $275,000.

“Hughes has become an embarrassment-a-day candidate with his racist attacks on other candidates; he is now lying about financial ‘commitments’ that have disappeared. If Hughes had come in only a few dollars short, no one would hold him to account. But there is a vast difference between ‘commitments’ of $400,000 and receipts of $125,000.

“How much of this embarrassment can his supporters take before they admit they were duped by wheeler-dealer D. Paul Caprio into supporting pig-in-a-poke Hughes?” Martin will demand. “I repeat what I said previously. Hughes is a growing embarrassment to the Republican Party. He is an unmitigated disaster for the ‘Christian’ wing of the Party that says it backs him.

“We have been contacted with new ‘issues’ about Hughes, and we expect to lodge new charges against him in the next few days.

“How did Jack Roeser ever fall for this bogus candidate? Hughes is demolishing the credibility of Champion News.

“The time has long since passed when Hughes should discover he ‘needs to spend more time with my family.’”

October 10th news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,


Saturday, October 10, 2009 2:00 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
Says that Patrick Hughes should withdraw as candidate because he lied to the Republican Party. Martin says lying is unacceptable.


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Wolverine said...

Burden of Proof on Obama's Origins
A dentist and lawyer, Orly Taitz has plenty to keep her busy. But a side passion is what consumes her these days: challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.

By Liza Mundy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The dental office of Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq., is in a low-slung complex in a quiet planned community in Orange County, alongside an assortment of small businesses and solo practitioners. The practice, Appealing Dentistry, is busy this morning. In the waiting room are a woman with no dental insurance and a boy with three cavities, and the phone is ringing off the hook with dentists eager to fill a job opening.

"Crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals -- you need to be able to do root canals and molars," the receptionist is telling one caller. And now here is Taitz herself, a bit late, entering in a flurry of energy and apologies to consult with a colleague, then suggesting to a reporter that they go somewhere to chat. Despite many pressing concerns on the dentistry front, Taitz is eager to talk about her crusade to prove that the president of the United States is an impostor.

Emerging into the dry Southern California sunshine, Taitz -- dentist, lawyer, wife of a software executive, mother of three and a leading proponent of the so-called birther campaign against President Obama -- walks briskly past her law office, which is conveniently beside the dental practice. Inside the law office is a modest conference room with a table, eight chairs, a couple of abstract paintings and a houseplant. It is here that Taitz dreams of deposing the U.S. president, proving that he is a citizen not of this country but of Kenya, maybe, or possibly Indonesia, perhaps even -- who knows? -- that he is secretly controlled by Saudi Arabia.

Wolverine said...

It is, perhaps, a harmless quest, no different from that of umpteen fantasy-driven litigants cluttering up the American court system -- for somebody who distrusts government, Taitz has used a lot of its resources -- were it not for the question of how the word "usurper" affects the national psyche when directed at the first African American president. If nothing else, the doubters have put themselves on the public's radar. Eight in 10 Americans in a July Pew poll said that they had heard "a lot" or "a little" about the contention that Obama was not born in the United States and is ineligible for the presidency.

Taitz is also on the radar of militia groups, whom she sometimes addresses on her blog; in one posting, she urged "state militias" to descend upon southern U.S. borders and help check those arriving for signs of swine flu virus; in another, she called on "citizen's militia" to protect people from being rounded up by government forces using swine flu as a pretext. The question of her broader influence "is our main concern," says Robert Haggard, a frequent poster to Politijab, a Web site whose members include legal experts tracking Taitz with horrified fascination. "We don't believe that Orly herself is dangerous, the problem is, she is attracting these people who are, and have a history of being so."

At a minimum, organizations who monitor extremist groups say that the fantasy of Obama's ineligibility is now a central tenet. "The birther conspiracy itself is now totally widespread among military and paramilitary [militia] groups and new, what we would call quote-unquote 'patriot' groups, which are groups that are virulently anti-government," says Heidi Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Beirich says that a popular conspiracy theory among such groups is that the government is going to round up citizens and put them in camps operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

And sure enough, no conversation with Taitz is complete without a reference to the "600" camps that she believes FEMA has constructed to keep dissident citizens corralled. FEMA camps are only one of her anxieties. Communist and totalitarian regimes are another. "It is extremely important to ensure that the people of this country don't lose their freedoms, because if they do, this country will turn into a dictatorship, just like the communist Soviet Union, just like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran, or Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or Kim Jong Il's North Korea."

"You're sounding awfully political right now," warns Lincoln at one point. This is the sort of talk that judges could criticize her for. "And I think that's a dangerous way to go."

Wolverine said...

But repressive regimes are a conversational well into which she keeps dipping. In her early 20s, Taitz, who says she is of Jewish heritage, emigrated to Israel and lived there for several years. The man who would become her husband, visiting from the United States, asked her to marry him on their second date, something that didn't surprise her -- she says, blushing -- because "he wasn't the first one" who had asked. Some observers believe the animating cause of her crusade is an anti-Muslim bias. She disagrees, saying "I have nothing against any religion." But some of her remarks help fuel such criticisms, as when she mentions hearing rumors of a purported video in which "Obama has made statements that were anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and very pro-Palestinian, pro-Arabic." She says she also heard an Internet rumor that the royal family of Saudi Arabia helped support Obama's education. "I'm questioning: Are there any strings attached? I don't know."

Ultimately, her rhetoric is laced with a suspicion that Obama may be an agent for a foreign power, a modern Manchurian candidate. This is why she wants not only his vital records but his academic ones. "Would you be willing to go with me to Obama and ask him . . . [to] release all of the proper records, your school records, your enrollment records from all those college applications, and financial aid records, which would show whether he was enrolled as a foreign exchange student from Indonesia or Kenya?"

There are those who say that even if Obama were to provide every last record down to dry-cleaning receipts, no proof could satisfy birther proponents. In Taitz's case, there's what she calls "a two-prong test." Bucking the common view that "natural born citizen" -- the constitutional requirement for a U.S. president -- means, generally speaking, born on American soil, she argues that to be president a person must not only be born here but must also be the child of parents who were both U.S. citizens at the time of his birth. She allows that her decidedly non-mainstream interpretation would knock out her two older sons, born when she had only a green card, before she became a U.S. citizen.

Wolverine said...

One might argue that her extra super-duper burden of proof has a racial dimension to it, and Taitz herself says she has been accused of racism. She says there is no basis to the charge. "Just because he happens to be African American, he does not get a free pass."

She also dismisses the concern that this president might be uniquely vulnerable to violent extremism. "There's no reason to believe that that's going to happen," she says. "There is a lot of protection -- the Secret Service. I think there is a much higher chance of violence against me than against" the president.

Violence against me.

That last answer may offer some insight into why Orly Taitz is in this fight. Up to now, she says, she was "never really politically active" and her community involvement consisted of volunteering as a teacher's helper, supporting the arts and serving as an officer of a homeowner association.

The motivation for her zeal could be, as she suggests, residual trauma from growing up in a totalitarian regime where, as she often points out, judges were "puppets" of the state. It could be the PayPal button at the top of her Web site, which does bring in contributions, Taitz says, though not enough to cover her expenses. It could be a combination of naivete, true belief and the willful credulity that leads a person to prefer wild and interesting Internet rumors over mundane truths. It could be that she is a rabble-rouser by nature. As a preschooler, she says, she organized a "borscht riot" among classmates after noticing that the teachers were getting more sour cream than the children in their beet soup.

* * *

Back at the office, things are still busy: Dentists have been faxing résumés all day, there are patients in the waiting room, and Charles Lincoln is printing out a court pleading.

The phone keeps ringing. It's not just dentists, but also journalists and sympathizers and concerned citizens. That might also be an explanation: the calls, the adrenaline rush of speeches and media engagements, the fact that at one court hearing, Taitz marvels, people applauded. She is in the limelight. And although she criticizes the mainstream media, she calls after the interview to see when this article will run. So she can flag it on her Web site.

The Anti-Andy Martin said...

How about some good ole' fun at the expense of others.

Now those are funny!