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  Mel Martinez for Senate
During his tenure as Orange County Chairman, Mel Martinez cut property taxes by tens of millions of dollars, increased funding for public safety and instituted what has since become known as the "Martinez Doctrine" - which were unprecedented steps to ensure that development would not continue to put pressure on already crowded schools.
Mel Martinez came to Florida from his native Cuba at age 15 as a part of "Operation Peter Pan," a humanitarian program led by the Catholic Church that helped over 14,000 Cuban children escape Communist Cuba.
Mel and his wife of 33 years, Kitty, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, and are active members of St. James Cathedral Parish in Orlando.
www.melforsenate.org /index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutMel.Home   (794 words)

  Online NewsHour | Vote 2004 | Key Races | Florida Senate Race | Mel Martinez
Martinez's former boss, President Bush, has been a vocal critic of trial lawyers, who he believes are partly responsible for driving up the cost of insurance for doctors by winning exorbitant jury awards in medical malpractice cases.
Critics of Martinez's HUD tenure have said he allowed himself and his story to be used as a political prop for the president and that he didn't follow through on new programs or reforms.
Martinez later added that, for the most part, his campaign was a positive one, a tone he said he will carry into the general election.
www.pbs.org /newshour/vote2004/key-races/fl_martinez.html   (1449 words)

 BREITBART.COM - Fla. Senator Mel Martinez to Chair RNC
Martinez was elected with 49 percent of the vote _ a slim margin that was credited to Bush's win in that state.
Martinez started slowly in the Senate where he was embarrassed by a one-page unsigned memo that originated in his office.
Martinez fled Cuba in 1962 as a 15-year-old.
www.breitbart.com /news/2006/11/13/D8LCDE680.html   (376 words)

 Melquiades Rafael Martinez - dKosopedia
Martinez was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Democrat Bob Graham.
Martinez was also said to be soft on "tort reform", a major Republican code-word in the 2004 race.
Martinez immediately denied all knowledge of Darling's involvement in the situation, noting that he himself had inadvertently passed a copy of the memo to Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, believing that it was nothing more than an outline of the Republican proposal.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/Mel_Martinez   (1530 words)

 Mel Martinez   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Martinez was picked by Bush to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Martinez is a “next-generation political superstar,” according to Florida state Republican leader Tom Slade.
Martinez co-chaired (with eight others) the Florida Bush campaign and was an outspoken advocate of the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez in South Florida.
www.avhub.net /BushMelMartinez.htm   (456 words)

 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez
Mel Martinez is the nation's 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Martinez has undertaken a comprehensive process to empower and protect homebuyers, and is actively working to reform and simplify the homebuying process and make it less expensive for consumers.
Martinez is ensuring that the resources of the federal government work efficiently together to provide better services to the homeless, and ultimately, end chronic homelessness.
www.whitehouse.gov /government/martinez-bio.html   (549 words)

 U.S. Senate: Senators Home > Senator Mel Martinez
Mel lived with foster families for four years until he and his family were reunited in Orlando.
Mel quickly earned a reputation as a bold leader, a tax-cutter, and a champion of law enforcement and education.
Mel and his wife of 34 years, Kitty, have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, and are active members of St. James Cathedral Parish in Orlando.
www.senate.gov /pagelayout/senators/one_item_and_teasers/martinez.htm   (415 words)

 Washington Blade Online
Mel Martinez is one of eight Republicans seeking to be that party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
Martinez in particular has sought to distinguish himself as the candidate perhaps most vocal against gay rights, including running a statewide radio ad encouraging the Senate to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment, and attacking one of his opponents for supporting hate crimes laws that would include protections based on sexual orientation.
“Martinez is an anti-gay bigot,” he said, pointing particularly to the recent radio ad that likened life in a country with same-sex marriage to life under Castro, “a totalitarian dictator who had no respect for the traditional values of family and faith,” as Martinez, who is originally Cuban, said in the radio spot.
www.washblade.com /2004/7-16/news/breaking/two.cfm   (2197 words)

 State: Martinez defends decision on bias study
When U.S. Senate hopeful Mel Martinez was HUD secretary, he blocked release of a discrimination study now wanted for a federal lawsuit.
Martinez said this week he had no choice, because federal regulations provide a comment period for the target of a review to comment on the findings.
Martinez won't discuss the conclusions in the study, or whether it proved racial or ethnic bias in automated underwriting.
www.sptimes.com /2004/10/03/State/Martinez_defends_deci.shtml   (1065 words)

 House of Cards: Mel Martinez's HUD Accomplishments
Martinez is claiming that on his watch HUD successfully promoted minority homeownership and faith-based initiatives, and eliminated waste and fraud.
Martinez is running to McCollum’s right (even as he’s being attacked as a liberal by GOP gadfly and professional Clinton-hater Larry Klayman) but should he win the nomination he will have to move towards the center.
Martinez brought little government or housing experience to the job, having spent two years as head of Orlando’s housing authority in the 1980s and two years as Orange County’s elected chief executive officer immediately before assuming his HUD post.
www.nhi.org /online/issues/135/martinez.html   (2595 words)

 NPR : Bush Taps Florida Senator to Chair RNC
Martinez and Duncan will be responsible for leading the RNC during Bush's final two years in office and throughout the presidential election cycle.
Martinez noted that splitting the chairmanship in two is not new, noting that President Reagan in the 1980s selected Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada to be general chairman while Frank Fahrenkopf was chairman.
Martinez must be elected by the Republican National Committee, but with the president's endorsement he was not expected to be challenged.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=6465541   (868 words)

 Mel Martinez - Congresspedia
Martinez immediately denied all knowledge of Darling's involvement in the situation, noting that he himself had inadvertently passed a copy of the memo to Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, believing that it was nothing more than an outline of the Republican proposal.
Martinez was criticized by some for his support for a "guest-worker" for illegal immigrants.
Martinez resigned his cabinet post on December 12, 2003 to run for an open U.S. Senate seat in Florida being vacated by retiring Democrat Bob Graham.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Mel_Martinez   (1468 words)

 Mel Martinez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Martinez is a Republican and a Roman Catholic.
Martinez defeated his Democratic opponent, Betty Castor, in a very close election that was preceded by numerous negative television ads directed at his opponent.
Martinez did much worse than Bush in the Tampa area, such as in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and in smaller counties such as Liberty and Lafayette.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mel_Martinez   (1988 words)

 CNN.com - Castor concedes Florida Senate race - Nov 3, 2004
Martinez, 58, came to the United States from Cuba at age 15, unable to speak English, and was joined four years later by his family.
Countering Martinez' criticism that she did not do enough to rid the campus of al-Arian, Castor said she was the only person who took action against him, according to The Associated Press, noting that President Bush met with the suspect during a 2000 campaign stop in Florida.
The two also disagreed on raising the minimum wage (Castor supported an increase and Martinez did not) and a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages (Castor said she opposed an amendment because she believed it would be "divisive," while Martinez supported it, saying that it would restrain "activist judges").
www.cnn.com /2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/03/senate.florida/index.html   (682 words)

 Mel Martinez
Mel Martinez was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for most of President George W. Bush's first term, and won election as America's first Cuban-American Senator in 2004.
A trial lawyer by trade, Martinez was President of the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers in the 1980s, and he was Chairman of Florida's Orange County when he took 6-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez on a well-publicized trip to Disney World.
Martinez himself is widely perceived as being up to his neck in the ongoing Jack Abramoff scandals.
www.nndb.com /people/085/000060902   (496 words)

 USATODAY.com - GOP senator suggests shutting Guantanamo prison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Mel Martinez, who strongly supported Bush's efforts in Iraq, expresses concerns about progress in the war.
Martinez, who served in President Bush's first cabinet and is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made his comments after Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden suggested earlier in the week that the prison in Cuba be shut down.
Martinez, who strongly supported Bush's efforts in Iraq during his campaign last year, also expressed concerns about progress in the war.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2005-06-11-mel-martinez-gitmo_x.htm   (466 words)

 Mel Martinez on Principles & Values   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Mel Martinez escaped communist Cuba at age 15 as a part of "Operation Peter Pan," a humanitarian program that helped over 14,000 Cuban children escape Communist Cuba.
Martinez will vote to confirm federal judges that will base their decisions on sound legal principles & respect the free exercise of religion, and stand up to the liberal agenda of removing all public displays of religious devotion from American society.
Martinez, 56, has avoided addressing his political future since speculation began earlier this year that GOP strategists were leaning on him to seek the seat of Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat pursuing the nomination for president.
www.ontheissues.org /Social/Mel_Martinez_Principles_+_Values.htm   (1019 words)

 Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Political Pulse: Mel Martinez archives
U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez is scheduled to appear tonight on MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," to speak about the immigration legislation currently roiling Congress and the Bush White House.
Martinez recalled that as housing secretary he had "the distinction, the honor and the privilege" of serving in the Cabinet with Rumsfeld.
U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida today helped forge a breakthrough compromise on a massive immigration bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to gain full legal status.
blogs.orlandosentinel.com /news_politics/mel_martinez/index.html   (875 words)

 Senate Contender Mel Martinez: Key for Bush in Florida   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Martinez opposes the inclusion of sexual orientation in the "hate crimes" bill and taxpayer funding of research that destroys human life.
Martinez has been the beneficiary of several high-profile endorsements from organizations that see his candidacy as key to keeping Republican control of the Senate and re-electing President Bush.
Martinez is viewed as key in wooing these voters, as well as the rest of the state's growing Latino vote.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2004/8/17/170445.shtml   (773 words)

 Hispanic Magazine.com May 2001 Features Mel Martinez
Melquiades “Mel” Martínez was forced to leave his home as a teenager to go to a foreign country where his future was unclear.
The first Cuban American member in the U.S. Cabinet left his homeland in 1962 when he was 15, arriving in the United States as a child of a Cold War plan called Operation Pedro Pan.
Mel Martínez gets a warm welcome from senators before his confirmation hearing.
www.hispaniconline.com /magazine/2001/may/Features/mel.html   (1149 words)

 FOXNews.com - Sen. Mel Martinez Resigns Top GOP Post, Will Focus on Re-election - Politics | Republican Party | ...
Martinez, who is up for re-election in 2010, said he was relinquishing the job to spend more time focusing on his constituents and because the RNC had achieved the objective he set when he assumed the job in January.
By tapping the Cuban-born Martinez to be the party's public persona a year ago, the White House had turned to a lawmaker who has been a staunch supporter of the president, including on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, including a guest-worker program.
Martinez gained national recognition amid the drama surrounding Elian Gonzalez, the castaway boy who was returned from the U.S. to Cuba in 2000 after an international custody battle.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,303617,00.html   (853 words)

 Online NewsHour: Mel Martinez
Mel Martinez is the Chairman of Orange County, Florida.
Martinez is currently serving as Chairman of Governor Jeb Bush’s Growth Management Study Commission.
www.pbs.org /newshour/inauguration/transition/mel-martinez.html   (259 words)

 NewsMax Endorses Mel Martinez For Senator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Prior to joining the Bush administration, Martinez was the first popularly elected Republican to serve as Orange County Chairman — chief executive of one of Florida's largest counties and a key battleground in the upcoming elections.
Martinez is committed to a freer, stronger America because he appreciates this country for what it has given to him.
Martinez came to Florida from his native Cuba at age 15 as a part of "Operation Peter Pan," a humanitarian program led by the Catholic Church that helped over 14,000 Cuban children escape Communist Cuba.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2004/8/29/160930.shtml   (1265 words)

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