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Report: GOP Florida Senator Mel Martinez Resigning

A sudden announcement. Florida Republican Senator Mel Martinez is resigning.

CNN: Martinez "Earlier this year, Martinez said he would not run for re-election in 2010. Under Florida law covering a Senate resignation, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will get to appoint a successor until the next general election. Crist himself is running for that seat."

Politico reports: "He made the announcement at a morning staff meeting, where he said he will not be returning to the Senate after the August recess. Martinez has been rumored to be interested in the presidential opening at Florida State University, but had denied the speculation. The position just opened up in June, after university president T.K. Wetherell announced he was stepping down. It’s the second time that Martinez has resigned from a high-profile Republican office in the last several years. He stepped down as chairman of the Republican National Committee in October 2007 to focus more on his legislative responsibilities as a senator."

Martinez has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality. He said, in 2006, "It isn't good enough to say, 'Leave it up to the states.'...If we leave it up to the states we will see the erosion of marriage that we've seen by activist courts, which we otherwise will not see if we protect the institution of marriage at the federal level." Martinez, however, had no problem hiring gay staffers.

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  1. hasta luego!! woohooo... another homophobe republican.

    Posted by: steve | Aug 7, 2009 11:42:56 AM

  2. What is it with GOP politicians and not fulfilling their elected positions? They seem to think that if they get bored with their jobs they can just resign. Palin seems to have started a movement.

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 7, 2009 12:16:11 PM

  3. States rights are great until you think they might not go your way? By-bye, hypocritical jacksass.

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 7, 2009 12:48:11 PM

  4. I smell a scandal brewing.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 7, 2009 1:32:06 PM

  5. Le scandale du jour is right around the corner.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 7, 2009 2:38:35 PM

  6. Seems like a rough one for Crist but it will likely be an easy fix with just a little bit of a hailstorm one that could have been avoided.

    Posted by: Tim Lara | Aug 7, 2009 3:44:18 PM

  7. Something is rotten in Denmark methinks!!! I too smell a scandal brewing after all if it were a health issue there is no crime in saying so and leaving, but a scandal is another thing altogether! I'd love to see this homophobe be eaten up and self implode!

    Posted by: alex in boston | Aug 7, 2009 5:24:39 PM

  8. Good riddance. Between the homophobic policy and his opposition to reopening trade relations with Cuba, he's been a disaster for Florida.

    Posted by: Iko | Aug 8, 2009 8:23:46 AM

  9. hmm hiring gays versus full equality. Yeah a little like saying I don't have a problem with black people, I let them in to clean my house. Anyway here is to another possible scandal.

    Posted by: cmh | Aug 8, 2009 9:30:26 AM

  10. Rumor has it that he is positioning to throw his name in the hat for the FSU president as their current one is retiring.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 8, 2009 3:44:36 PM

  11. Bye bye bigot!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Aug 9, 2009 10:38:17 PM

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