Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a Tuesday, July 22nd news conference in Manchester, NH to announce he is beginning a statewide advertising campaign backing Market Basket employees in their conflict with a rapacious new management team. “I am putting my campaign solidly behind Market Basket employees that are fighting to protect their jobs, their paychecks, their benefits and the corporate culture that has been created by Arthur T. Demoulas,” Andy says. “The new ad should be ready by news conference time, and it will begin airing Wednesday morning across New Hampshire. Corporate greed and executive greed, of the type Scott Brown supports, is destroying America. I am a conservative who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working families. The Market Basket conflagration is a defining moment for New Hampshire and for America. Will conservatives stand for rebuilding the American economy so that everyone shares in the fruits of their labors, or will conservatives surrender to greedy executives and private equity pirates as they continue to steal a bigger and bigger piece of our national economic pie? Arthur T. Demoulas and I are on the right side of history.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ANNOUNCEMENT OF MANCHESTER, NH NEWS CONFERENCE
ATTENTION NATIONAL, POLITICAL, NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK & ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will announce a statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket workers
Andy calls the Market Basket battle a “defining moment for New Hampshire and for America”
Andy says Market Basket workers are “fighting back against the corporate pirates that now what to destroy their jobs and are destroying our economy. Scott Brown stands for ‘private equity,’ which endorses the plunder of publicly and privately owned assets. I stand with working families that deserve a decent job with a decent paycheck and decent benefits”
“Arthur T. Demoulas and I are on the right side of history,” Andy says.
(Manchester, NH) (July 22, 2014)
Dear Granite Stater:
Today, July 22nd, I am announcing my statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket employees. I am also announcing my full support for Market Basket employees and the restoration of Arthur T. Demoulas as chief executive of the shopping giant. If I am elected to the U. S. Senate I will support Market Basket workers and every Granite Stater that wants to work.
The Republican Party today is composed of two conflicting groups of participants. On the one hand you have the Wall Street billionaires who what to plunder the economy to satisfy their own insatiable greed. Scott Brown is a valet to these economic pirates. A vote for Scott Brown is a vote to destroy Market Basket as we know it.
On the other hand we have millions of ordinary Main Street Americans, many of them Republicans, who are struggling in the endless recession created by an economic collapse triggered by the bipartisan greed of Wall Street billionaires. Making ends meet is not easy for ordinary citizens. Private equity speculators swallow up companies and export local (New Hampshire) jobs to low-wage countries such as China. I have literally walked the highways of this state and seen the devastation created by corporate greed.
One hundred years ago, at the same time as the Demoulas family reached America, my own family came to Manchester seeking better opportunities. Like Arthur T. Demoulas, my mother’s parents, my grandparents, came from Greece and eventually opened a business. These immigrant families also brought with them their ancient Greek principles of respect for their fellow citizens and respect for the dignity of every individual.
Arthur T. Demoulas has probably accomplished something close to impossible in corporate America. He has managed Market Basket in a manner that grew the firm, maintained the highest quality standards, and provided associates with a decent standard of living, decent benefits and a decent future. That’s why so many associates have stayed so long and you see familiar faces at Market Basket. Now all of that decency is under attack by Demoulas’ greedy cousins.
We can only speculate on what the “cousins” have in mind, but I can tell you I have seen this movie before. Personal greed is causing the Demoulas “cousins” to attempt to cut quality, cut salaries, cut benefits and eventually shop Market Basket to a “private equity” group of robber barons who will strip the firm of its assets and leave the corporate carcass for the courts to administer.
What exactly is “private equity?” It is the way a handful of insiders get rich on Wall Street by impoverishing the companies they purchase. Corporate equity speculators destroy the communities they serve. They take wealth owned by common shareholders (which includes pension trusts) and strip away any extra value, while leaving ordinary shareholders with virtually nothing in return.
From 2010 to 2013 Scott Brown genuflected to the private equity barons while he served in the U. S. Senate and voted to preserve their rapacious practices. Now Brown wants to go back to the senate and he has asked “private equity” thieves to bring their dollar-crooked presence “to New Hampshire” to help elect him as their servant. In May Brown even went to Las Vegas to personally grovel at their feet; he desperately asked them to finance his latest campaign. Dirty dollars started flowing into New Hampshire.
Private equity speculators destroy community economic value and enrich themselves with billions mulcted from the stock market. They want bigger mansions, bigger yachts, more power and control over Congress, more greed, and more manipulation. The public be damned.
Scott Brown served these robber barons while he served in the senate for three years. Why would you send him back? Why would any New Hampshire worker or New Hampshire voter want more of Scott Brown’s type of duplicity? (Brown was handsomely rewarded for betraying the people of Massachusetts; he received millions of dollars from Wall Street thieves and manipulators in campaign cash.)
I stand for Main Street Republicans and traditional mainstream New Hampshire conservatism.
Our economy is not recovering as it has in past recessions because corporate and executive greed is robbing ordinary citizens of their economic futures. Young families and young graduates have been particularly hard hit by Wall Street greed and the machinations of the finest Congress that dirty dollars can buy. Senior citizens also suffer.
Ironically, ordinary working class Republicans have been intimidated by the “private equity class” that really controls nominations. A vote for Scott Brown is a vote to continue present practices. Senators today are equally corrupt for taking compromised cash and for being under the thumb of Wall Street thieves.
During the last presidential campaign, how many of Mitt Romney’s employees spoke up to support Romney as an enlightened and generous owner? Exactly none. [Compare Romney’s employees with employee support for Artie T.] Romney’s employees despised him. Amazingly, Romney’s minions were looting a Freeport, Illinois firm even as he was running for president. Romney personally is a decent man. But the evil he committed as a corporate raider far exceeded the good he gave back to stranded communities.
Now Romney is endorsing Brown. We all know where that leads. More greed, more self-aggrandizement and more poverty for New Hampshire’s ordinary citizens.
Do you stand with Market Basket workers who are fighting for their jobs and their very lives, or do you stand against them? You know where I stand. Where do you stand?
Before you reply, ask yourself a simple, stupid question. Why are all of these Wall Street billionaires coming to New Hampshire to support Scott Brown? To improve your economic future, or theirs?
Please join me in fighting to save Market Basket.
P.S. I may be an underdog in the primary but I am the only Republican candidate who has the experience and who is prepared to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families. It is not often a Republican candidate has a pro-worker orientation. But there are more workers in this country than there are Scott Brown-supporting billionaires. Please consider giving me your vote. Who is more qualified to fight for your values? Who is more qualified to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families? (Hint: It’s not Jeanne Shaheen or Scott Brown)
News conference details: Manchester, NH July 22, 2014
New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
Andy Martin begins statewide advertising campaign supporting Market Basket workers
Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets
Tuesday, July 22, 3:00 P.M.
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