January 26, 2008 |
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) endorsed John McCain on Friday, a move likely to give the Republican presidential candidate a boost with the state's Cuban Americans days before the Tuesday primary. "I understand that he is ready on Day One to lead this nation, and I would trust the future and the security of this nation to this man," Martinez said in introducing the Arizona senator to the Latin Builders Assn.
October 20, 2007 |
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.
November 15, 2006 |
President Bush's decision to back Sen. Mel Martinez to help lead the Republican Party, a move intended to appeal to disaffected Latino voters, drew sharp criticism Tuesday from some of the party's core conservatives, who disdain the Florida lawmaker's support for liberalized immigration laws.
November 14, 2006 |
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), a prominent Latino who previously served in President Bush's Cabinet, will assume the high-profile post of Republican National Committee general chairman, GOP officials said Monday. Martinez, 60, will remain in the Senate when he takes the reins of the RNC in January, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.
September 2, 2004 |
Mel Martinez's victory in Florida's Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday means that the 2004 presidential election fight for Latino voters -- especially Cuban Americans -- has been joined by a key supporter of Bush in this battleground state. Earlier this year, the Bush administration angered some in the Cuban American community who interpreted new restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba as an intrusion into their extended family relations.
September 1, 2004 |
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez won the Republican nomination Tuesday for Florida's open Senate seat, giving President Bush a boost in a key battleground state. The Cuban-born Martinez, the White House's handpicked choice to compete for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, had trailed for much of the campaign, sparking concern among GOP strategists that a loss in the primary would embarrass Bush in the midst of the party's national convention.