Friday, October 9, 2009

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin becomes downstate Illinois Republican leader by default

Martin’s campaign offers to assist local Republican Parties recruit a full slate of Illinois General Assembly candidates.

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin slams Illinois Republican leaders for failing to field a full slate of legislative candidates

Martin says Champaign County’s vacant 52nd District Illinois Senate seat is “disgraceful”

Martin claims “effective control” of the downstate Republican Party and offers to assist in candidate searches and “just about anything else that will help Republicans recruit, regroup and reorganize for 2010”

Martin campaigns in Champaign, Friday, October 9th

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Andy Martin says that statewide Illinois Republican leaders are incompetent and ineffective

Martin says leadership of downstate Republicans is ”up for grabs” and he claims the position

Martin offers to help downstate counties recruit candidates so the party can offer a full legislative slate in 2010

Martin calls the failure to fill the 52nd senate District seat an example of “abominable leadership”

(CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)(October 9, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold an Urbana news conference today, October 9th to slam “incompetent and ineffective statewide Republican Party leadership.”

In a letter to State Party Chairman Pat Brady and Illinois Senate leader Christine Radogno, Martin says the failure to actively recruit a candidate for the 52nd Illinois Senate District is pathetic. The Republican Party is a classic example of a dying institution, Martin charges, due to the mendacity of the party’s statewide leadership.

“I saw Tom Kacich’s column on the vacant 52nd district and I said to myself ‘What are Brady and Radogno doing, if they are not recruiting a full slate of candidates?’ That’s the first duty of a party leader. How do they expect to win the 2010 election with vacant districts?” Martin asks.

“In over forty years of political involvement I have never seen more worthless political leadership. Other than trying to undermine my campaign, I fail to see that state party leaders are doing anything to rebuild the downstate counties. Last year they left a congressional seat vacant.

“I am claiming effective working control and leadership of the downstate Republican Party. In an open letter to downstate Republicans I offer to help them recruit candidates and do whatever else they ask me to do. I will do whatever downstate Republicans ask me to do. We need to field a full slate of candidates. We need to organize for victory, not just count our chickens before they hatch.

“I hate to quote Woody Allen, but he did say ‘Eighty percent of success is showing up.’ How can we be successful as a party if we do not show up with a full slate of candidates?

“The Daley Machine always fields a full slate of candidates, even in hopelessly Republican areas. As a result, the Machine continues to erode Republican strength in suburban areas and exert a stranglehold over the city. A properly led Republican Party would have a candidate for every state legislative district across the state, period.

“I have a downstate background, and I enjoy working with downstaters. Downstate has been abandoned by the Chicago-based Republican Party leadership. I know Illinois begins at Interstate 80; it doesn’t end there as some Republicans believe. My campaign’s resources are available to downstate Republicans for any assistance they deem appropriate.”

Martin will also discuss his high-speed rail proposal (see http://www.illinoishighspeedtrains.com_/) that was formally launched in Carbondale last week, as well as extend his congratulations to the UI Board of Trustees for selecting Stan Ikenberry as interim president.

Martin is a 1969 graduate of the U. I. College of law.

October 8th news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


Sidewalk news conference, Lorado Taft Alma Mater statute, corner of Green and Wright Streets, Urbana


Friday, October 9, 2009 2:00 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin claims effective control of the downstate Republican Party and vows to push for a “full slate” of legislative candidates. Martin will also address the appointment of Stan Ikenberry as interim president, as well as commenting on his high-speed rail proposal.


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October 9, 2009

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

with copy to:

Hon. Christine Radogno
Illinois Senate Leader (Rep.)
410 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439
via fax (630) 243-0808

Re: 52nd Illinois Senate District

Dear Pat and Christine:

The 52nd Illinois senate district is a winnable Republican seat. Yet local media perceive no active efforts on your part to fill this vacancy. Why?

The first duty of party leaders is to field a full slate of candidates. Or, as Woody Allen says, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Even a “good year” in 2010 will be meaningless if we fail to field a full slate of candidates.

The future of the people of Illinois is in jeopardy. If Democrats get to redistrict, the Republican Party will become a tiny minority.

I have watched the Daley Machine erode Republican strength in Cook County. It has taken decades, but the Machine is making steady inroads with every election. The Machine fields candidates in every district, not just the winnable ones. Republicans need to do the same. Every General Assembly district should have a Republican candidate. Two weeks before petitioning ends, nothing is being done to fill slates. That is inadequate leadership.

As near as I can tell, you have virtually abandoned the downstate areas. That is why I am offering to fill the gap. I am offering my campaign resources to local downstate areas. Local leaders still need the benefit of statewide resources. My campaign will make them available.

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance. In the meantime, I would like to see the 52nd district seat filled with a Republican candidate before petitioning ends.

Respectfully submitted,


Republican for U. S. Senator/2010
“He Works for all the People of Illinois”
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Chicago, IL 60611-4723
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October 9, 2009

Dear Illinois Republican:

2010 could be good year for Illinois Republicans. Maybe. We can’t win if we don’t show up. The 52nd Illinois Senate District (I am a candidate for U. S. Senator, not Illinois Senate) has no Republican candidate. The 52nd is a long-time Republican seat. Why forfeit?

Normally U. S. Senate candidates do not provide resources to local campaigns. But in view of the moribund state of Republican leadership, my campaign is available to serve downstate areas, in fact any areas of the state.

We will do whatever you ask us to do. Together, let’s set a goal to have a Republican file for every seat in the General Assembly, both Senate and House, even in overwhelmingly Democratic areas.

If you need my campaign’s help, just ask. Together we can recruit candidates, and regroup and rebuild the Illinois Republican Party. If the so-called “state party leaders” won’t pay attention to downstate communities, I will.

Pick up the phone. Let’s start working together. Let’s be prepared for victory in 2010, not just expecting a windfall.



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The Anti-Andy Martin said...

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