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FL Senator Mel Martinez Tapped To Head GOP

From those lovers of diversity at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Fla. Senator Mel Martinez to Chair RNC

By LIZ SIDOTI

11.13.06

Sen. Mel Martinez, the first-term lawmaker who previously served in President Bush’s Cabinet, will assume the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, GOP officials said Monday.

Martinez, 60, will replace current chairman Ken Mehlman, who will leave the post in January at the end of his two-year term, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.

Martinez will remain in the Senate. Mike Duncan, the RNC’s current general counsel and a former party treasurer, will run the day-to-day operations at the party’s Capitol Hill headquarters.

Martinez was tapped in 2001 as President Bush’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He resigned in 2003 to run for the open Senate seat created when incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Graham decided not to seek another term. Martinez was elected with 49 percent of the vote – a slim margin that was credited to Bush’s win in that state.

Martinez started slowly in the Senate where he was embarrassed by a one-page unsigned memo that originated in his office. Written by a Martinez aide and disavowed by Senate Republicans, the memo laid out the political benefits to getting involved in the fate of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose end-of-life battle became a rallying cry for conservatives.

"This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," said the memo. Its author resigned.

I’m sure he’s no Lee Atwater. But who is?

He has a 100% American Conservative Union rating. Indeed, they list Sen. Martinez as among Congress’s best and brightest.

And he seems to be quite conservative on the issues. At least according to Wikipedia:

Mel Martinez – Positions

* Abortion: Senator Mel Martinez is strongly opposed to abortion on moral grounds – even in case of rape or incest. He supports education to reduce abortions, and supports the promotion of alternatives such as adoption….
* Economy: Supports free trade generally; supports tax cuts; advocates lowering regulation of employers and reducing liability insurance burdens.
* Education: Supports No Child Left Behind Act; advocates more standardized testing; supports school voucher programs; supports English-only education.
* Immigration: In his 2004 campaign, Martinez said ""I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. I support a plan that matches workers with needy employers without providing a path to citizenship. Immigration to this country must always be done through legal means".
* Environment: Supports funding state conservation preservation funding without raising taxes; supports opening up maximum amount of Forest Services federal land for hunting and shooting sports; supports "voluntary incentives" legislation to make it easier for private landowners to set aside land for hunting, shooting, and conservation purposes.
* Foreign policy
* Cuba Critical of Cuba’s human rights record; supports tightening travel and strengthening the economic and trade blockade against Cuba; supports U.S. government funding of persons in Cuba who are opposed to current Cuban government; opposes foreign aid to countries that oppose U.S. policies; Advocates closure of Guantanamo Bay detainment camp
* Iraq: Supports the Bush Doctrine, but has asserted that the U.S. erred in hastily dismantling the Iraqi Army.
* Israel: Supports Israeli self-determination; supports close ties between U.S. and Israel
* Health care: Supports private Medicare and Social Security accounts for new workers; advocates more thorough investigations of Medicare fraud; supports re-importation of drugs from Canada.
* Homeland security: Opposes base closures in Florida; advocates maintaining "the strongest military in the world."
* Religion: Supports free exercise of religion; opposes "removing all public displays of religious devotion" from society.
* Same-sex marriage: Supports an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban same-sex marriage…
* Second Amendment: Supports the right to bear arms.
* Welfare: Supports Republican-style welfare reforms encouraging personal responsibility; supports programs for job training and retraining.

It’s also encouraging to see that the Soros Brownshirts at Wikipedia are already trying to tie him to Jack Abramoff — with undocumented and absurd accusations.

So he must be a good guy.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 13th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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