U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin responds to a request by so-called “pro-family” leaders to withdraw by suggesting that their candidate, Patrick Hughes, be the one to exit the senate primary. Martin ridicules “Imperial” Hughes for paying a personal chauffer $10,000 while running out of money to pay for broadcast advertising. “This man is going to ‘balance the budget,’” Andy asks. “Hughes can’t even manage his own campaign budget.”
CHICAGO NEWS CONFERENCE: Saturday January 30th
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Patrick Hughes should withdraw as a Senate candidate
Martin says that Hughes has run a “disgraceful, disingenuous and dishonorable” campaign
Martin says Hughes’ “$10,000 chauffer” was emblematic of a ridiculous campaign
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 SATURDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Andy Martin calls on Patrick Hughes to withdraw as a senate candidate after Hughes’ “disgraceful, disingenuous and dishonorable” campaign
Martin notes Hughes spent a half million dollars of campaign funds on luxuries such as a $10,000 chauffer but never aired a single broadcast ad
Martin says Hughes fraudulent list of “endorsements” this week was a disgrace to the political process
(CHICAGO)(January 30, 2010) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Saturday, January 30th to ridicule Patrick Hughes’ latest request that other candidates withdraw in favor of Hughes. Martin will counter that Hughes has run a “disgraceful and dishonorable” campaign and should himself withdraw.
“From the first day Hughes announced, Patrick Hughes has been lying, dissembling, misrepresenting and exaggerating his resources to Illinois Republicans,” Martin will state. “Having offered Illinoisans and campaign contributors a pack of lies, it is Mr. Hughes himself who should withdraw.
“His campaign has now run out of cash without ever running any broadcast advertising.
“On August 20th when he announced as a candidate, Hughes said he had ‘commitments’ of $400,000. He never even raised a large fraction of that amount. At the gitgo, Hughes was lying. There were no ‘commitments.’
“Hughes spent six months exaggerating, and running a grossly incompetent campaign. Hughes had no money for broadcast advertising but found $10,000 in campaign cash for a personal chauffer:
“Hughes was the ‘imperial’ candidate, driving around the state with his chauffer while being unable to raise funds or rouse supporters.
“Hughes said Mike Ditka was on his Finance Committee. Ditka never served on any such committee. Hughes did manage to extort a lukewarm ‘endorsement’ out of Ditka after Ditka was embarrassed by his own confusion and malapropism.
“During the past few days, Hughes has cemented his status as one of the most dishonest candidates in Illinois political history. He falsely claimed that some Republican Party officials had endorsed him. They denied Hughes’ claim:
“Throughout Hughes six-month charade, so-called ‘pro-family’ poseurs have encouraged and endorsed Hughes after every embarrassment and disaster. But these so-called leaders never generated any significant financial support for Hughes.
“Hughes has been a world-class namedropper. He shamelessly drops the names of State House Republican leader Tom Cross and State Senator Kirk Dillard. He claimed that Richard Perle was his ‘adviser’ but Perle never appeared anywhere to confirm that fact. He claimed to have the endorsement of talk show hosts, but in one case that endorsement (Mark Levin) disappeared from the radio host’s web site. None of these people hosted a fundraiser or did anything commensurate with Hughes claims of ‘support and endorsement.’ The only person Hughes has not claimed an endorsement from Lady Gaga.
“Sadly, Hughes proved himself to be a complete chumbolone. Everyone took him to the cleaners. He hired a $10,000 ‘chauffer.’ He paid out tens of thousands of dollars in staff salaries. But he never aired a single broadcast ad. Instead, he ran a handful of cable TV advertisements as a face-saving gesture.
“Hughes promised Jack Roeser he would dump Paul Caprio, but failed to do so. Caprio collected another check from Hughes in the recent financial forms. Roeser’s own mascots, John Biver and Doug Ibendahl, have shamelessly promoted Hughes. For what?
“Illinois Review? The ‘Crossroads of the Chumbolone Community?’ The IR weenies have been in overdrive over Hughes.
“I am the only candidate who can stand up to Barack Obama. I am the only candidate who has stood up to the crooked Republican Party leadership in Illinois and exposed Mark Kirk as a military masquerader and worse.
“Unlike Hughes, who has been badgering his opponents to withdraw for months, with a conspicuous lack of success, I would never ask another candidate to withdraw.
“When this primary is over, the false prophets of the so-called pro-family movement need to do some deep soul-searching about their misguided role in the primary. They met in secret last summer to endorse Hughes, after cash changed hands. They took their Thirty Pieces of Silver and delivered their endorsements. Phyllis Schlafly did not even know she had endorsed Hughes, raising a cloud over her own mental competence to be a leader of Illinois voters from a residence in Missouri. I could go on, but you get the point.
“Hughes greased palms from Chicago to Washington, and it got him nothing but a lot of empty promises and hollow endorsements.
“We still have time to unify against Kirk, and to work on a united basis against the Democrats. If voters want to join me, I am prepared to lead,” Martin will state. “Hughes is no leader. He proved to be the Sad Sack of the so-called pro-family movement.”
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60611-4723
January 28, 2010
Dear Mr. Martin,
As leaders of many of the pro-family groups in this state, we want to thank you for your willingness to put your personal life on hold in order to run for Senate. We know it is a sacrifice and we are grateful to you for that.
We have a common purpose. We all love our country and our state and are concerned about the moral and fiscal chaos we’ve seen at home and in the nation’s capitol. We are certain your motivation to get in this race was to change that.
But we ask you now to consider doing something difficult in the best interest of the state and the nation. Patrick Hughes is the only conservative candidate who has enough support to beat the very liberal and well-funded Mark Kirk. Even if we can unite conservative voters in the state, it will still be an uphill battle. But it is certain that Mark Kirk will prevail if all current candidates remain in the race.
We implore you to drop out of the race and throw your support behind Patrick Hughes as soon as possible. We are asking Kathleen Thomas, Judge Don Lowery and John Arrington to do the same. As it stands now, we will be doomed to yet another Democratic victory in the fall if we don’t have a strong conservative candidate to face them in November. Voters will stay home if Mark Kirk wins.
If you will do this, we as family leaders in the state will remember your demonstration of selflessness in this race in the future.
If you can respond to this letter, we will send out a press release praising you for this move. Voters won’t forget what you did.
Phyllis Schlafly Founder and President of Eagle Forum*
David Smith Director of the Illinois Family Institute*
Sandy Rios President of Culture Campaign*
Ralph Rivera Director of Illinois Citizens for Life PAC*
Bob Van Den Bosch Founder of Concerned Christian Americans*
*Organizations and titles for the purposes of identification only
January 30th news conference details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash,
Chicago (weather permitting)
Saturday, January 30th 2:00 P.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin calls on his opponent Patrick Hughes to withdraw after Hughes’ “disgraceful, disingenuous and dishonorable campaign”
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