August 12, 2004

THE DWEEBY WHITE GUY VOTE IS ALREADY LOCKED UP:

GOP pencils in Martinez talk: He may speak at the convention -- if he prevails in the primary. (John Kennedy, August 12, 2004, Orlando Sentinel)

The winner of Florida's Republican primary for U.S. Senate likely will get a featured spot at the GOP national convention -- as long as it's Mel Martinez.

Martinez is listed as a tentative speaker on the convention's closing night, Sept. 2, playing a coveted role leading into the climactic acceptance speech by President Bush.

Although six other Republicans are vying for Florida's Senate nomination Aug. 31, only Martinez appears bound to be showcased at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where the GOP will tout the party's appeal to minorities.

It's the latest snub of front-runner Bill McCollum by his own party in a race where Martinez has garnered support from GOP leaders and the quiet backing of the White House

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2004 8:54 AM
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