2014-08-26 07:25:21 - Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a news conference today, Monday, August 25th to announce he has again offered to help mediate a final settlement of the Market Basket controversy. “I don’t think the governors are helping the resolution process, at all,” Andy says. “They are politicians and, in the case of Gov. Patrick, he has a glaring conflict of interest. I have actual experience settling family disputes, and I understand the underlying issues of Greek culture that has made this ongoing controversy so difficult to mediate. My TV ad and video are paid for and will continue to run. (The ad and video can be seen on Andy’s web site.) When people have fought so bitterly, for so many years it is difficult to work up a settlement over the weekend. That's the reality, not Gov. Hassan’s and Patrick’s rosy-colored news releases. I am the only Republican candidate who has stood 100% behind the employees and I continue to do so.”
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF MANCHESTER, NH NEWS CONFERENCE
ATTENTION NATIONAL, POLITICAL, NEW HAMPSHIRE DAYBOOK & ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin again offers to help the opposing Demoulas Family factions works towards a final resolution of their conflict
Andy says Govs. Hassan and Patrick are not helping the parties reach a settlement; Patrick has an egregious conflict of interest
Andy says his TV ads supporting Market Basket employees will continue to run on local television
(Manchester, NH) (August 25, 2014)
Dear Granite Stater:
Last week my campaign placed advertising with WMUR-TV supporting Market Basket workers. I wondered if the ads would run before the conflict was over. Of course, I should have known better. Govs. Hassan and Patrick were making rosy-colored predictions that the Demoulas Family conflict was over. Neither of them has any experience settling family disputes; I do. When people have been at each others’ throats for so many years it is very difficult for them to abandon their feelings over a weekend.
The potential “settlement moreover, appears to be a very complicated one involving family and non-family entities.
I would like to see Market Basket associates back at work as soon as possible. So I have renewed my offer to help mediate the conflict and sit down personally with the ”two Arthurs Here is my letter (with the masthead removed):
Board of Directors and
Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc.
875 East Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Renewed Offer to mediate
Dear Board Members and
On July 18th I offered to help mediate the conflict which has assumed national proportions.
This week (August 25th) I am starting TV advertising supporting the associates of Market Basket.
I don’t think the politicians (Hassan and Patrick) can be of much help because neither of them has any actual experience negotiating intractable family disputes.
While of necessity I support Arthur T because I want to see the associates back at work as soon as possible, I also appreciate and respect the honor inherent in Arthur S’s position. Because I grew up in a New Hampshire Greek-American family I understand the exceptional implications of “honor” in settling a Greek family controversy.
Yesterday I attended a church festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester. My grandmother was one of the original founders who helped launch the parish 78 years ago. The church was started because of a “family feud” with the “other” Greek church (the priest was kicked out in a squabble, and started his own new church, Assumption). To this day, Manchester may be the only small city in America to support two (!) Greek Orthodox churches.
Obviously, my understanding of Greek-American culture runs deep.
I can help you reach a resolution. Often, once an agreement in principle is reached the parties often recoil from a final surrender of battlements they have long occupied.
I want the associates back at work ASAP. I think the “two Arthurs” and I could resolve the matter more expeditiously than having a table at which politicians are posturing and issuing premature reports on the settlement progress.
If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to call me.
News conference details: Manchester, NH August 25, 2014
New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin
Andy Martin again offers to mediate a settlement of Market Basket conflict
Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets
Monday, August 25, 5:30 P.M.
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