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Maverick Republican Andy Martin says the
Martin asks Illinois Republican Party leaders, meeting in Bolingbroke later today, to amend their proposed rules to open the process further with “no minimum” requirements for delegates
Andy Martin suggests Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Illinois hospitality industry should strongly support Andy's proposals even though Emanuel is a Democrat; Martin says his plan would bring a minimum of $50 million to Illinois in media spending and hospitality services
Martin is the only Republican presidential candidate who votes in
“I am hoping to attend the Bolingbroke meeting Tuesday afternoon in person, but given weather predictions I may be delayed flying home,” Andy says. “I will, however, hold a
“First, I was not planning to contest the 2012
“Illinois Republicans are finally realizing an expensive primary process costs the state tens of millions of dollars which flow to competitive primary states. New Hampshire, a tiny state compared to Illinois, reaps millions of dollars in campaign spending for media advertising and hospitality services because of the state’s ‘First Primary’ and the fact that ballot access is inexpensive, costing just $1,000.
“The Republican National Committee has now mandated changes for the selection of 2012 national convention delegates. Unfortunately, the proposed
“I sincerely hope Illinois Republican leaders will listen to my suggestions, since my plan would bring tens of millions of dollars to the state in the form of media advertising and other primary campaign expenditures (hotels, food, etc.).
“First, Illinois Republicans propose to accept ‘RNC Alternative #2’ as the
“The RNC made the ‘statewide’ vote proposal the ‘default’ for an obvious reason: it is the simplest and it will create the most vigorously contested primary.
“Second, Illinois Republicans propose a high ‘minimum’ vote for candidates to receive any delegates. Under the original plan, you had to get 20% of the vote to get any delegates (which meant, conversely, that someone cold claim 100% of Illinois’ delegates with 21% of the vote if no one else reached 20%). The current plan is to set a 10% threshold as the minimum vote required to receive any delegates. But the RNC does not require any minimum vote to get delegates. Why seek to suppress participation by requiring high ‘minimums?’
“I recommend the Illinois Republican Party eliminate the minimum requirement to receive delegates, or reduce the minimum to 5%, so that candidates will be encouraged to participate knowing they can receive delegates without receiving a minimum number of primary votes or receiving a small number. Five percent minimum would mean a candidate received at last 3 delegates. That would draw candidates to
“Finally, although the proposed change states candidates will choose their own delegates, which is obviously an important First Amendment right of candidates, the proposed rule is silent on what ‘candidate’ means. Does it mean local activists? The rule should state clearly that the selection of delegates should be made under the candidate’s signature, so that the national campaign picks delegates.
“If the Illinois Republican Party adopts my proposals I think we will see a minimum of $50 million in primary-related spending coming to
“Are you listening Mayor Emanuel?
“Fifty million dollars would be a shot in the arm to
“If we are serious about helping
“Let’s do it. It’s a ‘no-brainer.’
Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin asks the Illinois Republican party to lower the minimum level required to receive 2012 national convention delegates
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