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Mel Martinez's rising star



The American Conservative Union, which calls itself the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative lobbying organization, is giving U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez its 2005 Best and Brightest Award.

The award annually to senators and congressmen who score 100 percent in ACU’s "Rating of Congress" based on their voting commitment to ideological conservatism.

"As many increasingly question what it means to be a conservative today —especially in the face of an exploding and encroaching federal government — Senator Martinez held fast to ACU’s core values of fiscal discipline and limited government," said David A. Keene, ACU’s chairman. "Unmoved by shifting poll numbers and the Potomac temptations to make headlines and put power over principle, Senator Martinez deserves our respect, our admiration, and our vote."

ACU has rated every member of Congress since 1971. Ratings are here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:04pm]


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