New York-based Republican Presidential candidate Andy Martin

Independent Republican Presidential Candidate and conservative blogger Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference Monday morning in Palm Beach, Florida to announce he has asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to spare the life of a dog that served in Iraq alongside Rockland County Marine Megan Leavey. Martin is a dog lover who trained his own corps of Iraqi dogs in Baghdad after the 2003 invasion. Martin has close ties to the Marine Corps though his links to USMC heroes.

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Republican Presidential candidate Andy Martin asks Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to spare Marine’s dog

(NEW YORK) (March 12, 2012) New York-based Independent Republican Presidential Candidate and conservative blogger Andy Martin will hold a Florida news conference today, Monday, March 12th to announce he has asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to spare a military pooch that worked alongside a suburban New York Marine in Iraq. Martin is in Florida until March 16th.

“As someone who has close ties to the Marine Corps, and who trained my own ‘corps’ of Iraqi dogs while living in Baghdad during 2003, I am asking Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to expedite the release of a military dog to his former handler, retired USMC Cpl. Megan Leavey of suburban Rockland County New York. Martin’s letter follows:

Republican candidate for
President of the United States

Andy Martin, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Law (ret.)
City University of New York

P. O. Box 1851
New York, NY 10150-1851
Tel. (866) 706-2639; Cell (917) 664-9329
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March 12, 2012

Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

with copies to:

Michael B. Donley
Secretary of the Air Force
1670 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670

General Norton A. Schwartz
Air Force Chief of Staff
1670 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670

Re: USMC (ret.) Cpl. Megan Leavey

Dear Secretary Panetta,
Secretary Donley and
General Schwartz:

I began my career working for U. S. Senator Paul Douglas, who was a Marine Corps hero. At the Senator’s behest I also spent time with Marine units in Viet-Nam. Therefore I have a special concern for our men and women who are wounded in battle. [My own career in uniform was more limited, having served in the USAF Reserves from which I received an Honorable Discharge.]

I spent part of 2003 living in Baghdad, traversing Iraq and along the way obtaining firsthand information concerning the bravery of our men and women and their canine companions working to detect IAD’s, booby traps and other antipersonnel weapons.

Because of my own affection for dogs, I also created what I lightly called the “Royal Baghdad Canine Constabulary,” a collection of feral dogs that I trained to assist me in my own activity in Iraq. You can see a picture of “Inspectors” Jake and Lucy at my home page of I became deeply attached to them and they became somewhat well known in central Baghdad.

So the story of a Marine that was injured in Iraq, and wants to adopt Rex, to possibly save him from being euthanized, caught my eye on Fox News (“Justice”) and the NY Daily News.

I would respectfully request that you make expeditious arrangements to release Rex to Cpl. Leavey. If I may assist in any way, you can find me on the campaign trail and I will do what I can to accommodate your requirements. I will be in Washington, DC March 30-31.

Please keep me apprised of your efforts.

Respectfully submitted,






Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin


Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin works to save a Rockland County (New York) U. S. Marine’s dog.


Sidewalk in front of 95 N. County Road, Palm Beach (former U. S. Post Office)


Monday, March 12, 2012, 3:00 P.M.


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Andy Martin resides in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is the state's leading corruption fighter (details: He is the Executive Editor and publisher of E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Andy is America’s most respected independent foreign policy, military and intelligence analyst. He is a Middle East expert who is Executive Director of the Revolutionary War Research Center. He has spent over 45 years in and out of Asia and the Middle East and during much of 2003 lived in Baghdad. Andy created the anti-Obama movement in 2004 and is the author of the bestselling book "Obama: The Man Behind The Mask." Andy has continued to be a leading critic of President Barack Obama.© Copyright by Andy Martin 2016
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