U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin charges that Mark Kirk has inflated and falsified his military records. Martin says Kirk is "double-dipping" by collecting two paychecks for one job. Martin releases a U. S. Navy letter saying the Navy has no records to document Kirk's presence in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2008. Martin begins a new round of statewide advertising, and says Kirk should release all of his military records since becoming a congressman. Martin compares Kirk’s exaggerated military claims to Hillary Clinton’s false statements she was “under fire” in Bosnia.
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Mark Kirk appears to be inflating and falsifying his military service
Martin says that the U. S. Navy has no record of Kirk’s 2008 Afghanistan “deployment”
Martin begins airing a new statewide “Bunker Buster” ad attacking Kirk’s misuse of the military for campaign purposes
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 FRIDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Andy Martin demands that Mark Kirk stop misusing the U. S. Navy and U. S. Navy personnel as political props in his senate campaign
Martin demands that Kirk release all of his military records since becoming a congressman
Martin releases a copy of a U. S. Navy letter starting the Navy has no record of Kirk’s presence in Afghanistan when Kirk claimed to have “deployed” to Kandahar
“Is Mark Kirk the latest ‘Tail Gunner Joe?’” Andy asks
Martin says Kirk is a financial “double dipper” who collets two paychecks for doing one job
Martin has new embarrassments in preparation for Kirk
(CHICAGO)(January 15, 2010) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Friday, January 15th to release his new statewide “Bunker Buster” advertising campaign charging that Mark Kirk appears to have falsified and inflated his military service.
Martin promised to drop a “Bunker Buster” on Kirk at the WLS-TV senate candidates’ debate Thursday evening, and closed by announcing that he had received a letter from the U. S. Navy stating the Navy has no records to document Kirk’s presence in Afghanistan in 2008. Martin released copies of the Navy letter at a post-debate news availability.
Martin compares Kirk to the notorious Wisconsin political fraud U. S. Senator Joe McCarthy, who falsely portrayed himself as “Tail Gunner Joe” to win election. McCarthy had no military record to speak of, and was never a “tail gunner.” McCarthy went on to become notorious for red-baiting and other activity, and gave the name “McCarthyism” to the term.
“Mark Kirk seems to be the latest in a long line of military frauds, the most notorious of which was ‘Tail Gunner Joe,’ Senator Joe McCarthy who terrorized the senate in the 1950’s,” Martin will charge. “The U. S. Navy has no record of Kirk’s ‘deployment’ to Kandahar. I asked Mark Kirk to authorize the release of his military records, and he has refused. It is time for Kirk to release and authorize the Department of Defense to release all military files and records since Kirk became a congressman.
“Kirk appears to be engaging in ‘double-dipping’ payroll fraud. He goes overseas, where he is treated like and acts like a congressman, meeting with senior officials, all while collecting a second paycheck for a ‘deployment’ that is a ‘deployment’ in name only. Kirk times his military excursions to benefit his political campaigns,” Martin charges, “and collects two paychecks for one job. What a Washington beltway fraud. No true Republican and no veteran can vote for a huckster and masquerader like Kirk.”
Martin plans to keep hacking away at Kirk’s endless series of lies, prevarications and exaggerations about Kirk’s personal and military history. The Bunker Buster assembly line remains open.
Martin’s advertising attacks the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for parroting Kirk’s military propaganda and failing to see actual documentation for Kirk’s service activity.
January 6th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Chicago (weather permitting)
Friday, January 15, 2010, 3:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin launches new a “Bunker Buster” anti-Mark Kirk ad, saying Kirk may have falsified and inflated military records. Martin demands that Kirk release all of his military records since becoming a congressman.
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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 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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