Saturday, October 17, 2009

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

Martin says Hughes has repeatedly violated the Illinois Republican Party’s Campaign Code of Conduct

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Andy Martin says Patrick Hughes’ habitual misconduct mandates that Hughes withdraw as a senate candidate

Martin asks Illinois Republican leader Pat Brady to have a “man to man” with Hughes about Hughes’ chronic violations of the Party’s Campaign Code of Conduct

(CHICAGO)(October 17, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Monday, October 19th to demand that Hinsdale “chumbolone attorney” Patrick Hughes withdraw as a candidate because he has repeatedly lied to the Republican Party and People of Illinois.

Martin is asking Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady to “counsel” Hughes to withdraw (see letter below) because Hughes has repeatedly violated the Illinois Republican Party Campaign Code of Conduct:
October 19th news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash, Chicago


Monday, October 19, 2009 2:00 P.M.


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


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October 19, 2009

Pat Brady, Chairman
Illinois Republican Party
205 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60606
via fax (312) 201-0181

Re: Pat Hughes violates Illinois Campaign Code of Conduct

Dear Pat:

None of us is perfect in life, and all of us have flaws. We all make occasional mistakes and misstatements. My opponents, for example, like to attack me for things I allegedly said twenty-five years ago. They can’t find anything more current to criticize. So I am writing this letter not as someone who is perfect, but as a candidate who always tries hard to do the right thing.

Pat Hughes is becoming a major embarrassment to the Republican Party, not just to himself.

The Illinois Republican Party has adopted a Campaign Code of Conduct. That Code is biding on “all candidates seeking the Republican nomination for federal,…office.”

Hughes lied when he said Mike Ditka had “endorsed” him as a candidate. Ditka, who is beloved by many in Illinois including me, was forced to disown and repudiate Hughes’ untrue claim.

Hughes lied again when he said Ditka was serving on Hughes’ Finance Committee. Ditka disowned and repudiated that statement as well.

What makes Pat Hughes lie, and lie over and over again? Is it because he has no record of political or public accomplishments, and feels compelled to lie about imaginary endorsements? I don’t have the answer. Do you?

You were in Springfield with me on August 29th when Hughes said he had “$400,000” in financial commitments. The money vanished. The obvious implication: Hughes lied again.

How can Republicans seriously consider a habitual liar for a statewide nomination?

Hughes also created an ongoing ruckus when he bribed so-called “Christian leaders” to secretly endorse his candidacy. He lured other, unsuspecting, candidates to bogus “forums” which were nothing more than a sham created to endorse Hughes and no one else. Another violation of the Code: "I will not undertake or condone any dishonest..."

Hughes recently asked two victims of his campaign fraud to
“withdraw” as candidates. He didn’t pick the candidates with
the lowest public support. He singled out the African-American
candidates and demanded they withdraw. What a way to run for
office: lying to the public and attacking African-Americans.
That violated the “full and equal participation in the electoral
process” provision of the Code.

You need to have a man-to-man talk with Hughes and ask him to
avoid any further embarrassment to the Republican Party. He
needs to step down to spend more time with his family. And maybe
a therapist.

We are the Party of Lincoln, and we are the party with a long
tradition of honest government. None of us is perfect, and I
I would be the last one to throw the first stone. But
neither I nor you can blind ourselves to Hughes habitual lying.
It’s out there for everyone to see.

How can any “Christian” support a candidate who habitually bears “false witness?”

You are an attorney, and I am a former adjunct professor of law. Hughes is also an attorney, though based on his current behavior you have to wonder what kind of an attorney he was. Attorneys are held to a higher standard than lay persons.

When an attorney who is seeking public office blatantly lies
about nonexistent endorsements he gives the legal profession a bad reputation. That is why it is imperative that you, as state party Chairman, take decisive action to bring down Pat Hughes’
embarrassing charade as a candidate. In a twist on the timeless words of Joe Louis, Hughes can “run,” but he can’t hide--from his own lies.

Ultimately, if you say and do nothing to stop Hughes, he makes you look bad. Enough said.

Respectfully submitted,


© Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

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