More on Mel Martinez and Staffers

Via Blogswarm, From the October 3, 2004 Miami Herald (available on Lexis.com). It's not a real conversation, it's an imagined one by a columnist, but it shows Mel Martinez' reputation for blaming staffers for his own deeds. Read it all, it's worth it.

Then there is this editorial that appeared right after Martinez won, showing that his blaming of staff is a running joke in Florida.

"When challenged, Martinez was too eager to assign blame to his staff or to groups he said he couldn't control. As a senator, he will need an office and a staff that speaks with the measured and centrist tone he says will be his own. He can't pretend to be above it all if the people he employs are not."

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    Re: More on Mel Martinez and Staffers (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Apr 07, 2005 at 10:29:20 AM EST
    Poor Mel. It's almost like he's haunted (he's not, though -- I would know; I'm a Ghost). It seems his staff keeps on letting him down, over and over, despite all his best efforts. I looked into the details and they're very very sad. (Shameless blogwagging ...)

    Re: More on Mel Martinez and Staffers (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Apr 07, 2005 at 10:54:36 AM EST
    Well said, Susan Carr. I'm assuming you're not related to Boston Herald wingnut columnist Howie Carr!!

    Re: More on Mel Martinez and Staffers (none / 0) (#3)
    by Che's Lounge on Thu Apr 07, 2005 at 02:22:53 PM EST
    ROTFLMFAO!!! Mike Allen from the Wapo was just interviewed on CNN and boy he could NOT be stuttering any more if he had written the thing himself. His "explanation" is that the staffer composed the memo "unilaterally" and "showed it" to Martinez, who, according to Allen, mistakenly gave it to a democrat. My stomach hurts! Maybe it's all those flying monkeys.

    Re: More on Mel Martinez and Staffers (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Fri Apr 08, 2005 at 04:23:33 AM EST
    Mel Martinez is another slimeball Republican politician. At one time he was considered a moderate Republican and a decent guy. That was before he ran for the Senate (he was Bush's handpicked candidate in Florida) and crossed over to the dark side of the force. First he went negative against fellow Republican, Bill McCullom, accusing him of being "the darling of homosexual extremists." Then he won the election by sliming Betty Castor, accusing her of harboring terrorists.