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Republican senator resigning ASAP, cited personal reasons what do YOU think?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida said Friday he will step down from the Senate as soon as possible — more than a year before his term ends — adding fresh intrigue over who will fill the seat.

Martinez, the only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, revealed his plans in a statement to supporters and was expected to publicly announce the decision Friday afternoon in Florida.

The first-term senator already had announced in December that he would not seek re-election in 2010, but had fended off rumors that he would give up the seat early.

His decision puts Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — who is running to replace him — in charge of filling the job in the interim. Crist said Friday as he boarded a plane to Tampa that he would not appoint himself, but wouldn't discuss the issue further.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:45 PM on Aug. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:45 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • wierd! let me know

    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 2:53 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • Worse case scenario, imo-Who knows maybe Bribery, Racketeering And Money Laundering ... Much like William Jefferson (D-La) was found guilty of..

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:18 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

  • doesn't want to waste a year being a lame duck? That seems to be the trend for all those hipster Republicans and mavericks.

    I hope he doesn't have any physical or health issues to deal with--I would never wish that sort of thing on anyone!

    Answer by PsWifey at 3:46 PM on Aug. 7, 2009

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