reportedly will be Florida Senator Mel Martinez. Apparently, Martinez will continue to serve in the Senate, even though Flordia has (and will continue to have) a Republican governor who could appoint a Republican replacement.
In the old days, it was common for an office-holder to serve as party chair (Sen. Scoop Jackson was the Democratic party chair circa 1960, for example). I guess that’s the model that the Republicans will use now, as it makes a prominent Hispanic-American the party’s spokesperson. A political specialist/operative presumably will oversee the nuts-and bolts stuff.
UPDATE: I’ve been reminded that in 1995 Sen. Dodd was made the DNC co-Chair after he lost out to Sen. Daschle for minority leader, and Don Fowler handled the day to day operations as co-chair. Unfortunately, I’m at the age when 1960 is remembered more vividly than 1995.
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