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  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • RINO Mel Martinez Says Illegal Alien Reporter Should Be Allowed to Stay in USA

    07/03/2011 1:10:01 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 24 replies
    Former senator says Vargas should stay in U.S. Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) said Sunday that Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post reporter who came out last month as an illegal immigrant, should be allowed to "become an American." "It's a difficult problem, and what we need to do is find a way in which Jose can continue to contribute to this country," Martinez said on ABC's "This Week." "He wants to be an American," Martinez continued. "This is a great thing. This is the Fourth of July. We need to talk about the fact that this is a...
  • Caption Lindsey Graham and Mel Martinez [Graham wants to help Obama pass amnesty for illegals]

    08/09/2009 1:20:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,485+ views
    Wes Hickman, a spokesman for Mr. Graham, said in a statement that "Senator Graham is ready and willing to play a key role in immigration reform. He intends to work with many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle."
  • Republican Senator Martinez to resign: party aides

    08/07/2009 1:07:01 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 2,866+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Mel Martinez, a native Cuban and a former chairman of the Republican Party, stunned supporters on Friday by informing them that he plans to resign from Congress, party aides said. Martinez, 62, who earlier said he would not run for a second Senate term next year, scheduled a news conference in Orlando, Florida, at 3 p.m. EDT to make an announcement. In a letter to "friends," a copy of which was obtained by Reuters from a supporter of the senator, Martinez said he planned to step down after a replacement is named. "My priorities have always...
  • Mel Martinez Quits

    08/07/2009 12:10:42 PM PDT · by LegendHasIt · 55 replies · 2,533+ views
    Fox News Live ^ | 8-7-09 | Fox news live
    Just heard on Fox News: Mel Martinez is quitting the Senate "to get on with his private life". Some scandal about to erupt?
  • "GOP sources: Sen. Martinez to resign immediately"

    08/07/2009 9:48:12 AM PDT · by walsh · 36 replies · 2,215+ views
    Philly dot com ^ | August 7, 2009 | Walsh
    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida will resign from the Senate this fall, more than a year before his term ends, according to several GOP sources.
  • GOP Sen. Mel Martinez Is Resigning

    08/07/2009 8:04:33 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 49 replies · 2,417+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 8/7/2009 | Fox News
    Developing: Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., is resigning, a senior Republican official told FOX News. He announced earlier this year that he had decided not to seek re-election in 2010. His resignation may allow Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the seat, to appoint a replacement.
  • Mel Martinez To Resign Immediately (Crist Could Appoint Himself to Senate?)

    08/07/2009 7:38:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 154 replies · 8,028+ views
    WSVN just had a special report saying Mel Martinez was resigning...Crist could appoint himself to Senate.
  • Foundations of democracy being dismantled (HONDURAS)

    07/23/2009 6:44:34 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 28 replies · 1,135+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 07.13.09 | MEL MARTINEZ
    For Latin America, events in Honduras are the tragic yet logical culmination of the silence of the United States and the inter-American community to the sustained assault on democratic institutions in that region. While there may be the possibility of reconciliation in one country, it does not address the larger dismantling of democracy in the region. It is hard for many Hondurans, and other pro-democracy activists in the region, to fully appreciate the outrage and clamor over the ouster of Mel Zelaya in Honduras when there has not been any significant action in opposition to the dismantling of democratic institutions...
  • What Mel Martinez can Learn From Sarah Palin

    07/16/2009 12:36:03 PM PDT · by mission9 · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 07-16-09 | Ranger
    The Founding Fathers in no way contemplated a professional political class. The democratic ideal, expressed and ascribed to in many documents and letters of their day, was a citizen legislature and executives with real world experience. Say what you will about Sarah Palin, she believes in her heart that the citizens of Alaska would be better served by a person who is fully committed to the people's agenda. Not that Palin was not for the people, but she was incessantly distracted from this role by political bloodsport. So Palin did the honorable thing, she resigned. In doing so, she may...
  • Eight Republicans Help Confirm a Hard-Core Gun Banner

    06/26/2009 10:23:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies · 2,762+ views ^ | June 26, 2009 | GOA
    Washington, DC - -( Imagine that. The Senate confirmed this week, by a vote of 62-35, a gun banner who stays up at night thinking of ways to impose more gun control upon American citizens. Harold Koh is that gun grabber, and he was confirmed yesterday to be the Legal Adviser at the State Department. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans attempted to kill the Koh nomination with a filibuster — until eight of them crossed the aisle to help Democrats confirm Koh. The back-stabbing Senators are: Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Susan Collins (R-ME) Judd Gregg (R-NH) Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Richard Lugar (R-IN)...
  • Obama wants immigration reform by early next year [McCain, Graham, other Rats involved] [sick]

    06/25/2009 2:29:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,396+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-25 | Sam Youngman
    President Obama moved the goalposts on getting immigration reform accomplished, saying Thursday that he wants a bill he can sign either this year or early next year. Shortly after the president adjourned a meeting with a bipartisan group of members from both chambers, a number of senators and congressmen from both sides of the aisle demonstrated why next year might be aiming too high. The White House has said that the president would like to see something this year, but a number of skeptics have questioned whether Congress can or will take any floor action in 2009. Obama said he...
  • GOP Recruiters Tilt Toward Center In 2010 Races [Expect Another Bloodbath!]

    05/14/2009 11:17:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies · 1,687+ views
    APReport ^ | May 14, 2009
    GOP recruiters tilt toward center in 2010 races Outreach to more moderate candidates angering many in conservative base Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican, has found support for his Senate race from key Republicans even though another well-established candidate has stronger conservative credentials. WASHINGTON - Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh contend the Republican Party needs less moderation and more conservative backbone to win back voters who have been abandoning it in droves. Leaders of the party's 2010 election efforts are showing they don't think ideological purity is the answer. In the latest example, key Republican senators jumped this week...
  • [RINO] Martinez: Rubio Senate bid doomed [attacks Rubio, endorses Crist] [barf bag alert]

    05/13/2009 11:07:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 525+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-12
    Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) is endorsing Gov. Charlie Crist as his replacement -- and is politely advising potential Crist challenger Marco Rubio to seek employment elsewhere. Martinez, speaking to reporters in the Capitol Tuesday, hinted that the former Speaker of the Florida House might want to consider a state AG run -- as has been suggested by some GOPers. "I am endorsing [Crist]," said Martinez.
  • Crist running for Senate

    05/11/2009 4:40:55 AM PDT · by shove_it · 193 replies · 7,406+ views
    politico ^ | 5/10/2009
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will be announcing Tuesday that he will be running for the Senate, according to a source close to the governor, giving Republicans their most high-profile recruit of the 2010 election cycle. Crist's decision puts Republicans in strong position to hold onto the seat held by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) Crist holds high approval ratings among both Republicans and Democrats, according to statewide polling, and has forged a moderate governing style that has won him widespread support. His decision to run came as little surprise to political observers, with the governor and his allies hinting...
  • Eye on the Senate: In Florida, Who's On First? No One.

    04/17/2009 3:57:39 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 8 replies · 316+ views
    CQ Polltracker ^ | Apr 16, 2009 | Anon
    The decision of Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez not to seek a second term has left a void on both sides of the political spectrum when it comes to the 2010 race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted April 6-13. Some of the high-profile prospects decided early-on not to seek the seat, such as former GOP Governor Jeb Bush and Democratic state Sen. Alex Sink. Popular Republican Gov. Charlie Crist could change all that if he decided to seek the seat, although Quinnipiac says that voters by 42 percent to 26 percent would rather see him remain as governor....
  • Mel Martinez Decides Obama Eligibility Issue

    03/05/2009 10:15:20 AM PST · by AJMCQ · 28 replies · 1,092+ views
    Right Pundits ^ | 3/5/2009 | Maggie M. Thorton
    Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) has allegedly told a constituent that President Obama’s eligibility, his natural born status, has been decided twice by the voters. Senator Mel Martinez has laid the vetting of President Obama’s citizenship on the people of the United States. Does Congress assume responsibility of anything? The question of President Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS arose early in the election process. Congress, as a body, has been silent on the issue. For months, voters have received no information, and in fact, no one seems to know who vets a Presidential candidate. So, no one has. Now, it appears...
  • Senator: Eligibility is up to the voters Implies that constitutional demands can be bypassed

    03/04/2009 7:29:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 63 replies · 2,791+ views
    WND ^ | 10:15 pm March 04, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A U.S. senator has suggested that voters have made Barack Obama eligible to occupy the Oval Office, whether or not he meets the constitutional mandate of being a "natural born" citizen. The comments from Sen. Mel Martinez came in an e-mail sent to a constituent shortly after the election, which just now was forwarded to WND. The constituent had asked about Martinez's perspective on the issue on which WND and others have reported: claims made by dozens of lawsuits around the country that Obama might not meet the constitutional qualification for various reasons. "Presidential candidates are vetted by voters at...
  • Climate bill needed to 'save our planet,' says Obama [McCain, Graham, Martinez, Snowe/Collins]

    02/25/2009 6:28:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 956+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-02-25 | Darren Samuelson
    President Obama lent his voice last night to the push for a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions, using his first speech to a joint session of Congress to lobby for controversial legislation sure to spark a heated debate during tight economic times. Obama campaigned for president last year with climate change and energy issues atop his agenda. And he returned to those themes yesterday, saying that a cap-and-trade bill would help spark economic recovery by giving U.S. companies greater incentive to start producing more wind turbines, solar panels, biofuels and battery-powered automobiles. "To truly transform our economy, to protect...
  • Florida Senate poll shows Crist annihilating field

    02/12/2009 3:39:15 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies · 921+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/09 | Aaron Blake
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) looms hugely over his state’s open Senate race, holding 2-to-1 leads over all Democrats interested in the race, according to a new Strategic Vision poll. The poll finds the popular governor, who will wait until after Florida’s legislative session to make his plans known, leading Democratic Reps. Ron Klein and Kendrick Meek by 34 points each. The seat became vacant when Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced he wouldn’t seek a second term in 2010.
  • McCain: Obama needs to consult on stimulus

    01/30/2009 10:53:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies · 1,770+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | January 30, 2009 | By Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former presidential rival John McCain expressed disappointment on Friday that President Barack Obama has not negotiated with Republicans over a huge economic stimulus plan and said he is working on an alternative package. Speaking to Reuters, Arizona Sen. McCain said the alternative plan would include what he described as "more effective tax cuts, such as a payroll tax cut" and spending on projects aimed at immediately creating jobs. "A group of us Republican senators are working on coming up with an alternative package that I would hope would have some elements to it that Americans would support,"...
  • GOP senator gives key support to Obama's AG pick [RINO Mel Martinez]

    01/16/2009 12:42:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 657+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 2009-01-16 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senator Mel Martinez of Florida says he will support Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder, putting him a big step closer to confirmation. Holder met with Martinez morning Friday while the Senate Judiciary Committee held a second day of hearings on his nomination. Martinez said in a statement that he believes Holder understands the unique role of the nation's top law enforcement official and intends to vote to confirm him.
  • Jeb Bush Likely to Announce Senate Run in January - Turns Toss-up Into Safe Seat

    12/26/2008 8:31:36 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 38 replies · 1,030+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 26, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Martinez won the seat in 2004 in a 50-48 squeaker, and before he announced his retirement the Democrats were openly salivating about beating him in 2010 and flipping the seat. * Florida (R): This Sunshine State seat -- currently held by Sen. Mel Martinez (R) -- is at the top of nearly every Democratic strategist's list of potential pickups. Why? Obama's win in the state has bolstered Democrats' confidence and the $14,000 Martinez raised between July and September has Republicans worried. Rep. Ron Klein (D) is giving every indication that he will run; as of Oct. 15 he had $1.8...
  • 'Anonymous' Senator Who Called for GOP Centrists Revealed

    12/09/2008 2:00:07 AM PST · by redk · 147 replies · 4,877+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12/09/2008 | Erick Erickson
    Senate sources confirm for me that Mel Martinez was the famous “Senator Anonymous” from three weeks ago. Martinez, not wanting him name used, told the Politico “I don’t think we have learned much from the election in terms of what people want to see.” This senator said the Republicans needed someone who could “speak from the center” and wanted it known that “Sarah Palin is not the voice of [the Republican] party.”
  • A Look at Who May Run for Sen. Martinez's Seat

    12/02/2008 7:45:03 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 43 replies · 1,049+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    Sen. Mel Martinez's announcement Tuesday that he would not seek a second term immediately set off speculation about possible candidates for his seat. The following is a look at people who have indicated interest or are the subject of speculation: Republicans - Former Gov. Jeb Bush. He is seriously considering a run and party and elected officials from Florida and beyond are encouraging him, according to a former political adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush is not ready to publicly discuss his plans. But for now, the official word from spokeswoman Kristy Campbell is this: "Governor Bush...

    12/02/2008 8:04:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 173 replies · 5,526+ views
    Local News | 12/2/08
    Just announced on update on local Miami news: Mel Martinez will NOT run for a second term in 2010! Now maybe we can get a CONSERVATIVE Republican.
  • Another Reason to Dump Mel Martinez in 2010

    12/02/2008 6:23:42 AM PST · by RightWingConspirator · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    Letter from Mel Martinez | 12/01/2008 | Senator Mel Martinez
    This is an email I received yesterday from Senator Martinez in reply to an email I had sent requesting his support to ensure that Senator Obama provided proof of his eligibility, as a natural-born US citizen, to take the office of President of the United States. Dear (Omitted): Thank you for contacting me regarding President-Elect Obama's citizenship. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns. Like you, I believe that our federal government has the responsibility to make certain that the Constitution of the United States is not compromised. We must fight to uphold our...
  • Unbelievable - RINO Senator Mel Martinez responds to the Citizenship question

    12/01/2008 12:52:16 PM PST · by jeffo · 239 replies · 7,584+ views
    Email from Senator Martinez | 12/1/2008 | Jeffo
    Well, I had written to Senator Martinez ("R"-Florida) about the citizenship issue before the election. Today I got this mind-boggling response: ======================== Thank you for contacting me regarding President-Elect Obama's citizenship. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns. Like you, I believe that our federal government has the responsibility to make certain that the Constitution of the United States is not compromised. We must fight to uphold our Constitution through our courts and political processes. Article II of the Constitution provides that "no Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the...
  • For McCain, a Photo Op Like Many Others

    08/03/2008 9:59:07 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies · 150+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 1, 2008 | Juliet Eilperin
    Hewing to campaign conventions, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today visited a local pastry shop here, praised his fellow Republican officeholders and declared Florida is "a battleground state" in the election. McCain entered Pancho's Spanish Bakery & Deli in Orlando this afternoon along with his wife Cindy, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist and Orange County mayor Richard Crotty (R). They all shook hands with many patrons and a few employees. There was scattered applause. "Thank you," McCain said. "We have the mayor and the governor, how about that?" Upon seeing Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who was seated at a table, rise...

    06/17/2008 2:08:57 PM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 14 replies · 101+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2008 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    Consider: The Brazilian government has a 58 percent controlling stake in Petrobras's voting shares and 32percent of its total shares, which means that some of the profits go straight to the government's bottom line, giving the politicians more money to spend on bribing their constituents. In the United States, American politicians do not benefit from a successful oil industry, since corporate profits go to shareholders, pensioners and employees; therefore Congress has a much greater incentive to respond to the concentrated power of the special interest group known as the "greens." There are plenty of other examples, says O'Grady: In Mexico,...
  • Sen. Warner-backed bill on climate change fizzling out(Lieberman-Warner S. 3036)

    06/05/2008 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies · 136+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 6, 2008 | Dale Eisman
    Legislation to combat global warming by putting limits on greenhouse gas emissions appeared headed to defeat as Democrats and Republicans accused each other of manipulating Senate rules to impede it. Opponents of the bill, co-authored by Sen. John Warner of Virginia, are "trying to fritter away the time" that Senate leaders had set aside for debate, Democratic Sen. John Kerry charged. On Wednesday, Republicans forced Democrats to have the 492-page bill read aloud on the floor, taking up more than nine hours. Majority Leader Harry Reid then scheduled a showdown vote for this morning on a motion to limit additional...
  • Who’s Got McCain’s Back? (Juan's amigos)

    01/28/2008 2:08:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 726+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | January 28,, 2008 | Michael 'A.J. Sparxx' Illions
    It is often said that the best way to find out how a candidate would act in office if elected, is to see who he/she surrounds himself with. Money is another factor, what people and industries are backing the candidate. These answers should be an indicator of what to expect. Who is behind the man should gauge what kind of man he is. The great Richard Viguerie tells the story of how he and other conservatives had a “seat at the table” of the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan for. His thinking was if Conservatives aren’t at...
  • Amnesty John: Would STILL Sign McCain-Kennedy! (with video)

    01/27/2008 12:51:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 503+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | January 27th, 2008 | Michael 'A.J. Sparxx' Illions
    Less then a week after saying he has heard the American people regarding illegal immigration and their opposition to the McCain-Kennedy Pro-Amnesty bill, John McCain would still SIGN THE BILL into law if he was President and it came across his desk: (VIDEO) This explains his receiving the endorsement of fellow Pro-Amnestians, Senator Mel Martinez, (who almost single-handedly bankrupted the RNC with his support of the bill), the NY Times, Florida Governor Charlie Crist and of the Mexico-first pro-amnesty open borders advocate Dr. Juan Hernandez. “My friends", let me give you some “straight talk", a vote for John McCain is...
  • Talking Cambio With McCain in Miami

    01/26/2008 2:56:17 AM PST · by a77 · 20 replies · 176+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | Jan 25, 2008
    MIAMI -- The Latin Builders Association basked in the attention of four Republican candidates today, all of whom pledged to pay attention to issues prized by Latino voters. While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came at the end of the day, as association members were sipping cocktails, he came with a key guest: Sen. Mel Martinez, who formally announced he is endorsing his colleague for president. "The man that we should trust with the leadership of our nation as commander in chief ought to be John McCain," Martinez said, breaking into a mix of Spanish and English. "This is a man...
  • (Florida Senator Mel)Martinez decides not to back McCain

    01/21/2008 12:42:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 141+ views
    Political Gateway ^ | January 20, 2008
    MIAMI- Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida has decided not to endorse Republican presidential hopeful Arizona Sen. John McCain. McCain was planning to campaign Monday in Miami with Martinez to help woo Hispanic voters,The Miami Herald reported Sunday. A factor in Martinez's decision to withhold his endorsement of McCain's candidacy is that he feels badly for McCain rival, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a Martinez supporter and had expected his backing in return, the newspaper reported. McCain supporters had been told by the campaign late last week that Martinez was coming to stump with the Arizona senator. But,...
  • Senator Martinez may get primary challenger in 2010

    12/05/2007 9:05:34 PM PST · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 36 replies · 223+ views ^ | 12-05-07 | Ron Gunzburger
    US Senator Mel Martinez (R) may draw an unexpected challenge for re-nomination when his seat comes up in 2010, possibly from ambitious State House Speaker Marco Rubio (R). Some Florida Republicans are upset with Martinez over his immigration position, others in the agricultural community are unhappy about his support for CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement), and party activists grumble about his brief, hands-off RNC Chairmanship. Considered a fairly poor campaigner with weak name ID and no discernable association with any particular issue, Martinez could be vulnerable to a challenge from the right. Others who know Martinez -- who was...
  • Latino head of RNC resigns (Sen. Mel Martinez, frustration over anti-illegal immigration stance)

    10/20/2007 6:39:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 210 replies · 324+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/20/07 | Peter Wallsten
    WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's highest-ranking Latino official abruptly resigned Friday, marking the latest casualty in the GOP's bitter internal fight over immigration and dealing another setback to President Bush's years-long effort to court Latino voters. The announcement by Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida that he was quitting as general chairman of the Republican National Committee came after he had expressed frustration over the tenor of the immigration debate within his party. ... "Mel Martinez was a symbol of the party's outreach to Latinos, and that seems to be disappearing," said Lionel Sosa, a longtime Republican strategist and advisor to...
  • Martinez resigns as general chairman of the RNC

    10/19/2007 2:33:51 PM PDT · by Baladas · 48 replies · 62+ views
    Politico ^ | October 19, 2007 | Martin Kady II
    Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) resigned Friday as general chairman of the Republican National Committee, leaving all top-level leader duties for the embattled GOP to Mike Duncan, the current chairman. Martinez, who took the job nine months ago as the public face of the national GOP, stepped down during a tough time for the Republican Party, out of power on Capitol Hill and trying to gain traction in the national campaign under the shadow of an unpopular, lame-duck president. Martinez, who publicly parted ways with GOP congressional leaders earlier this year on immigration issues, will not be replaced as general chairman....
  • Mel Martinez may quit GOP post

    09/30/2007 12:22:33 PM PDT · by Baladas · 52 replies · 178+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sep. 30, 2007 | LESLEY CLARK AND BETH REINHARD
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mel Martinez, the reluctant general chairman of the Republican National Committee, is planning to step down as soon as a presidential nominee emerges, party insiders say. Martinez, who was elected to the post in January, couldn't be reached for comment on Saturday. Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said Martinez is ``the elected general chairman of the . . . party and will remain so. . . .'' Word of Martinez's possible departure before the 2008 election surfaced Saturday in a column written by Robert Novak. But Republicans close to Martinez said the freshman...
  • His Task: Sell Hispanics on GOP

    09/09/2007 7:58:39 AM PDT · by AuntB · 53 replies · 802+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sept. 9, 2007 | Jose Antonio Vargas
    For many in the country's fastest-growing segment of the electorate, Sen. Mel Martinez is the face of the Republican Party. The Florida senator was handpicked by President Bush to become the first Hispanic chairman of the Republican National Committee, and when Univision announced its plans to sponsor groundbreaking Spanish-language forums for the presidential hopefuls -- one for Democrats, the other for Republicans -- Martinez was thrilled. The largest Spanish-language U.S. television network and the fifth-largest overall, Univision is MTV, ESPN and CNN rolled into one for millions of Latinos. But though all the leading Democratic presidential contenders are scheduled to...
  • (BREAKING, U.S. Senator) Martinez, US lawmakers' plane evades ground fire in Iraq

    08/31/2007 3:32:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 27 replies · 919+ views
    CBS 4 MIAMI ^ | 31 AUGUST 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A military cargo plane carrying Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, two other senators and a House member was forced to take evasive maneuvers and dispatch flares to avoid ground fire after taking off from Baghdad. The lawmakers said their plane, a C-130, was under fire Thursday night from three rocket-propelled grenades over the course of several minutes as they left for Amman, Jordan. ``It was a scary moment,'' said Martinez, R-Fla., who said he had just taken off his body armor when he saw a bright flash outside the window. ``Our pilots were terrific. ... They banked in...
  • Plane carrying Shelby and Cramer fired on above Iraq

    08/30/2007 3:57:51 PM PDT · by RDTF · 92 replies · 5,216+ views ^ | August 30, 2007 | vdmartin
    A C-130 aircraft carrying an Alabama senator and congressman was fired on this evening as it was flying from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan. The airplane was carrying Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, and two other senators. Three rockets were shot at the plane and were "near misses," Shelby said in a telephone interview. He said the pilot took evasive maneuvers to avoid the rockets. The plane landed safely in Amman at about 4 p.m. central.
  • Bitter Martinez

    08/17/2007 6:51:05 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 59 replies · 1,380+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2007
    In a sign of serious Republican disarray, Sen. Mel Martinez, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has just lambasted his party's two top presidential candidates over immigration positions which most Americans regard as reasonable. The junior senator from Florida is wrong on more than the substance. This is a case of Mr. Martinez putting his own personal views and his loyalty to President Bush above the serious responsibilities of his chairmanship... And he may have just undercut the man for whom Mr. Martinez's job requires a vigorous defense next year. The irony here is that Mr. Martinez did this...
  • Why is the Republican Party attacking our two major presidential candidates?

    08/17/2007 6:29:39 AM PDT · by az4vlad · 70 replies · 1,521+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | August 16, 2007 | Rachel Alexander
    What is the Republican National Committee doing attacking the two major GOP contenders for president, Giuliani and Romney (who have no history as conservatives) for being too conservative on illegal immigration? The party leadership is out of touch with not only conservative Republicans, but mainstream Republicans as well. The Republican National Committee chairman, Mel Martinez, has come out criticizing the GOP's 2 top candidates for president, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney for their positions on resolving illegal immigration . What is wrong with this picture? Giuliani and Romney are considered RINOs to many Republicans, with track records to prove it,...
  • Martinez chides GOP candidates

    08/16/2007 8:14:28 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 84 replies · 1,205+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 15, 2007 | ADAM C. SMITH
    ST. PETERSBURG - Sen. Mel Martinez, the head of the Republican National Committee, took a swipe Tuesday at the leading Republican presidential candidates for not offering solid solutions to America's immigration crisis. In his remarks, Martinez did not directly refer to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but he later suggested both candidates, who were critics of the controversial Senate immigration proposal, had mischaracterized the plan. He also urged audience members to pin down the Republican candidates on immigration when they come to St. Petersburg for the YouTube/CNN Republican presidential debate Nov. 28... Martinez's...
  • GOP hits 2008 candidates on illegal aliens

    08/16/2007 6:15:53 AM PDT · by JKrive · 105 replies · 1,888+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-16-07 | Stephan Dinan
    The Republican Party's national chairman scolded his party's two top presidential candidates this week for their tough stance on illegal immigration, even as both men moved to try to one-up each other in calling for stricter enforcement. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, President Bush's handpicked choice for party chairman, chided former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for opposing and mischaracterizing the Senate immigration bill Mr. Martinez helped craft. "It's about leading on the tough issues," Mr. Martinez told the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce in comments first reported in yesterday's St. Petersburg...
  • Martinez's supporters start to bail out, poll finds

    07/21/2007 4:02:11 PM PDT · by Baladas · 114 replies · 2,493+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 21, 2007 | Tamara Lytle
    WASHINGTON - These are tough times for Mel Martinez. In the past month, the Republican U.S. senator from Orlando has seen the collapse of an immigration-reform bill he helped craft. As chairman of the Republican National Committee, he has struggled to defend an unpopular president and an increasingly unpopular war, even as party fundraising lags. And now a new Quinnipiac University poll shows him plunging to new lows in his home state. Indeed, more Florida voters -- 38 percent -- said they disapproved of Martinez's performance than the 36 percent who said they approved of it. It's clear that fallout...
  • ~Vanity~ Mel Martinez

    07/12/2007 8:53:11 PM PDT · by DanielRedfoot · 3 replies · 434+ views
    Vanity | 12-12-07 | Daniel Redfoot
    Neighbors~ RE: Martinez Lest you think your correspondence is actually being considered, this thoughtful note resulted in the same computer generated, form letter response as a simple note to vote no, sent back on the day of the vote. BTW- Rick Keller must Go as well! Senator Martinez, I am not sure if this is a form letter or actual response directly from you. Given some of my comments to you about your position on this comprehensive legislation, I appreciate the fact that it was even acknowledged. I think it is pretty clear where the most Americans stand on this...
  • (RNC)Chairman [Mel Martinez] slams immigration bill opponents, challenges them to act

    06/29/2007 11:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 161 replies · 3,074+ views
    Thibodaux Daily Comet ^ | June 29. 2007 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, HISPANIC AFFAIRS WRITER
    The Chairman of the Republican Party on Friday lambasted Democrats and Republicans who helped kill an immigration bill in the Senate and challenged them to come up with a solution beyond "just build a fence along the border." "The voices of negativity now have a responsibility to come up with an answer," RNC Chairman and U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla. said. "How will you fix the situation to make peoples' lives better? How will you continue to grow the economy? How will we bring people out of the shadows for our national security and for the sake of being a...

    06/28/2007 6:14:43 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 174 replies · 3,330+ views
    U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today made the following comments following the Senate’s failure to invoke cloture on the immigration reform bill, S. 1639. Senator Martinez voted in favor invoking cloture. The vote failed 46 to 53. Martinez said: “I came to Congress to solve problems, to do good for this country that I love so much. I also believe in democracy, and I can count. We didn’t win today. And I accept that. I know that the people of Florida, many of whom, I know, share my background as an immigrant to this country, many of whom were looking...