U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin condemns his opponent Mark Kirk for a “complete abdication of leadership.” Martin promises both vigorous partisanship on domestic matters and vigorous bipartisanship on national security issues. Martin says Illinois can handle Guantanamo prisoners at our Thomson Correctional Facility. “Mark Kirk should stop scaring Illinoisans,” Martin says. “Western Illinois can sure use thousands of new federal jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new payrolls.”
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ANDY MARTIN /2010
“The name you can trust”
Republican for U. S. Senator
30 E. Huron Street, Suite 4406
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ATTENTION DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
ANNOUNCEMENT OF MONDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Andy Martin says he will assume leadership of Republican Party efforts to bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of federal payrolls to Illinois
Martin says Mark Kirk has “failed his first test as a statewide leader”
Martin says local Republicans and patriots will rally to support his views
(CHICAGO)(November 16, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Monday, November 16th to announce that he will lead the Republican Party side of bipartisan efforts to bring federal prisoners to the Thomson Correctional Facility if Guantanamo is closed.
“There are several things that need to be addressed,” Martin will state. “First, this is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to work together as Americans and Illinoisans. I have already received offers of local Republican support from the Thomson community. I want to bring the thousands of federal jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal payrolls that will come with a transfer of the Guantanamo prisoners.
“Second, the war against terror was thrust upon us. We did not seek to harm any nation. The American people are at peace with the world. But if we must fight, fight we must. If we must take prisoners, we must arrange to hold them. The efforts to scare Americans into maintaining a ‘Devil’s Island’ in Cuba are irresponsible. We must be united and appear united as a nation if we are going to defeat the terrorist threat to civilization.
“Third, Illinoisans have a long history of running secure correctional facilities. If the administration makes a decision to close Guantanamo, we should welcome thousands of federal jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal payrolls. Illinoisans already manage one of the nation’s most secure facilities, U. S. Penitentiary Marion, where the ‘worst of the worst’ are held. Illinoisans have a ‘can do’ spirit.
“Fourth, I support humane treatment even for prisoners who have committed inhumane acts. We are not going to win the war against terror by showing we are as evil and deranged as our adversaries. We are going to win by showing the religious extremists that terrorism will not intimidate or disrupt our society. Our civilization and our values are more powerful than the doctrines of hate and murder advocated by terrorists.
“I unhesitatingly condemn torture and abuse of prisoners, not because I love the evil doers but because I love our Constitution and I respect and love the strength of our national institutions. America will prevail. Our values will prevail. We will defeat and destroy the terrorists wherever we find them.
“I regret that some Republicans seek to scare Illinoisans and seek partisan profit in the upcoming primary for U. S. Senator.
“I condemn Mark Kirk for his abdication of responsibility as a potential statewide leader. Mark Kirk’s behavior has been disgraceful. He claims to be a military man and ‘intelligence officer’ but he becomes a panicked child at the first opportunity to demonstrate senatorial statewide leadership. Mr. Kirk does not act like an Illinoisan; most recently he has been a de facto Virginia Democrat where he maintained some sort of arrangement with his former spouse.
“I represent Illinois values, Kirk does not. We are the State that sent Lincoln to Washington to save the Union and defeat slavery. I hope the people of Illinois will entrust me with the duty of serving as U. S. Senator. On partisan issues, I will be respectfully but vigorously partisan. But on matters of national security I will always extend an open hand to my Democratic colleagues. The safety of Americans and America’s world leadership should stop being a matter of partisan rancor.
“We should work to ensure that every Illinoisan helps us bring federal payrolls to Thomson. Illinois will do our fair share in the war against terror.
“Illinois leaders complain we do not get enough federal dollars back from Washington. But at the first opportunity to take a federal facility, Kirk is shrieking ‘no.’ Kirk has failed his first test as a statewide leader. Maybe Kirk should move back to Virginia. Except that Virginians may be practical enough to take the federal prisoners if Illinois refuses,” Martin says.
Martin will also condemn the biased and one-sided coverage of the Thomson controversy by Abdon Pallasch of the Chicago Sun-Times and Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune. “What’s in their wallet?” Martin asks. “Kirk cash?”
November 16th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Monday, November 16, 2009 5:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will lead efforts to develop a bipartisan approach to bringing federal prisoners to Illinois and fighting the war on terror
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of www.ContrarianCommentary.com. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of experience. He has over forty years of experience in Asia and the Middle East, and is regarded overseas as America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York.
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