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GOP DRIVES PRO-IMMIGRATION SENATOR MARTINEZ FROM LEADERSHIP POSITION

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Roll Call is reporting that Florida's Senator Mel Martinez has resigned his position as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Chief among the reasons cited is Martinez's championing of immigration reform initiatives. As the GOP has drifted further in to anti-immigrant waters, pro-immigration voices are in the party are being silenced.



Another victim of this trend is Senator Sam Brownback, the Kansas Republican who had one of the most pro-immigrant records in Congress. Brownback heavily emphasized immigration enforcement in his bid to get the Republican nomination for President. But his pro-immigration past plagued him throughout the campaign and yesterday he called it quits. Hopefully, when he returns to the Senate, he will also re-embrace his views on immigration. But I'm hardly optimistic. Only after Republicans take a few beatings in the next few election cycles are they likely to tone down the rhetoric and resume their traditional positions on the issue.

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  1. Middle Ground's Avatar
    I thought he was perfect for the GOP. Unable to raise money, very little influence. He was my ideal GOP chairman.

    Of course, I'm not a Republican ;-)
  2. TX's Avatar
    Was he really driven out or resigned on his own accord? It's a shame what this party has become.
  3. Legal Immi's Avatar
    Extremes in both parties are so nasty. Extremist elements in both parties want to kick me out of this country for various reasons.

    One crowd (Right wing)want to kick me out because I am a non christian , non white. This crowd does not care about any one who is different from them.

    One crowd(Daily kos crowd) want to kick me out because they think I am a job stealer. This is the same crowd that does not see any impact on labor market and wages by legalizing 20 million people but have issues with clearing backlogs in the legal immigration system.

  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Well that does it the republicans get as far as possible from the largest minority group in the US. Martinez was one of the few people that gave them cover and made the republicans look inclusive and diverse. That will no longer be the case!!!
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