|Following the loss of the both Houses of Congress in the
2006 mid-term elections, the Republican National Committee held its regular
winter meeting in Washington, DC. Outgoing RNC chairman Ken Mehlman
emphasized "the need to recommit ourselves to be the party of reform."
On Friday members formally installed the new leadership team. Mike
Duncan, the RNC committeeman from Kentucky who had been serving as general
counsel, is the new chairman and Sen. Mel Martinez (FL) is general chairman.
The national party organization is in considerable flux as many staffers
head off to work on presidential campaigns.
One of the highlights of the meeting was final approval of Minneapolis-Saint
Paul as the site of the party's 2008 national convention. Additionally,
although none of the 2008 candidates addressed the meeting, there was a
fair bit of politicking by their supporters in the hallways, during the
breaks between sessions, and at a couple of receptions. RNC members
also heard from congressional leaders and participated in various committee
meetings. The 168 members of the RNC comprise one committeeman, one
committeewoman and the chairperson from each state.
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