Internet powerhouse Andy Martin offers to serve as interim U. S. Senator from Illinois on a nonpartisan basis
“Blagogate” bombshell: Illinois Governor could name independent reformer to the U. S. Senate. In a letter to embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Illinois corruption-fighter Andy Martin offers to serve as interim U. S. Senator on a nonpartisan basis. “Everyone in Illinois politics knows me,” says Martin. “I go back forty years fighting corruption and irritating both political parties with exposures and disclosures. And I am the only person in the state who has the experience and immediate resources to have a senate office up and running when Congress convenes in January. Once the senate seat issue is taken of off the table with my appointment, the politicians can fight out their other differences without compromising our voice in Washington.” Martin pledges not to campaign for reelection or engage in political activity during the 2-year appointment.
Internet powerhouse Andy Martin suggests that Governor Rod Blagojevich name Martin as interim U. S. Senator
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INTERNET POWERHOUSE ANDY MARTIN ASKS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH TO NAME MARTIN AS INTERIM UNITED STATES SENATOR
MARTIN AGREES NOT TO CAMPAIGN OR DO FUND RAISING FOR ANY 2008 ILLINOIS ELECTION
“CHOOSING ME WOULD CONFOUND BOTH PARTIES AND PLACE A REFORMER IN THE SENATE,” SAYS MARTIN. “THEY WOULD HAVE A HARD TIME REJECTING MY APPOINTMENT”
(CHICAGO)(December 12, 2008) Internet powerhouse Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference today, Friday, December 12th to announce that he is asking Governor Rod Blagojevich to name Martin as interim U. S. Senator.
“The Governor’s options are limited,” Martin will tell a Chicago news conference on Friday. “If he tries to make any traditional or conventional choice for the interim appointment, everyone will immediately and ruthlessly attack. So for practical purposes he has lost the power of appointment. But the People of Illinois should not lose their voice in Washington.
“Likewise, the Washington Post’s call today for a special election would be costly and deny Illinoisans a voice for many months.
“I am a well-known figure in Illinois politics. I have a record of over forty years fighting corruption in both parties. No one can accuse me of ‘pay to play’ or anything remotely related. I have devoted my entire life to exposing and opposing political corruption in Illinois.
“I have contemplated being a candidate in any special election or 2010. But I think I can be of greater service to this great state by foregoing any further ambitions in 2009-2010, and offering to serve the People of Illinois without conducting campaigning or fundraising, on a nonpartisan basis as interim U. S. Senator. If the Governor selected me, his opponents would have a hard time denying the seat to an independent reformer and corruption fighter.
“The reality is that the hysteria of the past few days will pass, no later than the approach of Christmas. If I were a lawyer advising the Governor, I would urge him not to resign, but rather to hunker down and fight back. That advice obviously contemplates an extended period of uncertainty.
“The Attorney General’s threats to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to remove the Governor are nothing but media-inspired blather. Article V, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution does not remotely give the Attorney General the right to seek to remove the Governor for political reasons. General Madigan’s vacuous threats are as inappropriate as the Governor’s own behavior.
“I am not a ‘politician’ and I will file and record with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, prior to taking the oath as U. S. Senator, an enforceable contract allowing the voters to remove me if I breach my solemn commitment not to campaign, not to file with the Federal Election Commission and not to open a campaign account. As a matter of contract law, I will deliver ‘consideration’ of $10 to the Illinois Treasurer’s office.
“I promise to serve independently of any party, and on as nonpartisan a basis as possible. I will not sit with either party in the Senate. I promise to devote myself unselfishly over the next two years to solving our great national problems, and to helping heal the wounds which are now laid bare to the people of this state, to the nation and to the world, as a result of Illinois’ unfortunate history of greed and graft.
“Because of my extensive legal and legislative experience I can be effective from day one. I don’t need a learning curve. I have the resources to have my senate office up and running when Congress convenes in January.
“I am as an unlikely a choice for senator as anyone can imagine, but my selection would both frustrate everyone in the political world and ensure that Illinoisans had an immediate voice in Washington over the next two years.
“I would obviously have to step down as a leader of the anti-Obama movement.
“The Governor will hopefully act expeditiously on my suggestion and offer,” Martin will state. “In all likelihood it is the best, and only, offer he will receive or can successfully accept to fill the vacancy. My appointment as interim U S. Senator will probably be the Governor’s last opportunity to redeem the pledge of reform that he made six years ago.”
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Internet Powerhouse and Author/Editor/Internet Columnist Andy Martin
Andy Martin suggests that Governor Rod Blagojevich name Martin as interim U. S. Senator. Martin agrees not to seek election and to avoid any campaigning or fund raising activity. He would serve on a nonpartisan basis.
Southeast corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago; afterwards, Martin will proceed to the Thompson Center where he will deliver his offering letter to the Governor’s office.
Friday, December 12, 2:00 P. M.
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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