In his final letter as a primary candidate to New Hampshire citizens, congressional candidate Andy Martin expresses strong support for Governor Chris Sununu, as well as issuing a challenge to primary voters and the Republican Party. Martin also asks Granite Staters a question: “What if I had not run or congress?” Martin closes with a promise to Make New Hampshire Proud, asking Granite Staters for their vote today.
ANDY MARTIN /2018
Republican candidate for Congress
First Congressional District
P.O. Box 742
Manchester, NH 03105-0742
Tel. (603) 518-7310
Fax (866) 214-3210
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This letter is one of New Hampshire First District congressional candidate Andy Martin’s continuing reports to the citizens of his district
Today Martin offers some positive thoughts about Governor Chris Sununu, asks Republicans what kind of voters they really are, and also asks voters to consider what the primary would have been like if Martin had not run.
(MANCHESTER, NH)(September 11, 2018)
Dear New Hampshire Citizen:
This is my fifteenth and last letter to you from the primary campaign trail. Later today I either become the nominee for congress or a former candidate for this election cycle.
So this is a three-part letter. First, I want to say some very positive things about our Governor, Chris Sununu. Second, I want to challenge you to ask yourself, “what kind of a primary voter am I?” Finally, I want to challenge you with a question: “What if Martin had not run?”
1. Governor Chris Sununu
Being the governor of a very closely divided state is really a challenge. I think Chris Sununu does an outstanding job. Over the past several months I have spoken at events with Chris; I first met him a couple of years ago. I am impressed.
Last Saturday, in a barn where the Seacoast Women were serving chili and there was a constant din of background noise, Chris delivered a profound message to the party faithful. I wish more of you had been there to hear him. Sununu said, “Those of us here are the believers. But what about those voters who are not here? How do we reach them? How do we bring them in?” (I am writing from memory and this is not intended to be a verbatim report.)
Chris realizes that simply preaching to the faithful is not enough. We have to constantly recruit converts to our cause. It is not enough to say “I am a conservative,” and then sit back and wait for the election returns. This is 2018, not 1918. We need to constantly sell our party, sell our ideas, and sell our platform to voters. It is not an easy job.
Very conservative voters will complain, “He’s not conservative enough.” More moderate Republicans may complain, “he’s not liberal enough.” How do you mediate in a party with a broad spectrum of ideas and attitudes?
Sununu does a very good job. He understands that Republicans alone are not enough to ensure victory for Republican candidates. We need outreach, real outreach, constant outreach to people who may not be familiar with our views and values, and who may think Republicans are the demons they are made out to be by liberal media. We need to constantly be changing hearts and minds.
Summing up, Sununu may be the most underrated governor in America. He will win reelection, but it won’t be a landslide. The other party is competitive and will unite behind their candidate. And, I cannot say often enough, we are a closely divided state. Republicans alone cannot carry our candidates to victory. You can be proud of the job Chris Sununu does to keep New Hampshire conservative, and Republican.
2. “What kind of a primary voter am I?”
Are you someone that wants your candidate to be 100% in agreement with you? William F. Buckley once said (not exact words) he wanted to nominate the most conservative candidate who can win. I have not tried to out-conservative my opponents. Andy Sanborn is a very conservative member of the state senate. But he is not very effective, and he could not even persuade a majority of his fellow senators to endorse him (Edwards has state senate endorsements). So just being a conservative is not enough to win in November.
Sanborn keeps saying the First District is a “Republican district.” It is not. It is a very, very competitive district, a real tossup. Trump and others carried the district two years ago because of the wave of new voters Trump brought to Republican candidates. But Trump is not on the ballot this November. Republican winners in the primary have a big challenge ahead of them on September 12th.
Eddie Edwards has tried to match Sanborn on conservative issues, and done a pretty good job. But I am not convinced Edwards has the depth of experience necessary to face the Democrat “killing machine” that is waiting to attack the winner on September 12th.
Me? Am I perfect? Good gracious no. The Democrats will attack me just as viciously as the others. But I have decades of national experience knowing how to fight back. When Adam Sexton misstated my record in the recent debate, I jumped on him. He was dead wrong and I did not hesitate to say so. So, yes, I am probably by far the most conservative candidate who can win.
I am committed to fighting the toxicity in Washington. Disrupting congressional hearings is not “free speech” as some Democrats have said. It is anarchy. And I will condemn the anarchy. But I will also make a special effort to sit down with our opponents. No, my views and values are not for sale, not even for compromise. But I know how to talk to people, how to negotiate. I will also give the “Great Negotiator” a little advice about toning down his Twitter feed.
So are you going to vote for the candidate that said he was “most conservative,” and made you feel good during the primary? Or are you going to vote for me, so we can fight the Democrats and actually win in November? Ask yourself, what kind of a voter are you? I hope you’re someone committed to winning.
Trump was not the most conservative candidate during the Republican primaries. But he was the most conservative candidate who could win. Justice Gorsuch and future Justice Kavanaugh are proof positive that winning counts.
By falsely trying to portray the primary as a “bitter” contest between Sanborn and Edwards the Fake News media in New Hampshire may have sabotaged those candidates and created lasting hostility. I am not at all sure that Edwards voters will vote for Sanborn. Sanborn voters may not support Edwards. Poof. The general election is lost before it even begins. As a first step to uniting the party I have promised that if you nominate me, I will ask Edwards and Sanborn to serve as co-chairman of my campaign in the fall.
One again, I am the conservative who can win.
3. What if Andy Martin had not run for Congress? Or, put another way, think of all the great work he could do for us in Washington
Ask yourself, what if I had not run for congress? You would not have had access to over 1,000 pages of information about Andy Sanborn. Whether you support or oppose Sanborn, you can make an informed decision on primary day. I brought the “Sanborn papers” to light through my work with the Attorney General. The Sanborn matter had been forgotten; the media were ignoring it. Until I negotiated a deal for the release of the state’s records.
Just think of how shocked you would have been in October when the Democrats’ mudslingers unloaded on Sanborn if he had become the candidate. Pretty devastating.
Likewise, you would not know about Eddie Edwards’ $160,000 settlement with the State Liquor Commission. Once again, you can make an informed decision. The Settlement was sitting on the shelf for five (5) years before I asked to have it made public. The media had done nothing to inform you. Just think of what it would have been like if Edwards won the primary, and Democrats unloaded the Settlement on voters just before the election. Pretty difficult.
Concerning the Democrats, I have not defeated Maura Sullivan. But the record shows it was my constant bombardment of Sullivan that finally motivated the “Cowardly Lions” (her opposing candidates) to stand up and start challenging her. The media had made Sullivan sound like a one-woman unbeatable wave. After I had a go at her, she doesn’t seem so invincible any more.
My point: During this primary I have done what a congressman does. I have challenged the conventional wisdom and the established orthodoxy. I have opened up closed records for your review. You don’t have to ask yourself, “Can Martin do the job?” I have been “on the job” since I filed as a candidate, telling you the truth about the process and letting you see the government’s secret files for yourself. All in all a very effective performance. No one had a greater influence on the primary election than me. Just ask my opponents.
Can one man make a difference in Washington? Well, I’ve done a pretty good job of making a difference during the primary. Give me a chance to do the same in congress.
I’ll make New Hampshire proud.
I need your vote today to continue making a difference in our state and in our politics. Please vote. It will make a big difference.
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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:
Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With fifty years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to: http://www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm
Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.
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 (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at http://www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire over 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
Andy’s opinion columns are posted at ContrarianCommentary.com, ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com and ContrarianCommentary.wordpress.com
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