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Andy Martin seeks to debate “all comers” for Republican nomination

May 17, 2007

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May 16, 2007

Mr. Andy McKenna
Illinois Republican arty
205 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60606
via fax (312) 201-0181

Re: Senate debate in Champaign

Dear Andy:

I was previously advised that the State Central Committee did not want to hear from candidates at the meeting on Saturday. I plan to be there Friday and Saturday to “meet and greet;” an invitation is going out tonight.

It occurred to me you may want to rethink your no-speech, no-debate decision.

Nothing increases interest in and attention of a party more than debates and candidate confrontations. The presidential candidates have already had two (2) debates; why not the Illinois U. S. Senate candidates, now that I have a primary opponent?

I am anxious to debate Sauerberg and he should be anxious to confront me.

It would increase the turnout and ratchet up the interest.

As a “heavyweight” debater (who is always on a diet of the other kind) I am ready to take on all comers, and especially my latest opponent.

Anyway, I am just making a suggestion. I will be there Saturday revved up and ready to go. If the Committee changes its mind about candidate speeches, please let me know in advance and I will prepare some remarks. Or I can be prepared to debate Sauerberg if you decide to stage a brief session.

Because Sauerberg is not an experienced debater or familiar with national issues I am prepared to offer him the handicap of a short debate, say thirty (30) minutes instead of the normal length.




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