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  • More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

    03/05/2015 7:06:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 105 replies ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie BakerMore than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage...
  • G.O.P. Advice for Christie: Pick a Better Team (Hires Karl Rove, Ken Mehlman to save him?)

    01/19/2014 6:36:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    On a conference call with Gov. Chris Christie’s most loyal donors a few nights ago, his brother, Todd, pressed for last-minute cash to pay for the governor’s inauguration, a daylong fete ending on Ellis Island. Then the governor himself came on the line, trying to convince his listeners that he was moving beyond the George Washington Bridge scandal and getting back to work, according to two participants. The next day, state investigators sent 20 subpoenas to his inner circle and the inquiry widened. This was supposed to be a season of triumph and celebration for the governor of New Jersey...
  • Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle

    10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2013 | Peter Wallsten
    Almost no elected Republicans support giving gays the right to marry. The party’s influential social-conservative wing sees “traditional marriage” as a defining issue. And while most major Democrats are rushing to embrace same-sex marriage, none of the most prominent potential Republican presidential candidates have taken that step.But a powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOP’s staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground — where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor...
  • Strategist Out of Closet and Into Fray, This Time for Gay Marriage (ex-RNC chair Mehlman comes out)

    06/21/2013 4:04:36 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/19/2013 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    As the Supreme Court considers overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage, gay people await a ruling that could change their lives. But the case has already transformed one gay man: Ken Mehlman, the once-closeted Republican operative who orchestrated President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election on a platform that included opposition to same-sex marriage. Now Mr. Mehlman, a private equity executive in Manhattan, is waging what could be his final campaign: to convince fellow Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values and good for their party. His about-face, sparked in part by the lawyer who filed the California lawsuit,...
  • How gay rights tipped so quickly

    03/26/2013 9:03:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Week ^ | March 26, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    In some ways, today's Supreme Court arguments over California's proposition 8 were overshadowed by the decision of several Democratic senators from red or purple states to openly and active support marriage equality. Actually, even that pales in comparison to Richard Land, the key Southern Baptist political evangelist, who just said, basically, "nevermind," when it comes to the next generation of evangelicals being uncomfortable about gay rights. (To be sure, he still opposes gay rights, still thinks that gay marriage will lead to polygamy, and believes that anti-gay leaders are being ostracized from polite society.) On that last part, he's kind...
  • Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors [Geffen, Bing, Reiner Mehlman, ex-RNC Chair]

    03/24/2012 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES
    Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES March 23, 2012 LOS ANGELES — On a warm Friday afternoon three years ago, Rob Reiner, the director, arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills estate of David Geffen, the entertainment mogul. Mr. Reiner and his political adviser, Chad H. Griffin, had spent six months drafting an ambitious legal campaign aimed at persuading the United States Supreme Court to establish a constitutional right of same-sex marriage. Mr. Reiner, joined by Mr. Griffin and Mr. Reiner’s wife, Michele, told Mr. Geffen they would need $3 million to...
  • Source of Etch A Sketch gaffe is trusted and loyal Romney adviser (Mehlman/Rhoades/Rove mafia)

    03/24/2012 4:55:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/12 | Philip Rucker
    -snip- Although Fehrnstrom is one of Romney’s longest-serving aides, he, like his boss, has no roots in the conservative movement. Fehrnstrom started out as a reporter covering alderman meetings in Boston and lives in liberal Brookline, Mass. His work as a GOP operative has been confined to New England — a region, as he often notes, that’s “pretty rocky terrain for Republicans.” To some influential conservatives, Fehrnstrom is an enigma. It’s not that conservatives don’t trust him. It’s that some don’t even know him. “I’ve never heard of him. I’ve been going to conservative meetings since I was knee-high to...
  • S.F. billionaire quietly funds Ron Paul super PAC (Peter Thiel, homosexual, GOProud fundraiser)

    02/27/2012 6:27:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Richard S. Dunham,Carla Marinucci
    Ron Paul revels in the fact that he is the presidential candidate of America's small donors, receiving more contributions under $200 than any other Republican seeking the White House in 2012. But, like every other GOP presidential contender, he also has a mega-millionaire "sugar daddy" helping to fund a super PAC that is promoting Paul's candidacy. Yet while Newt Gingrich underwriter Sheldon Adelson and Rick Santorum super-supporter Foster Friess have shared the campaign stage - and the national political spotlight - with their candidates, Paul's benefactor, San Francisco entrepreneur Peter Thiel, has never met the Texas congressman he's aiding.
  • Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Hero

    06/27/2011 6:21:23 AM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 25, 2011 | Samuel P. Jacobs
    On Friday night, joyful men and women massed at the Stonewall Inn, Manhattan's gay landmark, to cheer the New York legislature's vote to allow gay marriage. In their midst was a man many in the gay community had once cursed, as a champion of policies hostile to their cause. But on this night, he blended in, comfortable with the company—and, unbeknownst to many of the revelers, a key force behind their victory. ... On June 6, two weeks before the legislative session was officially set to end, Mehlman was back in the state capitol to drive his argument home. He...
  • The GOP's dilemma: Winning over gay rights advocates could mean losing part of its base (RINO ALERT)

    09/28/2010 7:47:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-09-28 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    When Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) agreed to attend a fundraising dinner in Washington for the Log Cabin Republicans, many social conservatives were outraged. The group has long urged the GOP to be more accepting of gay rights, and some Republicans worried that the appearance by Cornyn, a party leader in Congress, would further legitimize its views. The senator not only attended the Log Cabin event at the Capitol Hill Club last Wednesday, he also accepted an award from the group, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to do so. After his speech, though, the group's president, R. Clarke Cooper, privately told Cornyn...
  • Top GOP Party Strategists Attending Log Cabin Event

    09/01/2010 6:54:28 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | September 1, 2010 | Marc Ambinder
    Suddenly, it's becoming less of a stigma for bigwigs to associate with gays in the Republican Party. Not only has former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman's 9/22 fundraiser for gay marriage rights attracted numerous high-octane Republican donors and activists, but Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Rep. Pete Sessions, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee will help the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, raise money for its political action committee. A glossy pamphlet advertising the Log Cabin Republicans' national dinner at the Capitol Hill Club highlights an hour-long cocktail gathering with...
  • Gay and Lesbian Republicans Seek Political Inclusion

    08/30/2010 5:21:25 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 74 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | August 30, 2010 | DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN
    When former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman publicly acknowledged his homosexuality last week, the revelation was news because of his leadership role in a political party not known for its affirmation of gay-rights issues. The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, who broke the story, called Mehlman the "most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay." Aside from chairing the RNC, Mehlman also managed the successful 2004 reelection campaign of President George W. Bush, which used the issue of state bans on same-sex marriage to draw conservative voters to the polls. As a prominent member of the GOP, Mehlman has contributed...
  • Ken Mehlman Courting Controversy

    08/30/2010 9:58:38 AM PDT · by MoHamhead · 7 replies
    Associated Content ^ | 8/27/10 | Christopher Berenger
    Ken Mehlman, George W. Bush's 2004 election campaign manager and a former Republican Party Chairman, has just revealed he is gay, according to Newsweek and a variety of other media outlets. His disclosure has angered some gay and lesbian same-sex marriage activists, upset by his tacit support and silence during the "values" political drive of 2004, when Republican strategists like Karl Rove pushed same-sex marriage bans across 13 states that year, as USA Today reported. Others are hailing his recent self-outing as being potentially helpful to the efforts to end Proposition 8 and the court case being driven, in part,...
  • Ken Mehlman gay ? Online conservatives don’t seem to care much

    08/28/2010 9:31:40 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 260 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2010 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Ken Mehlman is gay? Most right-leaning political junkies probably responded by asking, ‘Who is Ken Mehlman?’ or ‘Yeah, but who cares?’ Conservative bloggers either ignored the topic or pointed out that conservatives aren’t necessarily surprised or outraged by the news. “I had absolutely no idea Ken Mehlman was gay, or existed,” wrote the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher in response to the New York Times piece that marveled at the “muted reaction” of Republicans to the announcement. The former RNC chairman and President Bush’s 2004 campaign manager announced that he was gay to the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, and also announced his...
  • Obama Wins if GOP Flinches on Marriage

    08/28/2010 5:39:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 195 replies ^ | August 28, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    Editors' note: This piece is co-authored by Ken Klukowski.Same-sex marriage is back as a front-burner issue in American politics. On August 4, a federal judge in San Francisco held that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down part of the California Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ordered an expedited schedule to consider this case, with arguments to be held in December. Now former RNC chairman and 2004 Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman came out this week, announcing he’s homosexual, and pushing the Republican...
  • The Fools That Bring Disaster (Ken Mehlman)

    08/27/2010 8:46:11 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 19 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | August 25, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    There were other things I wanted to write about this evening, but now I feel like I’m obligated to write a society-page feature because the Drama Queen (Ken Mehlman) decided to make her debut at the cotillion. (...) Excuse my derision, and denounce me as suffering from “homophobia” — Can I get an SSI disability check for that? Would Medicaid pay for treatment? — if that satisfies your craving for a sense of moral superiority. You’re not going to guilt-trip me into pulling punches. I’m heaping the most vicious ridicule I can on this twerp for a reason: To discourage...
  • Mehlman’s gay revelation outs GOP elite’s charade - ALAN KEYES

    08/27/2010 9:03:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 190 replies · 1+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | August 26, 2010 | Alan Keyes
    *excerpt* As a matter of public policy, the issues on which Ken Mehlman exerted his retrograde influence within the GOP are not about his personal behavior. They are about the truth or falsity of the great principles, the self-evident truths, from which the liberty of the American people derives. If there is no natural right, no natural family, no ways of God reflected in the nature of mankind, then there are no unalienable rights; no principle of justice that requires their security; no authoritative basis for the rightness of government based on consent; no claim to self-government, of, by and...
  • Ken Mehlman's Glass Door

    08/26/2010 7:26:59 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-25-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    So former RNC chair and Bush campaign leader Ken Mehlman has come out of a closet that apparently had a glass door because it seems to have been the most open secret ever. Now he's apparently expected to become some kind of poster boy for why the GOP should finally sign on to gay marriage. Which is an argument I'd much rather have than talking about ObamaCare, or our impending national bankruptcy, or anything consequential really. Why save the country when you can obsess a little more about sex? Here's a compromise...he can be chief decoration officer for the...
  • Disaster Looms If GOP Changes Course On Gay Marriage

    08/26/2010 6:28:21 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 26, 2010 | Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski
    Same-sex marriage is back as a front-burner issue in American politics. First, on August 4, a federal judge in San Francisco held that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down part of the California Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ordered an expedited schedule to consider this case, with arguments to be held in December. Second, former RNC chairman and 2004 Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman came out this week, announcing he’s homosexual, and pushing the Republican Party to support the homosexual-rights agenda. Republicans...
  • Former RNC Chairman Undermines Conservatives

    08/25/2010 8:52:43 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 42 replies
    First Things ^ | August 25, 2010 | Joe Carter
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, made a shocking confession today in an interview with The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinger: Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for tax increases and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to support the Bush tax cuts. The reaction by conservative pundits and leaders was praise for Mehlman following his conscience and being true to himself. Okay, not really. Maybe in an alternate universe that would happen, but in D.C....
  • Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay

    08/25/2010 6:25:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies · 1+ views
    Atlantic ^ | 8-25-10 | Marc Ambinder
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter's questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition...
  • Ken Mehlman, Bush Campaign Manager, Comes Out as Gay

    08/25/2010 4:08:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 2+ views ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Former Republican National Committee chairman and Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman has announced publicly that he is gay, CBS News chief political consultant and politics editor for The Atlantic Marc Ambinder reports. "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I...
  • Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay

    08/25/2010 3:58:16 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 128 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/25/2010 | Marc Ambinder
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter's questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition...
  • Former President Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman says he's gay after years of denial

    08/25/2010 7:35:11 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 25, 2010 | DN Washington Bureau
    Ken Mehlman, who was President George W. Bush's campaign manager in 2004, has come out as gay - and wants to be an advocate for gay marriage. Mehlman, also a former Republican National Committee chairman, told the Atlantic magazine "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life." He said friends, family and colleagues "have been wonderfully supportive." When rumors of Mehlman's sexual orientation circulated years ago, he told several reporters that they were false. Mehlman and his aides went to considerable lengths to conceal his sexual identity, arranging "dates" with women and photos of...
  • Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign

    03/08/2008 6:55:07 AM PST · by OnRiver · 187 replies · 2,361+ views
    Capitol News Company ^ | 03/07/2008 | David Paul Kuhn
    Rove explained that he and McCain “got to know each other during the 2004 campaign.” In a separate interview, Mehlman noted that “McCain was completely loyal to the president in 2004 and worked incredibly hard to help him get elected.” According to Taylor, “The Bush Republicans here in town are excited for John McCain.”
  • Former RNC head goes ‘Benedict Arnold’ on climate

    02/26/2008 7:51:28 AM PST · by ZGuy · 35 replies · 111+ views
    Junk Science ^ | 2/56/08
    Former Republican National Committee chairman — and the man who reportedly advised President Bush in early 2001 not to regulate carbon dioxide — has switched sides and is now being paid to lobby for greenhouse gas regulation on behalf of the eco-activist group Environmental Defense. According to Greenwire’s John Fialka (Feb. 21), ED board member and hedge fund tycoon Julian Robertson is putting up the cash to hire DC lobbying powerhouse Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Ken Mehlman and former Democratic congressman Vic Fazio will lead Akin Gump’s efforts. "Their first mission is to find the right political formula...
  • A Good Immigration Bill- By Jeb Bush& Ken Mehlman (It enhances the rule of law)

    05/31/2007 9:20:12 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 94 replies · 1,794+ views ^ | 5/31/07 | JEB BUSH AND KEN MEHLMAN
    By JEB BUSH AND KEN MEHLMAN We support the immigration reform compromise worked out in the Senate for a few simple reasons. It strengthens our national defense. It makes our economy more competitive and flexible. It enhances the rule of law and promotes national unity. And it also does these things in a fair, practical way. The bill provides real border security for the first time, protecting us against the entry of terrorists and stemming the flow of illegal drugs. The temporary worker program will reduce the number of people trying to sneak past the border patrol, allowing law enforcement...
  • GOP: Check Your History (Heather MacDonald Responds To Jeb Bush And Ken Mehlman's WSJ Article Alert)

    05/31/2007 6:07:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 47 replies · 1,496+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/31/2007 | Heather MacDonald
    Proposition 187 drove Hispanics from California’s Republican party! So argue Jeb Bush and Ken Mehlman in today’s Wall Street Journal, recycling one of the most cherished myths of the Open Borders Lobby. According to this nostrum, had Californians, fed up with the costs of providing free public services to illegal aliens, not voted to require legal residency to receive those services, California would today, in Bush and Mehlman’s phrase, still be “Reagan country,” its burgeoning Hispanic population reliably pulling the lever for Republicans. Too bad they didn’t read their own op-ed. No Republican presidential nominee has won California since 1988,...
  • Hispanic outreach crucial to GOP [And the White House]

    05/03/2007 3:01:49 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 91 replies · 1,247+ views ^ | May 1, 2007 | Ken Mehlman
    In 1980, as he was preparing to run for president, Ronald Reagan asked Lionel Sosa, an advertising executive from San Antonio, to lead his outreach to the Hispanic community. Reagan told Sosa his job would be easy: "Latinos are Republican. They just don't know it yet." On this, as in so many other areas, Reagan was a man who saw the future. In 1984, he made history, receiving 32 percent of the Hispanic vote. President George W. Bush achieved similar results in 2000, and in 2004 won a record 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. They're not alone. Smart Republicans...
  • Mehlman's Term Expires in January - Will Step Down When Term Ends

    WASHINGTON (AP) GOP officials say Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman will step down from his post in January.
  • Ken Mehlman's Surprise Picks (Talk Radio Conference Call 11/7)

    11/07/2006 10:29:12 AM PST · by meg88 · 20 replies · 2,419+ views
    National Review Magazine ^ | 11/7/06 | Kathryn Lopez
    While there's still like no news....Ken Mehlman is doing a cautionary blogger/talk radio conference callright now. He?s talking about rumors of voter fraud and intimidation, saying that the lesson from 2004 is that Dems both ?cry wolf? and are ?the wolf in sheeps? clothing? in many cases. He mentioned the previously noted Kean case and a (anti-) Gil Gutknecht egging. Asked who could surprise tonight, Mehlman said: Hawaii 2 Michael Steele in Md. Max Burns in Ga. Posted at 1:00 PM
  • 'Non-Partisan' Matthews Condemns 'Melhman Cesspool' Over RNC Harold Ford Ad

    10/24/2006 3:59:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 115 replies · 2,378+ views
    MSNBC-Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Referring to an RNC ad as the "Mehlman cesspool," Chris Matthews was being non-partisan. Really - he told us so! On this afternoon's Hardball, Matthews interviewed Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., Dem candidate for senator from Tennessee. The first topic up was an ad the RNC is currently running using actors to tweak Ford on his positions on a variety of issues, from taxes to gun control to North Korea. The ad also alludes to the fact that Ford attended a Playboy party at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville in 2005.At the ad's end, an alluring woman saying she met Harold...
  • National GOP chief campaigns for Joe Negron (a social conservative)

    10/19/2006 11:07:44 PM PDT · by unspun · 2 replies · 379+ views
    WINK News (really, WINK news) ^ | 10-18-2006 | Nicole Oliverio
    With just 20 days left until the election, more big names are getting behind candidates hoping to replace disgraced congressman Mark Foley. On Wednesday, it was Republican National Committee Chariman Ken Mehlman visiting Punta Gorda to campaign for Joe Negron. Republicans claim Foley's scandal is not the reason the party's heavy hitters are in the area. RNC chairman, Ken Mehlman, says he only makes visits to political races where he feels the candidate has a strong chance to win. The Republican party is using all the money, resources, and powerful faces it can to secure Negron a seat in congress,...
  • RNC Chair Mehlman speaks about Florida's GOP candidates including Katherine Harris on WIOD 610AM

    09/28/2006 9:02:45 AM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 21 replies · 732+ views
    Harris Campaign Update Email ^ | 9-28-2006 | Harris Senate Campaign
    RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman on WIOD 610AM RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman spoke on WIOD 610AM about Florida's Republican candidates including Katherine Harris. Listen here:
  • KEN MEHLMAN: 'Republicans Will Make History'

    09/22/2006 9:18:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 2,060+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/22/06 | KEN MEHLMAN
    Last month's narrowly averted plot to blow up airliners bound for the U.S. from Great Britain is a stark reminder that we are engaged in an extraordinary and dangerous global war. In 46 days, the American people will make an important decision about how we prosecute that war: Do we stay on the offense and use every tool available to defeat the enemy, or do we elect leaders who would weaken America and surrender key tools we need to defeat the global jihad? This war began long before September 11, 2001. For a generation, the terrorists have attacked free nations,...
  • GOP Wins If Election Held Today

    09/04/2006 8:02:19 PM PDT · by harpu · 45 replies · 2,009+ views ^ | 9/05/06 | Ronald Kessler
    WASHINGTON -- If congressional elections were held today, Republicans would hold their majority in the House and Senate, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said in an interview. Mehlman bases that conclusion on a recent meeting with his regional political directors, on private polling, and on analyses of individual races. Mehlman conceded that the House is in a "competitive situation." In the House, 35 to 40 seats are in play, he said. In the Senate, 12 or 13 seats could change hands. To tilt the balance, Democrats would have to pick up six seats in the Senate and 15 seats...
  • Open Letter to the GOP

    07/11/2006 6:12:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 190 replies · 1,980+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 07-11-06 | Caruba, Alan
    Open Letter to the GOP by Alan Caruba Posted Jul 11, 2006 I recently received a direct mail notice from Ken Mehlman, Chairman of the Republican National Committee saying that, “Our records show we have not yet received your 2006 Republican National Committee membership contribution.” One assumes a lot of these notices have been mailed to folks like myself who have decided not to financially support the GOP this year. They won’t miss my donation because it’s always small. It’s not that I won’t vote the Republican ticket in November. I probably will, but that’s because the Democrats in my...
  • Ken Mehlman's Voter Vault

    06/11/2006 2:03:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 1,315+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/11/06 | Ronald Kessler
    It seems all eyes are on the 2006, 2008 elections lately. And it's small wonder why: Strong rhetoric has been swirling around the media painting Democrats and Republicans alike backed in a corner, with voters seeking alternative candidates. Indeed, a Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that 55 percent of American voters plan to vote against incumbents this November – the highest anti-incumbent number since 1994. This startling revelation shows that Republicans may face a serious challenge this year. But Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman has faced such challenges before and is quietly assuring party insiders that superior organization and...
  • RNC's Mehlman Warns of $3.75 Gas with Democrats

    05/23/2006 5:29:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 108 replies · 1,257+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/30/06 | NewsMax
    A Democratic-controlled Congress would boost gasoline prices even more though over-regulation and cost the average American family nearly $1,000 more a year, the Republican National Committee warns. The Democrats favor an increase in the taxes imposed on gasoline purchases, and the average price of regular gas would rise to $3.751 a gallon, according to an e-mail from RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman. The Web site offers a "gas calculator” to show how much more each driver would pay in a year. The figures are based on year, make and model information about the vehicle, along with the average gasoline price...
  • The Enemy Within (GOP Strategists: "If Election Were Held Today... 90% Chance We'd Lose the House")

    05/08/2006 12:01:07 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 245 replies · 3,019+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | 05/08/2006 | John Fund
    Ken Mehlman is the unflappable efficiency expert who chairs the Republican National Committee. Because he's not known for histrionics, his warning last week to GOP congressional staffers about this November's elections caused many on Capitol Hill to bolt upright. Mr. Mehlman traveled to Capitol Hill to warn the staffers that they risked a disaster at the polls if they didn't pass meaningful legislation the conservative base cares about. Other GOP strategists go even further. "If the election were held today, I'd say the odds are 90% that we'd lose the House," says GOP consultant Mike Murphy. Other Republicans aren't as...
  • GOP Campaign Chief Eyes Immigration Reform

    05/04/2006 6:30:23 PM PDT · by Icelander · 113 replies · 1,686+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/4/06 | JON SARCHE
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Trying to bridge a growing chasm in his party over immigration reform, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said Thursday the nation needs both a temporary worker program and consequences for illegal aliens. Opening the party's annual meeting of state chairmen in this conservative bastion, Mehlman borrowed a page from President Reagan, saying the party must practice "the politics of 'and,'" meaning people on both sides of the debate have to come together to accomplish reform. "There has been a lot of rhetoric about this issue over the last few months, but in my opinion, not...
  • POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: DNC Chairman on Oil ( and Jews )

    05/03/2006 4:17:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 1,137+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2006 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Howard Dean, in a speech to the American Jewish Committee... took a swipe at the Republican Party, saying the Democratic Party is one of inclusion and religious freedom. "I was recently asked about the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties," Dean said. "When it comes right down to it, the essential difference is that the Democrats fundamentally believe it is important to make sure that American Jews feel comfortable being American Jews." Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is Jewish, addressed the group on Tuesday. The head of the Democratic Party said Wednesday that unchecked U.S. reliance on...
  • Remarks by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (TRANSCRIPT)

    03/12/2006 8:16:40 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 693+ views
    RNC ^ | March 10, 2006 | Ken Mehlman
    Thank you, Senator, for that kind introduction. [Senator Lamar Alexander] And thank you for hosting us here in Tennessee. This is a great place to hold this conference … and not least because of the leadership that you and Senator Frist have shown over the years. With Senator Frist retiring this year, there are some big shoes to fill. And I look forward to working together to make sure those shoes are filled by another strong, principled Republican. Since the beginning of political parties in this country, party chairmen have had a simple job at events like this: Come and...
  • Calling Clinton ‘Angry,’ G.O.P. Chairman Goes on the Attack

    02/05/2006 10:19:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,604+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 6, 2006 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 — The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, offered a broad attack on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York on Sunday, describing her as a Democrat brimming with anger and a representative of the far left wing of her party. Mr. Mehlman disputed the suggestion that Mrs. Clinton, a former first lady, had moved to the center of her party. And while he declined to say, in response to a question, if he thought Mrs. Clinton would be the Republicans' "dream candidate or the Democrat you most dread," he left little doubt that Republicans...
  • GOP head urges punishment for illegal actions

    01/19/2006 5:01:06 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 435+ views ^ | 20 anuary 2006
    WASHINGTON - The head of the Republican Party says GOP lawmakers who are guilty of wrongdoing in Washington scandals should expect to be punished whatever their political affiliation. “The public trust is more important than party,” said Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman. “Which is why the first solution to the problem is rooting out those who have done wrong, without regard to party or ideology.” Mehlman’s comments were in a speech that he planned to deliver Friday to the annual winter meeting of the Republican National Committee. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the speech. “As Republican...
  • ON THE HOME FRONT Dean: America can't win in Iraq (Nutcase/Uber Barf Alerts)

    12/06/2005 7:53:47 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 16 replies · 711+ views ^ | December 5, 2005 |
    WASHINGTON – Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, never known to mince words, today told a San Antonio radio station the U.S. cannot win the war in Iraq. The "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Dean predicted on WOIA.
  • Excerpts From RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman’s Interview On WOAI-AM, San Antonio (In Response to Dean)

    12/06/2005 3:04:41 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 765+ views
    Contact: Tracey Schmitt 202-863-8614Chairman Responds To Yesterday’s Iraq Comments By Howard Dean Washington, DC – The following are excerpts from a radio interview by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman on WOAI-AM, San Antonio.  Chairman Mehlman responded to yesterday’s comments on the same station by DNC Chairman Howard Dean. Host:  “Now I’m sure that you’re aware by now because it’s been everywhere, that we had an interview yesterday with Howard Dean, the, your counterpart over there at the Democratic National Committee, and he said some things that are lightning rod stuff.  Some would call them even more than that.  Without getting too graphic...
  • Statement By RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman On Howard Dean’s Outrageous Defeatism (Dean Says US Can't Win)

    12/05/2005 3:25:59 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 64 replies · 2,211+ views
    Contact: Tracey Schmitt 202-863-8614 “In predicting that America will lose the war in Iraq, Howard Dean is the latest national Democrat leader to embrace retreat and defeat in the central front in the War on Terror.  His outrageous prediction sends the wrong message to our troops, the enemy, and the Iraqi people just 10 days before historic elections.  Democrats across the nation should stand up and reject the pessimism of their chairman and strategy of defeat by their Congressional leaders.” -Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman DNC Chair Howard Dean Said We Can’t Win In Iraq:Dean: “[The] Idea That We’re Going To Win...
  • GOP chairman Ken Mehlman on the Mike Rosen show today, THU Nov. 17th at 1pm ET (11am mountain)

    11/17/2005 7:14:05 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 448+ views
    Mike Rosen page at 850am KOA ^ | Today | Mike Rosen
    GOP chairman Ken Mehlman will be on the Mike Rosen show today at 1:00pm ET (11:00am mountain), THU Nov. 17th, coming up in just less than 3 hours from now on 850am KOA. It will be great to get some FReepers from around the country to call in and ask questions on 'Able Danger', President Bush missing in action on illegal immigration, etc. You can listen LIVE here: (click Listen LIVE near top left side of the page) The call-in number is 1-303-713-8585. You can also email suggested question to Mike at NOTE to Admin Mod - I...
  • A Gay Mafia in the Republican Party? (ZOT!!! My dears, such a *divine* little troll).

    11/13/2005 4:33:11 PM PST · by JeffersonAgain · 61 replies · 2,389+ views ^ | November 6, 2005 | by James Buchanan
    by James Buchanan November 6, 2005 Opposition to Gay marriage is one of the biggest reasons many people still support the Republicans. The idea of Gay marriage is a monstrous moral abomination and the Democrats outraged ordinary Americans pushing that piece of insanity. The Gay marriage issue is a highly charged emotional issue, and just the sort of thing that Republicans look for, which can keep them in power. Meanwhile other issues like reverse discrimination, the illegal war in Iraq and an eight trillion dollar federal debt get pushed to page two. Over the last ten years, an increasing...