Maverick Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will file with the New Hampshire Secretary of State on Monday, October 17th to run in the 2012 presidential primary. Andy has issued a statement outlining his Greek-American heritage in
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Greek-American Presidential Candidate Andy Martin set to file on Monday, October 17th for 2012
Republican reformer Andy Martin will shake up the Republican race with an aggressive campaign
“My opponents have all been part of the problem,” Andy says “How can they be part of the solution?”
Andy may become the last native Greek-speaking presidential candidate to ever file for the presidency
Andy issued a statement to the Greek-American community to announce his filing.
STATEMENT OF ANDY MARTIN, GREEK-AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ON FILING FOR THE
Normally “dark horse” presidential candidates don’t cause a lot of commotion. But with the Republican party’s nominating process in disarray there is still plenty of time to make history. The current “flavor of the month candidate” Herman Cain is not the last word on the White House campaign. After Mitt Romney, I may have the best organized presidential campaign in
I am very proud to carry my Greek-American heritage into the presidential primary process.
The Greek-American immigrant experience was very different than that of many other ethnic groups. Other nationalities arrived impoverished, without education, and struggled. Most Greeks did not come in poverty and they were seldom “poor” after they arrived in
My family came from a prosperous, educated middle class family in
My grandfather came first and later brought his wife and children. From our arrival we prized community service and education. My grandmother Evdokia Vasiliou was one of the founding members and instigators of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in
My wonderful uncle Bill Vasiliou who was such an inspiration in my own life was the first Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles, which was founded in
Soon after arriving in
Today the legendary “Greek Lobby” of the 1960’s and 70’s no longer exists. Greek interests are often ignored. It took ten (10) years and a federal court lawsuit for the Port Authority of New York to arrange for a site to reconstruct the Greek Orthodox church at the
In October we also celebrate “Ohi” day, when
This “Ohi Day” I hope to celebrate with Brother Ahepans at a dinner in
As I ponder the uphill presidential campaign it would be easy to sit down, lie back and do nothing because “I can’t win.” I say “Ohi” to such defeatist attitudes.
And “Greek” is only half of my heritage. I am also an “American.” I was trained at the
I have been fighting corruption in
Because I grew up in a native Greek-speaking household, and was bilingual from birth, I may be the last, the final Greek-speaking presidential candidate to file for the office. It has been 24 years since Mike Dukakis ran. Because of constitutional requirements it is unlikely others will follow me with the same linguistic and family background. I will do my best uphold the traditions that mean so much to all of us.
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ABOUT ANDY: Andy Martin’s family immigrated to
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Andy has been a leading corruption fighter in
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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