Republican Leader Mel Martinez Blasts Giuliani & Romney on Immigration

Well, someone is certainly out of touch with American conservatives…
It’s just too bad he’s also the chairman of the Republican National Committee!!

Senator Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., center, chit-chats with with Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., right, Los Angeles radio host Eddie ‘El Piolin’ Sotelo, left, and others, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 14, 2007, prior to a news conference on immigration reform. (AP/Dennis Cook)

(** Sotelo came to the US illegally- in the trunk of a car! )

This looks promising for democrats–
The Chairman of the Republican National Committee is lashing out at Rdy Giuliani and Mitt Romney over immigration!
The Naples News reported:

This week, news outlets slammed Martinez, the Florida Republican and chairman of the Republican National Committee, for being “out of step” with those in his own party.

The criticism came Tuesday after Martinez blamed two leading Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani, for failing to come up with a solution to the nation’s ongoing immigration crisis.

Martinez, you may recall, helped craft a measure earlier this year that would provide an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants with a pathway to legal status while sealing the borders. That plan was opposed by many Republicans, including Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.

But the Cuban-born Martinez said the two presidential candidates failed to come up with an alternate plan.

“Presidential contests are about leadership,” the senator said in a speech this week, according to the St. Petersburg Times. “It’s about leading on the tough issues.”

“It was easy to say, ‘This wasn’t good enough. This isn’t right. I don’t agree with Martinez,’” the senator added. “But at the end of the day, what is your answer? How would you solve this?”

In the same speech, Martinez, who hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate, praised Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for being so “courageous” during the contentious debate earlier in the year.

Good luck in 2008, GOP.

UPDATE: In other political news… A leftie blogger is pressing charges against Fred Thompson.

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