Campaign 2010

May 09, 2011

DCCC Statement on Ed Martin’s Candidacy in Missouri’s 2nd District

Failed candidate and disgraced former Chief of Staff to Governor Matt Blunt, Ed Martin, announced today that he is dropping out of the Senate race to run for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 2nd District. In response, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the following statement:

 

“Ed Martin’s credentials are in corruption, scandal, and pure political self-interest,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Martin is so focused on his own opportunism, he can’t see the facts: Missouri families have already rejected him.”

 

Martin continued the culture of corruption after being named one of the most crooked candidates in the country by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington when he lost to Russ Carnahan in November. As Governor Matt Blunt’s former Chief of Staff, Martin was embroiled in scandal and cover-up attempts after using government property for political purposes on Missouri taxpayers’ dime. His corruption prompted an Attorney General investigation, and Martin resigned in disgrace before turning his attention to running for Congress.

 

Background

 

Martin Lost in 2010 against Rep. Russ Carnahan. In November, 2010, Martin lost to Rep. Russ Carnahan in the former 3rd congressional district. [Roll Call, 5/09/11]

 

Announced He Is Abandoning Senate Race for House Run. Today, Martin announced he was switching from his announced bid for the Senate to a second try in a House race against Rep. Russ Carnahan. [Roll Call, 5/09/11]

 

Martin Listed as One of CREW’s Most Crooked Candidates in America. In 2010, Martin was listed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the most crooked candidates in America. [www.citizensforethics.org, accessed 10/19/10]

 

Martin Sent Political Emails Using His State Government Account. While serving as Blunt’s chief of staff, Martin sent emails from his government account “to Republican Party activists urging them to rally against Attorney General Jay Nixon, a Democrat and rival of Governor Blunt,” reported the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. [www.citizensforethics.org, accessed 10/19/10]

 

Reporter Requested Martin’s Emails, but Martin Told the Press the Emails Were Deleted. A reporter had requested Martin’s political emails from his government account, but the governor’s office falsely claimed the emails were deleted. Martin himself told the Springfield News-Leader that he had deleted them. [www.citizensforethics.org, accessed 10/19/10; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/21/07]

 

Martin Fired Lawyer Who Told Him He Had Violated State Law. According to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the lawyer responsible for processing the Sunshine Law request notified Martin he had violated state law and the governor’s office’s policy. Martin then fired the same lawyer. [www.citizensforethics.org, accessed 10/19/10]

 

Attorney General Appointed a Special Investigative Team to Look at Email Controversy. In 2007, the Missouri Attorney General appointed a special investigative team to look at potential Sunshine law violations regarding the deleted emails: “Last fall, after the issue of alleged Sunshine Law violations in Blunt's office became front page news, Attorney General Jay Nixon appointed a special investigative team headed by Mel Fisher, a retired Missouri Highway Patrol officer, to determine whether any laws were broken.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/05/08]

 

Martin Was Forced to Resign in Wake of Email Controversy. According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Martin was forced to resign from his position as chief of staff in the wake of his sending political emails using his government email account: “After serving the governor for a mere 15 months, Mr. Martin was forced to resign.” [www.citizensforethics.org, accessed 10/19/10]

 

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