September 18, 2012

Gadfly has colorful past in politics and in court

Lynne Tuohy Associated Press
 
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FILE- This May 10, 2012, file photo shows The Balsams grand hotel in Dixeville Notch, N.H. An auction is set for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, to clear out the nearly 150-year-old resort. The resort was sold last year to two businessmen for $2.3 million. They plan to reopen it in 2013. Andy Martin, who has run for U.S. Senate in Illinois and twice run for president of the United States, is trying, in September 2012, to get a New Hampshire judge to undo the sale of The Balsams and appoint a receiver to reopen it immediately.
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A serial litigator suing to undo the sale of a New Hampshire grand hotel to force its reopening is a perennial candidate for office and self-proclaimed instigator of the “birther movement” assailing the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and background.

Anthony Martin — who says he’s now living in Manchester, N.H. — is a self-proclaimed “corruption fighter,” ”Internet powerhouse” and “Republican foreign policy expert.”

Martin was labeled as notoriously vexatious and vindictive in one of scores of federal court opinions he has spawned.

The 66-year-old Martin has twice run for president of the United States and earlier this month apologized to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not endorsing him sooner.

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