NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is embroiled in a nasty dispute over his support for a racist Republican candidate. U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin condemns Ditka for supporting the Republican racist.
Picketing begins at Ditka’s Restaurants over Mike Ditka’s support for a racist Republican
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says decent Illinoisans should protest racism with a customer boycott of Ditka’s
Martin says Mike Ditka’s “endorsement” of a racially biased Republican is disgraceful
ANDY MARTIN /2010
Republican for U. S. Senator
“He works for all
the People of Illinois”
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Andy Martin announces schedule for boycott/picketing of Ditka’s Restaurants
Martin says Mike Ditka’s alleged endorsement of a racist Republican candidate is reprehensible
(CHICAGO)(October 15, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will begin picketing Mike Ditka’s Restaurant in Chicago today, Thursday, October 15th.
“It is very unfortunate that NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has allegedly endorsed a Republican candidate who is anti-labor and anti-Black. How does Mike explain his bizarre behavior to his NFL colleagues?
“Last week this candidate, who claims he has been endorsed by Ditka, told African–Americans to leave the primary election ballot.
“I have a lifetime of support for civil rights, and I unhesitatingly condemn any ‘Republican’ that suggests Blacks are unwelcome in the Republican Party.
D. Paul Caprio, the henchman for this despicable candidate, is a disgrace to the Christian Conservative movement. Caprio’s demand that Blacks exit a primary election because they told him they would was based on a fraudulent ‘commitment’ that Caprio claims the candidates gave him last summer.
In reality, Caprio’s entire ‘conservative leader’ operation was a financial scam designed to personally enrich Caprio and to impoverish the credibility of the conservative Christian movement in Illinois.
“I would not be surprised to learn that Caprio’s shenanigans are being bankrolled by Mark Kirk, because it benefits Kirk for conservative Christians to be seen as hostile to African-American aspirations.
“Mike Ditka was given an opportunity to cut his ties to the racist candidate, and declined to do so. We are now moving to stage two, and picketing Ditka’s to inform Mike’s customers that their restaurant dollars are subsidizing a racist Republican candidate.
“African-Americans are welcome in the Republican Party, and they are very welcome in my campaign. We must rebuild and recharge the great civil rights coalition that was led by Republican U. S. Senator Everett Dirksen and the many honorable Republicans who supported civil rights.
“Even though the African-Americans Ditka’s candidate has attacked are nominally my opponents, I will not tolerate racist attacks against them and I am prepared to lead the charge against D. Paul Caprio’s malignant behavior. We start picketing Ditka's at dinner tonight, Thursday night, October 15th, and continue on with weekend protests. We hope to be in place by 7:00 P.M.
“Ditka’s customers need to be warned their dining dollars are supporting racist activity by Ditka.
Martin is discussing further civil rights action against Caprio and Hughes.
Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
“He Works for all the People of Illinois”
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
October 15, 2009
Hon. Jody Weis
Chicago Police Department
3510 S. Michigan Avenue, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60653
via fax (312) 745-6963
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE AT POLITICAL PROTEST
Dear Superintendent Weis:
Thursday we will begin picketing Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut Street, to protest Mr. Ditka’s support for a U. S. Senate candidate who has provoked racial antagonism in the Republican Party.
An announcement of the event accompanies this letter.
We expect to begin picketing around 7:00 P.M. The demonstrations may continue through the weekend, and thereafter.
We would also like to be able to distribute literature in the area of Ditka’s.
To avoid any confusion with local district officers on the scene, I am asking for your assistance in coordinating locations, procedures, etc. to ensure a harmonious demonstration.
Our goal is to comply fully with the law.
Please check with your staff and get back with us so that we can work together to protect the rights of all parties. Hopefully you can fax us a written confirmation so we have something to deliver if our presence is questioned.
cc: Mike Ditka (312) 587-8980