Martinez to head RNC

CNN reports that FL Sen. Mel Martinez will replace Ken Mehlman as head of the RNC. This reminds me ofthis Bush/Martinez story…

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), at the White House this spring for a meeting with other senators to discuss immigration with President Bush, was surprised when Bush approached him as the meeting broke up and observed: “Senator Martinez, you’ve been very quiet.”

“That’s Martinez,” Menendez said, pointing to Mel Martinez — Florida’s junior senator and Bush’s former secretary of housing and urban development.

“I’m Menendez.”

Bush turned bright red, we’re told. Seor Mayor?

The White House could not confirm the comment.

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6 thoughts on “Martinez to head RNC

  1. Won’t that be perfect? w/ reports of his role in the Schiavo debacle, along w/ an SEC investigation…
    lots of poop to continue to ham-string the ‘thugs over!
    Chimpy jus’ don’t get it.

  2. I seem to be the only one who thinks this is designed to give Jeb Bush a Senate seat.
    Seems to me I’d heard a dozen other names for this job which sounded reasonable. Where did Martinez come from? And I am assuming that it is not possible (or legal?) to hold both the RNC job and Senator at the same time — it would be a stupid, stupid thing to do even if it were theoretically possible.
    Who’s Jeb supposed to name??? Katherine? That’s fall down laughing funny. A pick from a sitting GOP congressman would cause (I think) a special election that might be dicey. There’s really nobody.
    There wouldn’t be any urgency in Jeb naming a replacement for Martinez anyway. So it slips over to Crist who — despite the tempest in the teapot over that no show with W in Pensacola — is deeply indebted to the Bushies and names Jeb in a heartbeat.
    Either that or Jeb just resigns and lets the Lt. Gov. do it before Crist steps in.
    And voila! Jeb is in the senate without a campaign that might prove a little difficult and prove a career ending and intensely embarassing loss.
    I think this is all about 2012. Jeb’s written off 2008 (as I really think most of the GOP has) thanks to his idiot brother but 2012 is still a possibility for him if he stays on the stage.

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