Amnesty supporter Mel Martinez to head Republican National Committee
Florida Senator Mel Martinez will be the new head of the Republican National Committee ("RNC"), sources say. He'll be continuing as a Senator, with the day-to-day operations handled by someone else.
Martinez is the co-sponsor of the Senate amnesty bill (2611), also called the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006" or simply "Hagel-Martinez". In 2004, he opposed amnesty, now he's a strong supporter.
He's perfect for the Bush vision of the GOP, but abysmal for the U.S. Hopefully a third party will form that will offer an alternative, because this move makes the GOP even less attractive than they were before.
Of course, this move will probably come as a blow to another one of Bush's (presumed) top picks, and someone who - unlike Mel - will soon retire from his current position: Vicente Fox.