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Sen. Martinez Takes a Bow

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Declaring himself "grateful" for the opportunity to serve, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) on Wednesday officially resigned from the U.S. Senate.

Martinez, who had announced earlier in the year he was not seeking reelection, decided last month he was ready to leave Congress even sooner and would depart as soon as a replacement was selected by Gov. Charlie Crist. George LeMieux, Crist's former chief of staff, was tapped to replace Martinez and will be sworn in Thursday to the Senate.

Martinez, who has not announced his future plans, said he would continue his work as the first Cuban-American elected to the Senate on issues important to the community.

"Even though I will no longer hold public office, my passion to work to see the day when people in Cuba will live in freedom will continue," he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 9, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
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Good riddance!

Posted by: Gatsby10 | September 9, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

It is not an exaggeration to say Martinez has been one of the most inept senators of a very inept group. Florida has some of the worst representation in the nation. Nelson, Martinez's counterpart, isn't much better. Florida isn't noted for much except maintaining the status quo.

Posted by: Diogenes | September 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Martinez is a class act. He is one of the last moderates in the Republican party. Unfortunately, being in the middle of the road today is a good place to get run over, by both your own party and the opposition.

An Eisenhower could never be elected today, and forget about Nelson Rockefeller. It seems only the hardcore party loyalists can survive today.

Posted by: alance | September 9, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Senator Martinez leaves with his head held high. Another decent moderate who refused to allow himself and his family be destroyed by the zealots on the left and the right. God speed my friend. God Bless for your service to Florida and to the nation.
Dr. Fred W. Hicks III

Posted by: fwh33 | September 9, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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