Tuesday, September 12, 2006
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Responds To DNC Chairman Howard Dean’s Letter
Contact: Tracey Schmitt
Washington, D.C. – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman replied in writing to today’s letter sent by DNC Chairman Howard Dean. The following is the text of Chairman Mehlman’s letter in response to Chairman Howard Dean.
Howard Dean, Chairman
Democrat National Committee
430 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
September 12, 2006
Dear Chairman Dean:
I write in response to your letter today, in which you called upon the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) to denounce the activities of certain college students. I wholeheartedly agree with you that the activities you cite in your letter are reprehensible. The individuals apparently responsible for or involved in these activities, however, do not work for the RNC, nor has the RNC been involved in such events.
Indeed, your demand that the RNC denounce “tactics that breed only hatred, division and fear” is somewhat ironic given that as the national leader of the Democrat Party you seem disinclined yourself to heed it.
- “I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for …” (Dana Milbank, quoting DNC Chairman Howard Dean, “Dean’s Past As Prologue To DNC Future,” The Washington Post, 1/30/05)
- “[R]epublicans … a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.” (DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Remarks At Campaign For America’s Future “Take Back America” Conference, Washington, D.C., 6/2/05)
- “I’m tired of the ayatollahs of the right wing…”(Josie Huang, “Dean Calls For End To ‘Culture Of Corruption’,” DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Portland [ME] Press Herald, 10/23/05)
- “[T]he RNC…they love to play the victim. The truth is they are a white Christian Party.” (DNC Chairman Howard Dean, ABC’s “The View,” 9/15/05)
- “[T]hey [Republicans] all behave the same. They all look the same…It’s pretty much a white Christian party.” (Carla Marinucci, quoting DNC Chairman Howard Dean, “In S.F., Dean Calls GOP ‘A White Christian Party,’” San Francisco Chronicle, 6/7/05)
In contrast, the RNC seeks to grow our party based upon the strength of our ideas and values and through an agenda that is grounded in opportunity. As we approach an important election, it is my sincere hope that as chairman, you will seek to embrace your party’s distinguished history instead of leading it down the path of divisiveness and, in your words, “hate.”
I look forward to the opportunity to sit down with you face-to-face and discuss the different choices our respective parties offer to America, something which you have repeatedly declined to do. As you are aware, until recently such discussions between party chairs has been a time-honored tradition. I am available anytime.
Best personal regards,
Ken Mehlman, Chairman
Republican National Committee