Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference Monday, October 31st to demand that Herman Cain authorize the National Restaurant Association to release its complete personnel files on Mr. Cain. Andy threatens a lawsuit if Cain and the restaurant group refuse to release all of the files. Andy says Herman Cain is “finished as a presidential candidate” if he refuses to make full disclosure of his employment records related to the pending accusations of sexual harassment.
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW YORK PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN NEWS CONFERENCE
ATTENTION NATIONAL AND NEW YORK DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says that if Herman Cain has nothing hide he should stop hiding
Andy says allegations of sexual harassment are serious; Cain must respond by authorizing the release of his full employment records at the National Restaurant Association
“We don’t need another ‘Clarence Thomas’ as our presidential candidate,” Andy suggests
Andy is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York and played a small role in creating modern equal employment law for women
Andy says the liberal media have unwittingly been helping Cain conduct a “cover-up,” by pretending Cain left Godfather’s Pizza to enter politics, when Cain has had extensive and more relevant employment over the past fifteen years
(NEW YORK) (October 31, 2011) Corruption-fighting Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will hold a New York City news conference Monday, October 31st to demand that Herman Cain authorize the release of Cain’s complete personnel files at the National Restaurant Association, including any records related to the payment of claims involving Cain. Andy says Cain must answer allegations of sexual harassment fully and immediately. Andy may sue the restaurant group if Cain refuses to release his personnel files. (See numerous links below.)
“Sexual harassment is serious business. The allegation has been made that long after the Clarence Thomas imbroglio, Herman Cain was ‘coming on’ to women. If the accusations are true that charges were lodged against Cain and payments were made to resolve the complaints, at a minimum Cain showed extremely poor judgment which would call into question his wisdom and maturity to discharge the duties of president.
“My own team has been working on an article/investigation of Cain for some time. We have always been troubled by the strange way Cain is described by the liberal media as the ‘former president of Godfather’s Pizza,’ since Cain left that job in 1996 and has had extensive subsequent employment which was much more relevant to his presidential campaign.
“Why has Cain deliberately sought to suggest—since no dates are ever given-that Cain went from Godfather’s to politics, when he stopped along the way in Washington to become a lobbyist, and later became a de facto employee of the Koch Brothers?
“The media have been ‘aiding and abetting’ in Cain’s cover-up by introducing him repeatedly to national debate audiences as a former executive of Godfather’s, when Cain had extensive subsequent employment as a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association and as an associate of the Koch Brothers. Why have the media reached back 15 years to describe Cain, when he has had more recent employment?
“The misleading introduction of Cain as a Godfather’s executive had us wondering, and investigating. Politico’s report appears to provide part of the answer.
“Cain has been drawing attention from his time at the National Restaurant Association because he probably moved on under strained circumstances. If true, the two ‘sex’ complaints lodged against him in his three years on one job is credible evidence of poor judgment and misconduct.
“According to the initial reporting by Politico, Cain told his staff to ‘get with Peter Kilgore.’ Kilgore then refused to discuss the matter. Did Cain waive his privacy rights by asking Kilgore to intervene? Is Kilgore acting as part of the cover-up? Cain needs to authorize immediate release of his employment files or he’s toast as a presidential candidate.
“This is no time for word games. Mr. Cain has to authorize release of his full employment files/settlement files at the National Restaurant Association.
“I would note in passing that I have been a leading–and was the founder–of a movement seeking to have President Barack Obama release his school records at various institutions. I believe in a fair and equal standard for looking into questions of fitness for public office. I believe the same duty of candor and full disclosure applies equally to Cain as to Obama. I do not practice a double standard.
“Furthermore, if any media organization wants any information about me which is protected by privacy statutes, I would like to offer to sign a FOIA/PA waiver so that any agency can release my files to the media upon request. I have nothing to hide. In my own life I have made a lot of enemies because of my anti-corruption activity. I may make more enemies by seeking the facts about Cain. But I would no more protect Cain than I would protect Obama. Or protect myself. As Justice Brandeis stated, ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’
“Mr. Cain can’t ‘game’ the issues about his sexual harassment as a corporate executive by invoking the ‘liberal media.’ The liberal media are with us, and they will continue to be with us. Conservatives and Republicans have to learn to live with the media.
“In asking Cain to release his files I am doing him a favor. Let me be clear. There is no way anyone, male or female, could get to Cain’s age, or my own age, without causing some controversy. The New York Times put its chief national reporter on my tail three years ago, and the Times conducted an investigation which looked into old lies and smears in my past. So I know something about being questioned in public about my past.
“The Times found nothing as recent as Cain’s tenure at the National Restaurant Association in 1996-1999 and Jim Rutenberg was forced to rehash controversies in my life which were a third of a century old. Mr. Cain’s difficulties are much more recent. But however painful it may be for him to do so, Mr. Cain must make full disclosure and do it immediately.
“If Cain and the National Restaurant Association continue to cover-up and stonewall I will consider filing a lawsuit to open the files and to expose Mr. Cain’s hypocrisy. The ‘cover-up is always worse than the crime.’ Now where have I heard that before?” Andy asks. “If Cain won’t ‘come clean,’ he’s finished as a presidential candidate.”
Andy was a party to Docket Number 19801 at the Federal Communications Commission; that case was the precedent-setting proceeding which eventually created equal employment opportunity for women.
OCTOBER 31ST NEW YORK NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says Herman Cain must respond to allegations of sexual harassment with release of his full employment files, not just anti-media mumbo jumbo
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Monday, October 31st, 2011, 2:00 P.M.
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ABOUT ANDY: Andy Martin’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago. His mom was born in Manchester. Growing up, Andy spent summers in New Hampshire. That’s why he’s New Hampshire’s “Favorite Son” presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential primary election.
Today Andy is a legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Chicago Public Radio calls Andy a “boisterous Internet activist.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “Chicago’s own…political activist.” He has over forty years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on regional, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world.
Andy has been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois and American politics and courts for over forty years. [www.AndyMartin.com] He is currently sponsoring http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.EnglishforAmerica.org
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).
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