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A Conservative Victory: Mel Martinez Out as Chairman of GOP

Posted by Joshua Price on October 22, 2007

As of Friday, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Florida) has resigned his post as sort of co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

From the folks at stopmartinez.com:

Martinez resigns as RNC “national chairman”

As of today:

Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.

“I believe that our future as a party and nation is bright and I have every intention of continuing to fight for our president, our party and our candidates,” the Florida senator said in a statement.

His resignation came months earlier than anticipated. Martinez wasn’t expected to step down until a Republican presidential nominee was selected, and the earliest that could occur is February.

The RNC said Martinez’ job would not be filled.

Martinez said he was relinquishing the job to spend more time focusing on his constituents and because the RNC had achieved the objective he set when he assumed the job in January.

“It was my goal as general chairman to lead the party as it established the structure and raised the resources necessary to support our presidential candidate and ensure Republican victories next November. I believe we have accomplished those goals,” Martinez said.

He has shared the chairmanship with Mike Duncan, a longtime RNC official who has been responsible for the party’s day-to-day operations. Republican officials say with Martinez’ departure, the RNC will return to a traditional leadership structure with a single chairman.

President Bush named Martinez, a prominent Hispanic who previously served in the Cabinet, as general chairman last November.

He had been reluctant to assume the role and did so only after repeated White House overtures. When he accepted the job, he had indicated to friends that he anticipated serving only about a year in the post.

The first-term senator was brought on to be the face of the party, focusing on fundraising, outreach and travel to promote the GOP agenda.

A couple of items of interest out of this article from yahoo: First, Martinez says the primary reasons for his resignation are:

Martinez said he was relinquishing the job to spend more time focusing on his constituents and because the RNC had achieved the objective he set when he assumed the job in January.

“It was my goal as general chairman to lead the party as it established the structure and raised the resources necessary to support our presidential candidate and ensure Republican victories next November. I believe we have accomplished those goals,” Martinez said.

What? Are you serious? Did he really just say that he had achieved those objectives? Now I realize that he’s not going to say anything other than that, but come on. I mean, last I saw Republicans were getting destroyed by the Dems in fundraising, and the Party is perhaps as polarized as ever.

He also says that we believes the Party has “ensured victories next November.” Right. You and Karl Rove keep telling yourselves that while reality passes you by.

How is the Republican Party in any position to feel comfortable about the prospects of winning next November? Virtually every day we are hearing about how no current GOP candidate can galvanize the conservative base of the Party. Many social conservatives are threatening to support a third party candidate if things do not change. So I hardly believe the GOP is in any position to feel like it has ensured victories next November!

Now is this all Martinez’s fault? No, of course not. But, make no mistake, he is not a conservative. He is wrong on immigration and unfettered multiculturalism.He is one less RHINO we have to worry about at the institutional level of the GOP

This is indeed a victory for the conservatives trying to take the Republican Party back.

http://www.stopmartinez.com/martinezblog.html

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