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Who is Andy Martin?

The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama. A real nut job.


Asked by ny.chica at 6:33 PM on Oct. 13, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • babymakr why do you attack a poster just because you don't agree with them? go to the post obam muslim? that are posted here day after day and tell them whre they can post. you just proved that bigotry is present right here.
    Nychica thank you for the post I was wandering who started that stupid rumor.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obama’s background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that helped set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: “Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion.”

    That statement, contained in a press release, spun a complex tale about the ancestry of Mr. Obama, who is Christian.

    The press release was picked up by a conservative Web site,, and spread steadily as others elaborated on its claims over the years in e-mail messages, Web sites and books. It continues to drive other false rumors about Mr. Obama’s background.


    Answer by ny.chica at 6:34 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • Just last Friday, a woman told Senator John McCain at a town-hall-style meeting, “I have read about him,” and “he’s an Arab.” Mr. McCain corrected her.

    Until this month, the man who is widely credited with starting the cyberwhisper campaign that still dogs Mr. Obama was a secondary character in news reports, with deep explorations of his background largely confined to liberal blogs.


    Answer by ny.chica at 6:35 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • But an appearance in a documentary-style program on the Fox News Channel watched by three million people last week thrust the man, Andy Martin, and his past into the foreground. The program allowed Mr. Martin to assert falsely and without challenge that Mr. Obama had once trained to overthrow the government. An examination of legal documents and election filings, along with interviews with his acquaintances, revealed Mr. Martin, 62, to be a man with a history of scintillating if not always factual claims. He has left a trail of animosity — some of it provoked by anti-Jewish comments — among political leaders, lawyers and judges in three states over more than 30 years.


    Answer by ny.chica at 6:36 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • He is a law school graduate, but his admission to the Illinois bar was blocked in the 1970s after a psychiatric finding of “moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.”

    Though he is not a lawyer, Mr. Martin went on to become a prodigious filer of lawsuits, and he made unsuccessful attempts to win public office for both parties in three states, as well as for president at least twice, in 1988 and 2000. Based in Chicago, he now identifies himself as a writer who focuses on his anti-Obama Web site and press releases.

    Mr. Martin, in a series of interviews, did not dispute his influence in Obama rumors.

    “Everybody uses my research as a takeoff point,” Mr. Martin said, adding, however, that some take his writings “and exaggerate them to suit their own fantasies.”


    Answer by ny.chica at 6:37 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • He prepared to run as a Democrat for Congress in Connecticut, where paperwork for one of his campaign committees listed as one purpose “to exterminate Jew power.” He ran as a Republican for the Florida State Senate and the United States Senate in Illinois. When running for president in 1999, he aired a television advertisement in New Hampshire that accused George W. Bush of using cocaine.

    In the 1990s, Mr. Martin was jailed in a case in Florida involving a physical altercation.

    His newfound prominence, and the persistence of his line of political attack — updated regularly on his Web site and through press releases — amazes those from his past.


    Answer by ny.chica at 6:38 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • I'm sorry....was there a question????

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:52 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • oh anonymous if you read with an open mind then you can see the question.

    Answer by ny.chica at 8:06 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • You asked a question and answered it for yourself. Therefore, no longer a question. You know the answer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:15 PM on Oct. 13, 2008

  • and you obviously don't have an answer to it or don't like the answer so you do what you do best. whine and complain. oh well.

    Answer by ny.chica at 8:20 PM on Oct. 13, 2008