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Friday, October 19, 2007

RNC General Chairman Martinez Stepping Down


WASHINGTON - Senator Mel Martinez, General Chairman of the Republican Party, and RNC Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan released the following statements today:

Statement of Senator Martinez:

"Since my election as General Chairman of the Republican Party, we have accomplished remarkable things. We have out-raised the DNC every fundraising filing period this year, leaving us with a six-to-one cash-on-hand advantage. We have worked hard to articulate the Party's core values on vital national issues ranging from funding our troops to winning the War on Terror to the promotion of fiscally conservative policies.

"It was my goal as General Chairman to lead the Party as it established the structure and raised the resources necessary to support our Presidential candidate and ensure Republican victories next November. I believe we have accomplished those goals. That’s why it is the appropriate time for me to step down as General Chairman and continue to focus my energy on serving my constituents in Florida.

"It has been my privilege to serve President Bush, and work with Chairman Duncan and the members of the Republican National Committee. I believe that our future as a Party and nation is bright and I have every intention of continuing to fight for our President, our Party, and our candidates."

Statement of Chairman Duncan:

"It has been an honor serving with Senator Mel Martinez in his role as General Chairman of the Republican Party. During his tenure, the RNC has achieved tremendous fundraising and political outreach success nationwide. Our Party has effectively laid the groundwork for the 2008 Republican presidential nominee thanks in large part to Senator Martinez's efforts, and I know that he has successfully achieved the goals that he set out to accomplish when he was elected in January. I commend Senator Martinez's relentless commitment to his constituents in Florida, and I look forward to continuing to work together for our Party in the future."

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