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Kenneth Brian Mehlman (born August 21, 1966, Baltimore, Maryland) is an American attorney who was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007. He served as the campaign manager for George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. In a June 2007 press release by the White House website, Mehlman was nominated by President George W. Bush to be a board member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial committee. is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... The Republican National Committee (RNC) provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. ... In United States and other democracies, political campaigns larger than a few individuals generally include a campaign manager whose role is to coordinate the campaigns operations. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... poop This article is about the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, the incumbent President of the United States and winner of the 2004 Presidential Election. ...

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Personal

Mehlman is the son of Judith A. Mehlman and Arthur S. Mehlman, a director of MuniMae and formerly a partner at KPMG, for which he was the head of the firm's auditing department in the Baltimore/Washington region. KPMG is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


Mehlman is Jewish, a fact he noted in response to Howard Dean's suggestion that the Republican Party was "pretty much a white Christian party."[1] He lives in Washington, D.C. and has never been married. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Howard Brush Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont, and currently the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the central organ of the Democratic Party at the national level. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      A Christian () is a person who... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


In response to public questions about his sexual orientation, Mehlman initially declined to respond, telling staff reporter Eric Resnick of the Gay People's Chronicle in Ohio that "[You] have asked a question people shouldn't have to answer." In May 2006, however, he denied being gay, adding that the rumors have affected his dating life.[2] On November 8 of the same year, Bill Maher, complaining of conservative hypocrisy, suggested on Larry King Live that Mehlman is homosexual, and that "everyone in Washington" knows.[3] Subsequent rebroadcasts of the same Larry King Live segment were edited to remove the direct reference to Mehlman, and CNN demanded removal of clips of the unedited show from YouTube.[4] Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... William Bill Maher, Jr. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


Education

Mehlman received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. He is a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Franklin and Marshall College is a four-year private co-educational liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Location of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania Location of Lancaster in Lancaster County Country United States State Pennsylvania County Lancaster Founded 1730 Incorporated March 10, 1818 Government  - Mayor Rick Gray (D) Area  - City  7. ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... Harvard Law School (colloquially, Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... ΦΚΤ (Phi Kappa Tau) is a U.S. national college fraternity. ...


Career

Mehlman practiced environmental law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. (1991–1996) and assisted campaigns in Massachusetts (William Weld's 1990 gubernatorial campaign), Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and Georgia as well as the 1992 and 1996 Presidential campaigns. Environmental law is a body of law, which is a system of complex and interlocking statutes, common law, treaties, conventions, regulations and policies which seeks to protect the natural environment which may be affected, impacted or endangered by human activities. ... Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm dedicated to providing innovative legal services to individuals and institutions. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... A governor is an official who heads the government of a colony, state or other sub-national state unit. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Mehlman was Congresswoman Kay Granger’s (TX-12) Chief of Staff and Congressman Lamar S. Smith’s (TX-21) Legislative Director. Mehlman served George W. Bush as the field director for his 2000 campaign and later became the White House Director of Political Affairs. He managed the Bush presidential re-election campaign in 2004. In January 2005, the American Association of Political Consultants gave Mehlman the "Campaign Manager of the Year" award for his management of the Bush/Cheney presidential ticket. [5] Kay Granger (born January 18, 1943) from the state of Texas, currently representing the 12th Congressional district (map) in the U.S. House. ... The current boundaries of Texas District 12. ... Lamar Seeligson Smith (born November 19, 1947) is a Republican politician from the state of Texas, currently representing the states 21st congressional district (map) in the United States House of Representatives. ... The current boundaries of Texas District 21. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in January • 29 Ephraim Kishon • 25 Philip Johnson • 23 Johnny Carson • 22 Parveen Babi • 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański • 17 Virginia Mayo • 17 Zhao Ziyang • 15...


He currently works at the Washington law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.[6] Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm dedicated to providing innovative legal services to individuals and institutions. ...


Republican Party chair

Mehlman was President Bush's choice to replace Ed Gillespie as the chair of the Republican National Committee and was elected to the post on January 19, 2005. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Edward Gillespie (born 1962) is an American conservative Republican political lobbyist. ... The Republican National Committee (RNC) provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He announced after the November 2006 general election that he would not seek re-election to another term as Republican National Chairman. One of his top deputies, RNC political Director Michael DuHaime announced in December that he would become Campaign Manager for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. Mike DuHaime Mike DuHaime Mike DuHaime (born 1974), a prominent Republican strategist, is the Campaign Manager of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giulianis campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. ... Rudolph William Louis Rudy Giuliani III, KBE (born May 28, 1944) served as the Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1994 through December 31, 2001. ...


Mehlman addressed the NAACP a full year before George W. Bush addressed the civil rights organization.[7] In his address to the NAACP on July 14, 2005 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mehlman apologized for the Republican Party's failure to reach out to the black community in the aftermath of 1964's Civil Rights Act, stating, "Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization... I am here as Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong" [8][9]. In a CNN interview a couple of days after the speech, he reluctantly mentioned the "Southern Strategy" by name. [10] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: , County Milwaukee Government  - Mayor Tom Barrett (D) Area  - City  97 sq mi (251. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Several United States laws have been called the Civil Rights Act: Civil Rights Act of 1866[1] aimed to buttress Civil Rights Laws to protect freedmen and to grant full citizenship to those born on U.S. soil except Indians. ... In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the focus of the Republican party on winning U.S. Presidential elections by securing the electoral votes of the U.S. Southern states. ...


Although Mehlman's speech seemed to suggest a new approach towards the African-American community, most have considered the approach to be unsuccessful, with several polls indicating that Republicans have not improved in terms of African-American approval. A Washington Post poll shows that George W. Bush's approval rating among African Americans fell to 2% at one point,[11] and a report card issued by the NAACP gave "F"s to a majority of Congressional Republicans, although the report card covered a wide variety of issues, with multiple ones not dealing mainly with African Americans.[12] George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


As head of the RNC, Mehlman played a key role, along with Karl Rove, in executing the Republican Party's long-term plan for electoral dominance. This is discussed at length in Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger's One Party Country.[13] Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until the end of August 2007. ... Peter Wallsten covers the White House and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, and is the author, with Tom Hamburger, of One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century. ... One Party Country refers to the Republican Partys vision for long term electoral supremacy in the United States through a generation-long effort to develop its political infrastructure, its knowledge of voter motivations, and by appealing to voter demographics that have traditionally leaned to the Democrats (e. ...


Mehlman stepped down voluntarily at the end of 2006.[14] He was replaced by Mike Duncan and Mel Martinez. Mike Duncan is the current chairman of the Republican National Committee. ... Melquíades Rafael Mel Martínez (born October 23, 1946) is a Cuban-American, who is currently the junior United States Senator from Florida and the General Chairman of the Republican Party. ...


Controversies

Phone jamming scandal

A Democratic analysis of phone records introduced at the 2005 criminal trial of James Tobin, the Northeast political director for the RNC in 2002, show that he made 115 outgoing calls - mostly to the same number in the White House office of political affairs - between September 17 and November 22, 2002. At the time, the office of political affairs was headed by Mehlman. Two dozen of the calls were made from 9:28 a.m. the day before the election through 2:17 a.m. the night after the voting, a three-day period during which the criminal phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out, and then abruptly shut down. The 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal involves the use of a telemarketing firm hired by that states Republican Party (NHGOP) for election tampering. ... James Tobin, of Bangor, Maine, President George W. Bushs New England campaign chairman, was convicted December 15, 2005, on telephone harassment charges for his part in a plot to jam the Democrats phones on Election Day 2002. ...


Virtually all the calls to the White House went to the same phone number. In April 2006, Mehlman issued a statement on the matter, noting that his deputy for the Northeast states routinely discussed election business with RNC officials, and categorically stated that "none of my conversations nor the conversations of my staff, involved discussion of the phone-jamming incident."[15][16]


References

  1. ^ Dean's Identity Crisis - New York Sun, June 9, 2005
  2. ^ Cooper's own sad story - New York Daily News, May 2, 2006
  3. ^ Bill Maher outs Ken Mehlman - Larry King Live, CNN, November 8, 2006
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ American Association of Political Consultants gives top awards to Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman and campaign team for new Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko - American Association of Political Consultants, January 21, 2005
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/20/bush.naacp.ap/
  8. ^ GOP ignored black vote, chairman says - John Rundy, Boston Globe, July 15, 2005
  9. ^ GOP presses black voters for 'a chance' - Joseph Williams, Boston Globe, August 5, 2005
  10. ^ Transcript - CNN, July 17, 2005
  11. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2005/10/13/BL2005101300885.html
  12. ^ http://www.naacp.org/inc/docs/washington/109/109_report_card.pdf
  13. ^ Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century (Wiley, 2006).
  14. ^ Balz, Dan. "Mehlman Won't Seek Another Term as Republican Party Chief", The Washington Post, November 10, 2006. 
  15. ^ Granite Status: Meridian to guide Coburn race for governor - John Distaso, UnionLeader.com, March 23, 2006
  16. ^ Statement From RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman - GOP website, April 11, 2006

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  1. Gay People's Chronicle (March 25, 2005)
  2. Working for Change
  3. Washington Blade (May 28, 2004)
  4. Washington Blade (April 1, 2005)
  5. New York Press
  6. Austin Chronicle
  7. World Net Daily
  8. Harpers
  9. Raw Story
  10. Village Voice

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Ken Mehlman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (923 words)
Mehlman is the son of Judith A. Mehlman and Arthur S. Mehlman, a director of MuniMae and formerly a partner at KPMG, for which he was the head of the firm's auditing department in the Baltimore/Washington region.
Mehlman practiced environmental law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C. (1991–1996) and assisted campaigns in Massachusetts (William Weld's 1990 gubernatorial campaign), Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and Georgia as well as the 1992 and 1996 Presidential campaigns.
Mehlman was President Bush's choice to replace Ed Gillespie as the chair of the Republican National Committee and was elected to the post on January 19, 2005.
Headlines - Ken Mehlman Changed the Way Republicans Target Voters - Stanford GSB (755 words)
Mehlman, who also served as Bush’s chief policy advisor from 2001 to 2003, said it was not metrics alone, but what he called “transparent metrics,” that were really useful.
When Mehlman first started working for Bush in 1999 as a field director during his first campaign, he ignored the advice to attach himself to the president to help advance his own career and decided that he could be a more effective leader by working with people further down the totem pole.
Mehlman’s driven nature came through during his impassioned and high-energy address, but he said that he also worked to make his personal life a priority and would even turn down a meeting with an influential politician if it meant skipping his cherished exercise time.
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