The Corner

re: Mel Martinez

They seem to have it rigged so Martinez has more of “general chair” set-up and stays in the Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican elected in 2004, has accepted an offer by the White House to become the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, three sources tell CNN.

Under the arrangement, Martinez will remain in office and serve as the party’s lead spokesman as well as take a major role in fundraising and political outreach, while RNC General Counsel Robert (Mike) Duncan will oversee the committee’s day-to-day responsibilities. Duncan is serving his fourth term as a RNC committeeman from Kentucky and was also elected the committee’s Treasurer in Jan. 2001.

– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King