Martinez Officially Takes Charge of RNC
Senator Mel Martinez (see photo) was officially instated as chair of the Republican National Committee on Friday, Jan 19th. He succeeded Ken Mehlhman (see photo).
Despite Mehlman's success as Presidet Bush's campaign manager was never reflected in his tenure at the RNC. He attempted to reach out to African-Americans and Latinos and repudiated the GOP's so-called "Southern Strategy," wherein Republican candidates would utilize race related wedge issues to win white voters, but racist ads continued to be used by high profile candidates while he was at the helm - ads that he defended.
Of course, he also led the RNC during Congressional Republicans worst year since 1974.
Despite Mehlman set the bar low, Sen. Martinez is quickly running into trouble with conservatives over the immigration issue.
This blogger has also questioned the wisdom of the choice - though for very different reasons.