Andy Martin will be outside the Union League Club of Chicago where Kirk is pandering to the corporate elite. Martin says Kirk is committing criminal violations by using his military uniform and “duty” gigs to shamelessly promote his political campaign. Kirk refuses to answer questions over his role in the Mark Foley sex scandal.
ANDY MARTIN PICKETS UNION LEAGUE CLUB TO PROTEST MARK KIRK’S MISUSE OF THE MILITARY
U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is misusing taxpayer funds and misusing his military uniform to promote Kirk’s political campaign
Martin says he intends to file a complaint with Secretary of Defense William Gates to stop Kirk’s abuse of reserve status
Martin says Kirk's private appearance at Chicago’s Union League Club is proof positive that Kirk is the candidate of Chicago’s corporate elite
ANDY MARTIN /2010
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Republican for U. S. Senator
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THURSDAY MORNING NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Martin demands that Mark Kirk release his complete military records to public scrutiny.
Should someone who covered up pedophilia in Congress be in a U. S. Navy uniform, Martin asks? What about the plethora of gay media that say Kirk is a homosexual?
Is the Obama administration allowing Mark Kirk to violate federal laws against misuse of military property for political purposes in order to promote Kirk as a “Manchurian Candidate” in the Republican Party?
(CHICAGO)(January 7, 2010) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent "Internet Powerhouse" Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference and ongoing media availability Thursday morning, January 7th from 7:15 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. in front of the Union League Club to accuse Mark Kirk of illegally using taxpayer funds and a military uniform to promote his political candidacy.
“Normally, we honor our men and women in uniform,” Martin will state while he pickets the Union League Club. “I know I do. I revere military service. I am very proud of my Honorable Discharge. But when Mark Kirk gives a ‘special briefing’ to Chicago’s corporate stuff shirts after a quick visit to Asia, Kirk is stealing from U. S. taxpayers and misusing the Navy uniform to promote his political candidacy.
“Kirk performed no useful services wherever he was traveling on his latest political joy ride. Kirk's behavior is a gross misuse of his reserve status, and he has been committing these abuses for years without any searching inquiry from his liberal constituents on the North Shore.
“The U. S. Navy is not a Motel 6 where Mark Kirk can check in for a few days to polish his political candidacy with Navy 'service' days before an election.
"I have no problem with honest and open congressional trips to visit war zones. I have seen legislators in Baghdad when I was there in 2003. But in reality and practicality Kirk is traveling as a congressional VIP, not as an ordinary officer. If he wants to prove me wrong, let him ask Secretary Gates to release all of the Pentagon's files on Kirk's travel to military zones, both current and past.
“Kirk's misuse of his reserve status is an insult to the patriots who are serving our nation, and whose families are sacrificing and who do not get to do 'weekend' duty for political campaigns. Kirk is once again traveling under false pretenses in life when he claims he is ‘serving’ the Navy. In reality he is only serving his political campaign. This is gross misuse of the uniform.
“There are federal criminal laws that prohibit the conduct of politics or the use of military property for political purposes. They are designed to prevent precisely the type of trips Kirk uses to promote himself politically. He goes off for a few days as a VIP and claims he is ‘serving on reserve duty.’
“It is time for Mark Kirk to stop committing criminal acts (misuse of military premises). The Union League Club promptly planted a picture of Kirk on its website. Who took the photograph?
“How did Kirk travel to Afghanistan or wherever he was? As a Member of Congress? Or as an ordinary serviceman?
“We also have had evidence that Kirk has apparently duped his former ‘wife,’ Kimberly Vertolli, about his ‘action’ status. While I do not doubt Kirk actually holds a commission, we have a growing body of evidence that suggests Kirk is a world-class ‘Walter Mitty warrior.’ There is much, much more to come on the scandal involving Kirk’s misuse of the military. Once again, we have caught the ‘mainstream’ media napping.
“I previously asked Kirk to disclose all of his military records to document his earlier claims. Kirk refuses to do so. He refused to provide the public and voters with any supporting documentation of how he goes overseas, and what he actually does. In other words, once again we see Mark Kirk ‘posing’ as something he is not, and misusing the process to advance himself personally.
“The Union League Club should be embarrassed to promote Kirk this way. Last month the Union League Club expressed interest in sponsoring a candidates’ forum, including Kirk and other candidates. Kirk convinced them to provide him with a private opportunity to address the corporate elite of Chicago. Kirk does not represent Illinois. Kirk represents Washington to the corporate members of the Union League Club.
“The scandal over Mark Kirk’s misuse of his military uniform, and the way the Obama administration is allowing Kirk to politically campaign in war zones, is just beginning. Stay tuned.”
Martin will picket the Union League Club from 7:15 A.M. to 9:15 A.M.
January 7th news conference and media availability details:
U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin
Sidewalk news conference, in front of Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Street, downtown Chicago
Thursday, January 7, 2010 7:15 A.M. – 9:15 A.M.
Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Mark Kirk is illegally using the Department of Defense to promote his political candidacy; Martin will ask whether Kirk’s abuses indicate he is being used as a “Manchurian Candidate” of the Obama administration in the Republican Party
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