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Is Mel a RINO?



A conservative outfit called We the People is asking its members and fellow frustrated righties to pick their favorite RINO - Republican in Name Only - from a list of 15 that includes Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla.

Martinez angered many conservatives with his aggressive support for a (failed) compromise measure that would have given millions of illegal immigrant workers a route to legal status. Other nominees include true Republican moderates like Sens. Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe, conservative Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona (who also compromised on immigration) and presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

If this sounds like fun to you, you can vote at Republicans In Name Only. Subcategories include which RINO is most likely to cart an illegal immigrant across the border or attend a Barbara Streisand concert.

We the People is run by an Asheville, N.C., businesman named Daniel Gilbert, who also happens to be running for president.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:57pm]


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