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FL-Senate: Martinez to Resign

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R), who had previously announced he would not seek reelection in 2010, has now decided to resign his seat -- a move that will allow Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to appoint a replacement to fill the remaining months of Martinez's term, according to a source familiar with the decision.

The Martinez news, which was first reported by CNN, throws a fascinating wrinkle into the open seat race to replace Martinez.

Crist, as the sitting governor, has the power to appoint a replacement for Martinez -- a task complicated by the fact that he is seeking the same Senate seat in 2010. Crist could, theoretically, appoint himself but that seems unlikely as it could spark a voter backlash in a race that Crist is strongly favored to win.

Assuming Crist does not name himself, he is likely to appoint a caretaker who will hold the seat until January 2011 but will not seek the full term. The hot name at the moment to fill the slot is former Gov. Bob Martinez, who spent a single term as the state's chief executive from 1986 to 1990. Other names mentioned include former Sen. Connie Mack and former Secretary of State Jim Smith.

Former state House speaker Marco Rubio, Crist's primary opponent, praised Martinez and offered his take on Crist's selection to fill the seat.

"As Governor Crist considers who he will appoint as Florida's next U.S. senator, I urge him to take great care in his selection," said Rubio in a statement. "Florida deserves an interim senator who will go to Washington and serve as a true check on President Obama's push for more wasteful government spending, government-run health care and cap-and-trade."

Given the questions Rubio is seeking to raise about Crist's conservative bona fides, it's close to certain that whoever the governor appoints to the vacancy will have impeccable conservative credentials -- thereby assuring skeptical Florida Republicans that Crist is, in fact, one of them.

Democrats seized on the announcement by seeking to paint the Martinez decision as part of a larger issue for the GOP.

"Republicans seem to have a problem fulfilling their oaths of office," said DSCC communications director Eric Schultz. "Republicans in elected office can't bolt fast enough apparently. First Sarah Palin quits, then Kelly Ayotte quits, and now Mel Martinez quits. The country faces enormous challenges right now, and voters are watching who is up to the task."

Rep. Kendrick Meek, the likely Democratic nominee for Senate, was far less confrontational; "Senator Mel Martinez made history when he was elected to the U.S. Senate and I wish him only the best in his future endeavors," said Meek in a statement.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
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Posted by: matthewjblack | August 10, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig, and EVERY Republican that "dennissupper" mentioned is not currently in office. That was my point (in case he or anyone else wants to discuss).

Posted by: JakeD | August 9, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig - still in office

Mark Sanford - still in office

John Ensign - still in office

David Vitter - still in office

What was your point again?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

dennissupper:

Every Republican you mentioned did leave on their own -- unlike Democrats who actually get impeached and then STILL won't quit -- so, what was your point again?

Posted by: JakeD | August 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

2 Democrats got sweat mortgages that you and I can't get. Another one was busted for putting cash in the freezer, the Gov of Il was impeached and is going to prison. The other Il Senator paid to get his seat (Democrats wont even hang out with him). At least the Republicans leave office on their own.

Posted by: spnk703 | August 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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Yeah, I remember Agnew & Nixon leaving on their own. Then there's that paragon of virtue, Newt Gingrich. Wasn't Denny Hastert also forced to leave because he didn't follow up on some ethics questions ? I can't really remember because there are so many more Republican criminals and just downright despicable people than the Dems that you named.

I also remember, lately, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, a whole bunch of Bush's folks that left to spend more time with their families, etc.

Blagojevich was and is an idiot and Burriss is stupid for having done what he did. Wasn't it the right side of the aisle that screamed when the Dems didn't want to seat him ?

Yeah, you're so wise and right. All of the ills that this country is facing can be laid at the feet of the Dems.

Idiot.

Posted by: dennissuper | August 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Rumor mill says the governor will pick SCOTT ROTHSTEIN, the South Florida mega-lawyer who raised millions for Charlie and his favorites. Rothstein is smart, Florida-centered and would be a major domo fundraiser in getting Crist elected to the seat. Charlie's fundraising problems would be solved in one stroke.

Rothstein can help Charlie win the seat; others can do virtually nothing. This just makes sense.

Rothstein wants it - not picking him would be a kick in the face.

Posted by: loyalopposition2 | August 9, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Martinez was one of the lead Republicans in trying to exploit the Terry Schiavo tragedy in 2005 to enhance his party's political position with their core constituency, the fundamentalist Christian Right. That most Americans recognized this as an intrusion in a personal family matter and that it backfired in the face of the GOP and began their inexorable slide into the political wilderness is a good good thing.

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It also finished off Bill "Hymie the Robot" Frist, which was a very very good thing

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 9, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Martinez was one of the lead Republicans in trying to exploit the Terry Schiavo tragedy in 2005 to enhance his party's political position with their core constituency, the fundamentalist Christian Right. That most Americans recognized this as an intrusion in a personal family matter and that it backfired in the face of the GOP and began their inexorable slide into the political wilderness is a good good thing.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | August 8, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Rubio may be Hispanic but his Latino background is as germane to a potential appointment as Alan Keyes' race is to his presidential runs.

Both men are far-right extremist nutb4rs, and to appoint someone as lunatic as Rubio to the US Senate would be a grotesquely irresponsible act, up there with McCain's putting a fundamentalist idiot in reach of nuclear weapons.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 8, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

All will agree the Republican Party "Must Reach Out TO Hispanics". Ok--Most Republicans agree. Let's do it. That said, as I read the above comments from the obviously "left-wing extremists" they obviously can't see the forest for all the damn trees".

By the above definition anyone who believes we should be "A Nation of Laws" is a "right-wing extremist." The word ILLEGAL is not in their politically correct vocabulary. Here we had the first Cuban-American, Mel Martinez , elected to the Senate. Yeah Republicans for doing something that the Democratic Party, for all their blather and name calling couldn't accomplish. Today, Sid Dinerstein, Palm Beach County Republican Chairman when asked what should Governor Crist do to replace Senator Martinez said" The Governor should appoint a "caretaker" someone who SPECIFICALLY is there for a year and a half and is not going to seek the job next year". Chairman Dinerstein said this because he has endorsed Governor Crist.

Think about it, Governor Crist has the oppurtunity to reach out, Make a "Historic Appointment" and appoint a Cuban American to replace Senator Martinez. But, He won't--WHY, because--he wants to be elected to this Senator position in 2010. It is Politics plain an simple. All of the above contributors who rage about the non-inclusive Republican Party will demand that Marco Rubio not appointed because he is a "Conservative Hispanic".

For the above name callers, from his Bio, In November, 2006 Rubio became Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He is the first Hispanic and second youngest person in Florida’s history to preside over a legislative body. The Speaker of the House is a constitutional office regarded by many as the second most powerful post in state government.

Talk abut racial bias and politics. This Hispanic Cuban American is supremely qualified but "THE FIX IS IN"---for Governor Crist!

Posted by: passonfirstdown | August 8, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Note that there were only a couple threads begun today (I usually don't post on every thread -- makes it more fun that way -- catch and release, it's called ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Note that every thread begun today is loaded up with The JakeD MeMeMe Show.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, you shouldn't have said that you would "endeavor to ignore" me then. Hurts to see your own words come back to bite you, huh?

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Quit it with the ignore thing. It's just another variation on the "you didn't answer my questions" thing. It's all painfully infantile and nobody gives a crap.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Then stop saying you will "endeavor to ignore" me. Make up your mind, why don't ya?

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Much though you may think that this forum is all about you, and much though you try to make it all about you, Jake, this forum nevertheless is not all about you.

I'll post what I want, ignore what I want, and your wishes don't mean jack sh|t.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

That's the Freedom Free-Market Liberty Guns-n-God Freedom Freedom Party!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 7, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox (for the last time):

IGNORE –verb

1. to refrain from noticing or recognizing

2. to not continually post in response thereto

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

No the GOP will probably call itself the Freedom Free-Market Liberty God Freedom Freedom Party

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mel, for voting for Justice Sonia. I think Mel got disgusted by the plunge of the GOP into full blown irrational racism, Latino-bashing, xenophobia, birthin', hooliganism, sexism, Bible-thumping, and the rest. Why get tarred with that bigoted junk: he's doing a "Powell" and looking to change the party from the outside. Buena suerte in the private sector, Mel.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | August 7, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Spink703, what's a sweat mortgage?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 7, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

thebobbob:

Obviously, the GOP will never change its name to the "New American Fascist Party".

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Martinez 2012! When the going gets tough, we get out!

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | August 7, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

He no longer wants to associate himself with a Party that is devolving into an extremist right-wing fringe group. He wants to be able to say that he left before it changed its name to the New American Fascist Party.

He'll do penitence for supporting the Bush Crime Family for so long. He'll have to answer for his support of so much gone wrong but he won't have to be on the inside when the Party collapses.

Get out Mel while the getting's good!

Posted by: thebobbob | August 7, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

First: All you Communist, KGB and GRU informers: Please note that this is a FISHY comment to be reported immediately to the sitting "Party of the People. (aka: Communist party leaders)"

Second: Of course Martinez resigned. If the ruling party threatened your family and your life, I am sure you would quit your job immediately and return to planting flowers and sunning on the beach.

He seems to be an intelligent man, so I would expect him to put family first. With the Obama Secret Police on his case, I am sure he decided, correctly, that since the people in this country want to live in a dictatorship where the ruling party decides the color of your socks, and how much you can spend on everything, that the country was not worth the risk to his family.

Those of us who value freedom should apologize to Mr. Martinez, and the other Secret Police sympathizers should hang their heads in shame.

Posted by: Incredulous52 | August 7, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Yet another GOP, "country First" bit of hypocracy. Quitting mid- stream is not putting country first. Nothing new about this side of the GOP. What is new, and truly disgusting, are the TEA-BAGGERS and BIRTHERS, the GOP's true BASE. They make the "THREE STOOGES" look more intellegent than them! From what I have seen and heard from them is truly detatched fron reality. Where have these citizens been for the last 20 years; in a coma? They are like rats on a sinking ship looking for a dry spot; neve mind the ship is sinking! It is because of them, with their lock- step support for the failed policies of their NEOCON representatives that have brought us to the brink of destruction. Their anger and rage should be directed at the image they see when looking in the mirror! Let us pray!!!

Posted by: SCRIBE3 | August 7, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank God I left the insane and mentally deranged backward, backwoods, backward thinking State where a closeted homosexual like Crist is favored to be elected to the Senate, after destroying all progressive legislation for gays. His own kind. I highly recommend the film "Outrage" which explores the lives of closeted Republicans who make their reputations on repressing and destroying the lives of people like themselves. The State is a cesspool of right wing nut jobs. I have been so happy to be out of that peninsula of penury and hypocrisy for fifteen years!

Posted by: thelastpictureshow | August 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Now would be a great time for the Gov. to demonstrate his commitment to diversity,as did President Obama. He could appoint a female with Hatian's roots. Surely, there must be more than a few females with African heritage living in a state as diverse as Florida who are more than qualified and willing to fill the remainder of Martinez'z term. Why not appoint an African American female. You know, there has never been a Black female on the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet, 99.999% of African Americans males serving with distinction in every sphere of society were born to a Black woman. It is their time, now.

Posted by: turnerwred1234 | August 7, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Is there more power behind the scenes or has the power of being a Senator so decreased people just no longer want the job?

BObby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | August 7, 2009 11:10 AM
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good question... except Palin was a Governor, so her resigning would skew your pivot. I think the deal is behind the scene deals. That is... we know by now most politicos by their nature have many opportunities to make money. I think after the Rostenkowski conviction, Justice decided to take another tack. They never wanted Rostenkowski to go to prison, but the public demanded it. And then came Delay. Tom Delay was taking as much as he could as fast as he could and then he up and resigned. Same with Gingrich and a dozen others. The deal is if you get out of the glad handing thievery we will not prosecute. Ted Stevens is another example. They had sooooo much on him, yet prosecuted on a minor thing. I mean his son was appointed Special Olympics consultant for $900K just after Steven's made the appropriation. He was getting money from the off-shore fishing industry, Asian Energy traders, you name it. Anyway, my point is even the Bush DOJ could not just let it pass.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 7, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

2 Democrats got sweat mortgages that you and I can't get. Another one was busted for putting cash in the freezer, the Gov of Il was impeached and is going to prison. The other Il Senator paid to get his seat (Democrats wont even hang out with him). At least the Republicans leave office on their own.

Posted by: spnk703 | August 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra writes:
"You didn't say why he quit.

What horrible reporting."
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He should at least report the official reason given for his resignation - or that there was no official reason given.

Posted by: iamweaver | August 7, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Question: "Would You stay on a 'SINKING SHIP?". The USS GOP, is Sinking Fast.

Posted by: austininc4 | August 7, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

31 republicans voted against Sotomayor, a well qualified jurist who happens to be Hispanic. Think about it, being the only Hispanic among 40 republican Senators and hearing all the bs spewed by your colleagues against one of the best qualified fellow Hispanic would cause you to leave that group asap. That's what he did. As on republican Senator said,he has no "splaining" to do, his action beats all that. It's better to be alone than in bad company.

Posted by: info22 | August 7, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Um, Senator is like the easiest, cushiest job in the world. You must have really screwed up to quit early.

Posted by: ccs4756 | August 7, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ole Mel is pulling a Palin.....going gets tough, they get going......

Posted by: jckdoors | August 7, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Here we go another Politican that we have to pay for the rest of his life, I knew he wouldn't finish his term, same as Christ, there are in it for the bucks, both have taken lessons from Jeb, the people of Florida have no brains when it comes to elections, tell them they can save 25 cents and they will vote for you, yet they have millions tucked away.

Posted by: truthbeknown1 | August 7, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Is 'bailing' a new GOP wrinkle? Whatever happened to "public trust," and commitment to those who EXPECT elected officials to serve terms for which they're elected?

CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE, REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: drjillshackford1 | August 7, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Senator has grown a conscience and can no longer tolerate what the GOP has become. If so, then he'd garner more respect if he'd stay and help them turn their boat around.

Or perhaps the poor dear is exhausted. A nice hike along the Appalachian Trail might refresh him.

Posted by: eed017 | August 7, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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You didn't say why he quit.

What horrible reporting.


--faye kane, homeless brain.
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | August 7, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

So why is Mel Martinez resigning his senate seat so abruptly with about a year to go??? Does anyone know or have a good idea, beyond supposition?

I've seen a few ideas posted on here. Can't say any of them would surprise me if true.

This is getting so cliche for Republicans.

Posted by: gce1356 | August 7, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I find it very interesting that Sen. Martinez would decide to resign just a day after the majority of his Republican colleagues in the Senate voted against the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

After all, Martinez -- who, like Sotomayor, is Hispanic -- was one of only nine GOP senators to vote yes. I guess he couldn't live with being associated with a party that no longer gives a damn whether they gain the support of Hispanic voters or not.

Posted by: SkeeterVT1 | August 7, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

AlBondigas and mmarabians:

As Mr. Cillizza observed in his Friday chat, the current and former Governors do not get along very well in the first place -- Jeb declined to run for the sure-thing Senate seat last time around -- it's highly unlikely to be Jeb.

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin Are you the Cozzoli's franchisor in FL?

No I am not I am a NYer but my folks live in FLA. As a NYer who witnessed 9/11 it sticks a craw in me that a bunch of terrorists who blew up a plane in 1976 killing the entire Cuban fencing team evade justice.

If you are in FL at all, you could address this question: If FL voters would resent a seatwarmer, what does Crist have to lose appointing himself?

Crist could appoint himself but it would look Murkowski R-AK like as well as make the politics of the state of FLA even more bizarre.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | August 7, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB

I will second that!

Posted by: mmarabians | August 7, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8:

Perhaps you ignored the video clip I linked to, or the ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER charge filed?

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't know anything about Sen. Martinez, but it's never a good day when we lose some of our cultural diversity in Congress. Crist will probably appoint a generic white male to fill the seat.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | August 7, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD! It's about time Martinez stepped down and let the good people of FL have a break from his RADICAL-RIGHT-WING censorship and mis-guided, antiquated views on everything from religion to healthcare to taxes. He and SARAH PALIN will probably "team-up" in some new ULTRA-RIGHT-WING PARTY, with their plot to take over the US with some new "OLD" theory that Americans are like sheep and will follow their out-dated, instilled preaching's of "Family and Values" over the cliff. Don't get me wrong, Family is GOOD, and Values are good, if you have your OWN! Just don't shove YOURS DOWN MY THROAT!!!
CRIST is just as bad, people vote for the better looking candidate, not the better qualified sometimes. CRIST is a hypocrite, who just wants the power, NOT the privilege to command his office.
Come-on-people, it's 2009, NOT 1950, American Ideals have changed. We can't turn the clocks back 50+ years to suit their "dusty" beliefs. It's time for the CHANGE AMERICA VOTED FOR LAST YEAR! Get with the new way of thinking, it might just LEAD AMERICA to a better place, where ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL under the law, not just a righteous few. BE WARY of REPUBLICANS STEPPING DOWN, they don't go away, they just SHIFT-THEIR-SHAPE.

Posted by: Mrete | August 7, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Why no condemnation of the "left-wing hysteria"? As for the claim about Code Pinksters "were never violent, nor were they anythng like these. bullying, vicious and rude crowds"

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No, all the Code Pinkers did was stand up and sit down. They didn't yell and scream, they didn't get into shoving matches. They were clever, while your teabaggers are screaming in rage and getting physicall violent.

It may give some catharsis to you badly wounded sore losers, but to the rest of the country it's just another nail in the coffin of the GOP.

I love your simperingly reverent use of titles. "Gov." Palin. "Dr." Rice. They're still wh0res.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse


I wonder, has enough time passed to erase the memory of Gov Bob Martinez' reign as Gov of Florida when Florida was awash, down to the littlest burb level, with runaway drug corruption?

Mel Martinez' "self-removal" suggests to me two possible agendas: 1) Mel showed some character during many of the slick extra-constitutional manuevers of the Bush Cartel, one being his quiet reticence to endorse the midnight press to force hospitialized Ashcroft to sign papers to furthur pulperize our constitution, so maybe he simply is tired of being in proximity of the corruption of Florida politics, which still is controlled by the Bush political machine (Remember quiet, well-behaved Crist sitting at attention beside the blue-haired Bush matriarch during election night?) 2) Mel was ordered to step down in order to put a strain on Christ, thereby opening the gate a little for Mark Rubio, who eats from the same trough as arch neocon Jebbie. Maybe a mutual commiseration group-hug by Crist, the election-fixing queen of citris, and others thrown beneath the bus is in order.

Whatever the case, his resignation may be attributed to many causes and subjected to many adjectives, one primary one being 'timely'--though by just whose clock remains, because of tight-lipped exit memos, beyond our ken.

Posted by: yellow_crane | August 7, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The dumbest person in the Senate next to Barbara Boxer. Actually neck-and -neck with Patty Murray and "Tombstone" Burris for the 2nd dumbest spot.

No loss to the country if that boob quits early.

Now, Cali people....what is it with you folks and Boxer??

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | August 7, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Understand this people we are living in a time unlike any before. The American people have allowed themselves to be convinced every lie told them is the truth. Nearly every politician now in Washington serves darkness. The party is not the issue. There is a mass plot to wipe out at least 4 million people from off the face of the earth. You won't get that in your nightly news. Beware and be prepared the war has begun. Believe me or don't as most of those serving are not totally human aliens are not a fabrication they are a reality. Yet they cram disinformation down your throats and you ignorantly swallow it. I know of what I speak. Satan is real but Praise Elohim for Jesus. I hope and pray you know Him. People such as myself have tried and tried to warn all who will listen we are the lunatics, but not for long. The whole world has been brainwashed and mind controlled. Even God's own people underestimate the devil. Jesus Himself told me that. If the American people knew the dark secrets behind those claiming to serve us this alone would hopefully send you to your knees. I am telling you in short these people worship and serve Satan. Not only that many of them are inbred with reptilian races. Open your eyes because soon the truth will make itself known. It is not coming it is here and your media is controlled by these monsters. I met Jesus at nine and a half years of age because I had felt a fear hovering around me at times that nearly suffocated me. I was born into this Illuminati bloodline and I have suffered at the hands of their evil. It has been Jesus who has put all the missing pieces together we will cry out for mercy and stop aborting 50 million unborn babies each year and repent of the perversness of homosexuality and I will do my own thing state of mind or face judgment. Jesus went to the cross as the Lamb of God but believe me He will not return as such. I saw in a dream He will come from Heaven as the Lion of Judah. All these plans of the hidden wealthy elite will be brought to nought. Satan has decieved the whole world and believe me I know more about him than I can bear. Go to Jesus don't worry about what some of the preachers of this day have to say seek Him not them. Joel Olsteen, TD Jakes, Rick Warren, and many others have turned from the truth and led many astray. Oprah is a major player and it is my desire they all repent before they stand before Elohim. I believe we could save our world if we only would.

Posted by: Arisepeople | August 7, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

TO: morecowbell who wrote:

“This whole resignation business looks like Martinez is:
a. critically ill, or
b. gay and about to be "outed", or
c. was caught having an affair, or
d. all of the above.”
___________________________

You know you’re right! Tee hee!


Posted by: lindalovejones | August 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

TO: morecowbell who wrote:

“This whole resignation business looks like Martinez is:
a. critically ill, or
b. gay and about to be "outed", or
c. was caught having an affair, or
d. all of the above.”
___________________________

You know you’re right! Tee hee!


Posted by: lindalovejones | August 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a great opportunity for the Republican "Wing Nuts". The Govenor should appoint the three stooges, "Limbaugh, Hannity ,O'Reilley" to the Senate seat.

Thus all can implement their plans they dream up and talk about each day. Hey guys, Al Franken decided to just quit talking and get involved in the system-how about you three idiots.

Florida deserves to be represented by thses fools.

Posted by: COWENS99 | August 7, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You know the saying folks...when the going gets tough, the republicans quit.

Posted by: kubrickstan | August 7, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This whole resignation business looks like Martinez is:

a. critically ill, or
b. is gay and about to be "outed", or
c. was caught having an affair, or
d. all of the above

Posted by: morecowbell | August 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

We'll see if Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie start the snowball running this November with wins in Virginia and New Jersey, respectively.

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I leave the swamp to you and your fellow cultists, bernie. nothing you can say about limbaugh is as low as the creep himself. Meanwhile your fellow cultists are going off the deep end.

"During the course of the last week, you may have wondered why anti-health care reform activists are so riled up--what buttons are being pushed by the people encouraging the town hall disruptions.

Well, here's video footage of a Patients First bus tour event in Pueblo, CO, that shines some light on that.

Patients First is a project of Americans for Prosperity--one of the key conservative interests groups helping to organize the town hall protests we've been covering. The speaker repeats the debunked conservative canard that Democratic health care reform will mandate physician assisted suicide. "Adolf Hitler issued six million end of life orders--he called his program the final solution. I kind of wonder what we're going to call ours."

And after comparing Democratic health care reform efforts to the murderous regimes of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, the speaker advises his audience to "go to offices of members of Congress and put the fear of god in them."

These morons are so g*ddamned stupid they beleive this sh*t. They can be bamboozled into thinking something that would help them is a vast conspiracy to kill them.

What a shame America is burdened with a population with such a large population of dysfunctional mental incompetents.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Now, Palin has a running mate.

Posted by: SKVAM1 | August 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Why no condemnation of the "left-wing hysteria"? As for the claim about Code Pinksters "were never violent, nor were they anythng like these. bullying, vicious and rude crowds", what about that wacko who rushed Dr. Rice with what appeared to be blood on her hands? For the record, Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer.

This also looked pretty violent to me:

http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/iba/2008/player/?f=0131_codepink

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Dear AlBondigas


GAG GAG GAG GAG GAG GAG GAG GAG

Posted by: ernlewisetc | August 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

drindl...Yes you have been posting too long in public since you graduated from bathroom walls. Your accusatory post as to molesting children goes too far,but I wont flag you. Crawl back in the swamp you came from.

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This great news! He is just a RINO that needed to go...God Bless Florida and the Nation!

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yeah and appointing another free market bigot caveman will do the GOP and the nation SO much good

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 7, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm talking about firing the hacks. The rightwing hacks the Post is overrun with.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a good commentary on the rightwing hysteria sweeping the country now – and how dangerous it is for democracy. Violence will result. People will die. And it will all be the fault of the disgusting republican 'leadership', the rightwing media, and their mindless cult followers:

"We had a number of emails last night discussing how much of what we're hearing from the right now should be considered incitement. There are numerous instances of anti-reform advocates explicitly comparing President Obama's health care plan to the Holocaust, for instance -- jumping from the hideous and outrageous claim that reform means euthanasia and going from there. We get desensitized to this stuff. But it's worth taking a moment to give that a long think -- comparing the president's reform plan to the Holocaust.

Most significant here is not the right-wing liars and demagogues making this stuff up but the fact that they've convinced a significant number of their followers that this stuff is true. That's a very dangerous situation.

We should also keep in mind that the birther-mania, as comical as it is on one level, is all part of the same fabric with the Hitler and Holocaust comparisons, an aggressive process of denigration and dehumanization, dressed up around claims about paperwork and places of birth, but all escalating and churning the belief of a minority of Americans that President Obama is not a legitimate president but rather a usurper.

It's always important for us to remember what the last eight years have again taught us, which is that America has a very strong civic fabric, one that can withstand, absorb and conquer all manner of ugly behavior. It can take in stride a lot of angry rhetoric, townhall fisticuffs and more.

But as this escalates we should continually be stepping back and thinking retrospectively from the vantage point of the future about where this all seems to be heading."

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/08/widening_gyre.php#more?ref=fpblg

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

drindl That would leave the Post with only hacks. They could always hire someone from the Administration to pander for them sort of changing places.

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

I guess there was no reason to wonder.

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

He should pick Bob Martinez. That way they wouldn't have to change the name on the office door.

Posted by: cfeher | August 7, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse


"Retiring" is not quitting.

"Resigning" is quitting. See Palin, Sarah.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | August 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Definitely no loss, as he most certainly been less than competent in his senate role. Crist will most likely appoint one of his toadies to mark time until he can run. In the long run, it won't matter -- just another weak sister pretending to be a legislator. Florida politics is awash in fraud.

Posted by: Diogenes | August 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Code Pink were never violent, nor were they anythng like these. bullying, vicious and rude crowds.

They were protesting the unnecessary death of american young people, these deadbeats are protesting against -- god only knows. Some crap that does not even exist--as usual, doing the bidding of their loony cultmasters.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

This can only mean 1 thing: Palin/Martinez in 2012!

Posted by: bpai_99 | August 7, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Who knows why he’s quitting early and really who cares…..both sides of the isle are in an “eat their own” mode these days.

Too many elected officials just want to fight and see the other side fail when in actuality it is the American people they are failing, it is Main Street that’s uninsured and unemployed and it’s Main Street that will remember who worked towards getting this economy rolling and people back to work and who didn’t.

No better time than now for a viable third party – this county needs another voice – one of reason and common sense that will come together and find solutions to the problems we face.

To Tupac_goldstein: it’s R.J. Larizza (State Attorney 7th Judicial Circuit) and why would Martinez want to move to North Florida?

Posted by: Fla-Ind | August 7, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure Rush is eligible to serve in the Senate. I doubt that the rock he crawled out from under issued him a legal "birth " certificate.

Posted by: jmsbh | August 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

You have posted here more than I have, for much longer ; )

I am wondering if you were as vocal in opposition to Code Pink disruptions through.

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

it's good that he's resigning. the nation needs a two party system though, green and democrat.

Posted by: cattheanimal | August 7, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Rush should definitely run. Maybe the lazy press could finally publicize some of his millions of misdeeds.

His V*agra s*x tourisms trips to Thailand, for instance, where they specialize in the pr*stitution of small children.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

wordmaven....Great idea but to me Crist is an empty headed lunitic already. The only thing atractive about him is his distinguished look but look out when he opens his mouth. Rubio without Crists clout is ten times smarter, which is not saying much. I say we walk in the voting booth close our eyes and pencil in the wall, but thats just me. Not seeing anyone great.

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"drindl... Is that the best you can do? You run this paper. Did'nt they give you better talking points today?"

I run the Washington Post? If only I had known! Let's get down to business. Fire the sneering Krauthammer first. Next, Fred Hiatt -- off with his head!

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

wordmaven:

I like your thinking, but you are missing the fact that Sen. Rubio could simply skip any "hard" votes (although that has an obvious downside for Rubio if Crist can effectively point out "Why vote for this guy in Nov. if he can't even do the job now?"). Keep up the good work.

SC_observer:

Perhaps you missed the memo. Rush Limbaugh resigned as Titular Head of the GOP and nominated Colin Powell.

Posted by: JakeD | August 7, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

corerction - sorry Bill White - I guess I had mark on my mind

Posted by: bobbywc | August 7, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

SC Observor has a great idea! Let's see how Rush does in the Senate. Take him out of his studio bunker and place in the light of day, where we can all get a load of his hateful buffoonery.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 7, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

good i remember the slimy and slanderous rovish campaign he ran .hope they are investigating him for somthing.i dont believe hesponsored any bills co sponsored yes.but no bills of his own.

Posted by: donaldtucker | August 7, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

And which healthcare-banking lobby will he go to work for?

Posted by: KBlit | August 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As a Floridian I'm flabbergasted by this.

He never explained why he was not running again and I have no idea why he resigned.

Crist is in a strange position, he has to appoint someone that knows the issues, or it will look like he doesn't have Floridans at the top of his best interest list.

And if he believes electing him later will take care of all the things before the congress now he is misjudging the voters in Florida. 2010 is a long way from now, with a lot to come before the Senate, Crist is not all that popular with the movers and shakers in his own party.

Everything a person that he appoints does or doesn't do will be directly attributed to him, with both sides picking him apart on his choice.

I have to admit I know not one person that will do other then Bob Graham former Gov and Senator. And he would have no interest in staying.

I have to go now and change my registration to Republican so I can vote in the Primary.

Posted by: ORNOT | August 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin, you sort of raised the question I was sort of thinking of - does it serve the people of FL well to have a seatwarmer - does not FL have immediate needs and a need for a US Senator who is going to be fighting tooth and nail for Fl instead of someone just warming the seat.

Mark - on our Senate race - I have been getting a lot of mailings from mark White - I just got one from Bentsen's wife endorsing White - but then I have received e-mails from Sharp accusing White of being too liberal - for me at least on paper White is the better candidate - do you think Sharp claiming White favors more gun control will decide the election?

Bobby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | August 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Democrats attack Mel Martinez at their own risk.

Big mouth liberals talking poorly about Mel quitting are at risk of a Hispanic backlash.

Posted by: jdcw | August 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Reason5...OMG After reading your post I am inclined to believe Mel should be named the next pope. Did you ever notice when a politician really stinks the oposition party chanpions him or her. Beware of creeps in wonks clothing.

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Here's a crazy, counter-intuitive idea: Crist could appoint Rubio to the seat.

Yes, the guy he's running against in the GOP primary for that very seat. Bear with me.

Pro's:
- Forces Rubio to take time off the campaign trail to fulfill his duties in Washington.
- Forces Rubio to take real stands--cast actual votes--on potentially tough, controversial issues (e.g., health care, energy, taxes, Afghanistan, possibly another SCOTUS nominee next year)--in other words, "put up or shut up"
- Completely and utterly de-fangs Crist's critics on the right flank
- Makes Crist look uber-statesmanlike

Con's:
- Gives Rubio the advantage of incumbency
- Increases Rubio's "legitimacy"
- Provides Rubio with opportunities for expanded fundraising (lobbyists and PACs will give more to a sitting Senator than to a mere candidate)
- Could make Crist look like a complete lunatic

Like I said, I know it's crazy. But it sure would be GREAT for political junkies, wouldn't it?

Posted by: wordmaven | August 7, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

bobbywc Is this a rhetorical question or are you serious? If your serious some Senators and Reps make a pledge to only serve one or a few terms to please their constituents. Remember when that used to be the main reason for serving? Of course not it was sooooo long ago...

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think its sad how republicans and democrats feel the need to mess with each other and 'score points' every time something happens politically. I personally think the radical elements of both parties are a bit wacky which is too bad since I think the moderate elements of both parties make alot of sense.

Posted by: fjt123 | August 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Rush Limbaugh makes his home in Palm Beach. As the defacto leader of the party, he should be nominated to fill this seat. Rushbo - put up or shut up!

Posted by: SC_observer | August 7, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame Mel for resigning. After serving his term of 4 years when Republicans were on offense, I'm sure it's no fun being on defense in the US Senate. I'm certain he can make way more money doing something a bit more fun if he retires from the US Senate. At his age, his years are limited...let's face it. It will give him more fun time with his family. I would say Martinez made a personal decision without regards to politics.

On the political front, the winner here will be Gov. Charlie Crist. I think Crist should appoint himself to the Senate seat. Then he can run as an incumbent. Appointing himself to the US Senate can get him away from the budget problems of the state of Florida. If he's running for president in 2012, it could be a big opportunity for Crist. However, it does put Crist in a tougher situation, though. If he appoints himself, Democrats can run against him in 2010 as running away from Florida's problems. Appointing former Gov. Bob Martinez would seem to be a good political move for Crist: he won't run for re-election and would endorse Crist and allow him to finish the term as governor he was elected to.

Posted by: reason5 | August 7, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"Not running for re-election is "retirement." Quitting in the middle of your term is "resignation." Yes, this is yet another Republican resignation."


If we're getting pedantic, who were the other resignations? I'm only aware of retirements.

.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 7, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Since this was announced on a Friday in August I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Is Martinez being investigated for anything?

What was his explanation for deciding so early to not run again? Resigning just 3 1/2 years into the term of such an important office really looks amateurish.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

MerrillFrank, Are you the Cozzoli's franchisor in FL?

If you are in FL at all, you could address this question: If FL voters would resent a seatwarmer, what does Crist have to lose appointing himself?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 7, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is great news we see who the progressive republicans are those who voted for sotomayor anyone who votes as a progressive should be thrown out or resign that also includes Snow, Ducaucuss, Gregg, voinivich,and the other 5 your all freaking history

Posted by: LibertyDontTread | August 7, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now he can drink Cuba Libres with the Cuban terrorists Poseda and Bosch.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | August 7, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

drindl... Is that the best you can do? You run this paper. Did'nt they give you better talking points today?

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

If he is getting out because of disgust over the GOP it would make sense that he waited to cast an honorable vote for Sotomayor's nomination before leaving town.

Posted by: Cossackathon | August 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

It;s amazing how much power and influence the loudmouth extremist right has over the Republican Party. This is clearly because Martinez voted for Sotomayor...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 7, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I must have made a left turn. Is this the Daily Kos or did someone leave the cages open? Just Sayin!

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Bernie, isn't it time for your meds?

Maybe you could take your teabags and go outside and play with them.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I believe Sarah Palin thought William Jefferson was storing fish in his freezer. Well look what he was storing. Bribe Money? Dont throw stones if your knee deep in Spit. I am seeing an over abundence of Left wingnuts on board today. Should I assume the message got out to the thugs or do you come out in the daylight now? Something is fishy here and in the Whitehouse.

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Not running for re-election is "retirement." Quitting in the middle of your term is "resignation." Yes, this is yet another Republican resignation.

Props to Martinez, though, for voting his conscience on more than one occasion.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | August 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's the hordes of violent teabaggers carrying swastika signs and taking over town hall meetings. Maybe Martinez is tired of belong to a party that is turning brownshirt very quickly.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Senator Martinez was not really a true senator. He got the go from Bush for the Cuban votes. Both failed miserably. Only in Florida do we see these shenanigans.

Posted by: truth1 | August 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mel Martinez just couldn't stomach the idea of caucusing with 31 misogynist bigots for another 17 months.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | August 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that Sen. Martinez is stepping down for the same reason so many other Republicans have stepped down. The GOP is firmly in the grip of angry, fearful (and sometimes delusional) extremists who are driving away moderate Republicans and independents in droves. There is no possibility the Republican Party can regain any true measure of power at the national level as long as the crazies are running things.

We Democrats went through the same gut-wrenching process with our left-wing crazies and paid the price for it. We were out of power for 20 years. It's not fun and it's not pretty, and it's not good for the country to be a de facto one-party system because the other party simply is too far out in the weeds to muster any kind of rational opposition. The mob scenes we see at the town halls aren't all that different from what left-wing extremists staged back in their heyday either. It's simply a tactic to disrupt and deny any point of view other than the mob's own.

How long it takes the Republicans to recover from their Southern Strategy and marriage to fundamentalist Christians and neo-John Birchers is anyone's guess. But this Democrat will be glad to see some balance again. Any party that has too much power tends to get stupid sooner or later. It was our turn in the 70s, it's the Republicans' turn now. It's that same old "rough beast...slouching toward Bethlehem" and it plagues us all from time to time.

I'm sorry to see Sen. Martinez leave, as I was sorry to see Chuck Hagel and other good senators leave because there's simply no place for them in the party of birthers, truthers, pseudo-birchers and so-called patriots who will allow no voice but their own to be heard.

Posted by: windrider2 | August 7, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Political Fix is In. If he had any ethics,at all--Governor Christ would not appoint a "temporary Senator". Why, because he is running for this very seat in 2010.

This is a worst case of "Conflict of Interest". 99.9% of the time a Governor will appoint a candidate so they can get name recognition and take obvious advantage of "incumbency."

Florida does not want another caretaker Senator. Senator Martinez was very unpopular in Florida as he voted NO on all major Conservative issues. Why not appoint Mark Rubio as he is running for the Senator job, has the necessary credentials. He won't because Rubio is a Conservative. That is the problem.

Instead, former Gov. Martinez will probably be appointed as "caretaker". Why, so that he, Senator Lindsay Graham and Senator Chuck Schumer can ram President Obama's next hurry up legislation BILL ----Illegal Amnesty ---down Florida residents' throats this Fall. (Read Dream Act) . The Fix is in--Thanks Governor Christ for making your choice-Let me be clear--this is all about You.

Posted by: passonfirstdown | August 7, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"ANOTHER Republican resignation?"


Its not really another resignation; Martinez already said he wasn't running for reelection; he's now merely moved the date up a bit.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 7, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Props to lord_dorpaldonger -- when I read this piece, my immediate thought was, "Wait, Bob Martinez of "____ Martinez' fame?" Wow, I never realized just how (alas) hard-to-forget that tune's profane lyrics were.

Seriously though, to attempt to add something substantive to this discussion, I believe Martinez was also "Drug Czar" (ie, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy") in Pres. G.H.W. Bush's administration.

Posted by: dwanebivens | August 7, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I see the OCD crowd is in good form with their Palin bashing. How about bashing (oh lets see)The President since he realy is the most obnoxious Prima Donna thats come down the pike in a long time. Dont you feel foolish yet? Does he have to completely implode?

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This so simple...

Martinez -- who is really a good guy -- woke up this morning and said to himself, "I have absolutely no clue what the Republican Party is anymore..."

- Is it the birthers?
- Is it the hoardes of pimped-out old people who are scripted into screaming at town meetings, "..DON'T LET THE BIG GOVERNMENT MESS AROUND WITH MY BIG GOVERNMENT MEDICARE PROGRAM BECAUSE BIG GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY MY GUNS AND OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!!!?"
- Is it the tea-baggers?
- Is it 31 of my colleagues who voted against an enormously qualified first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court?
- Is it Moron Michael Steele?
- Is it O'Reiley?
- Is it Hannity?
- Is it Beck?
- Is it Gingrich?
- Is it that tan guy in the House?

If I were a Republican member of Congress and I still had career options to do something else -- I would probably punch out, too.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | August 7, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

ANOTHER Republican resignation?

All right, who did he get caught sleeping with?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 7, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Chris,you wrote:
"The Martinez news, which was first reported by CNN, throws a fascinating wrinkle into the open seat race to replace Martinez."

Really, it is that fascinating? Every time you appear on MSNBC, you prove yourself to be a Republican stooge. Within your mild mannered delivery hides a staunch Republican bias. Journalists like you turn my stomach. At least we know O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, etc. The fact is that guys like you are the real quisling to journlism.

Posted by: as257 | August 7, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I figure Mel had a lot of flack lately and possibly all year. I know that my mob and me emailed the RNC and claimed they would not receive a penny from us if they supported Martinez and Crist for any office. But of course we did the same when McCain was chosen by the NYT. So ggod luck Florida looks like the weasels will make out pretty good, as weasels are in season.WTF....
C

Posted by: bernard3 | August 7, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may be looking for work. Do they have any Moose or hockey rinks in Florida?

Posted by: dnygard | August 7, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the new political tactic. Get elected and then before completing you current term resign so that someone more with less negatives can be appointed and given an edge in retaining the seat. It's call "takin' a Palin". When you're a loser, and you know you're a loser you bail out. Remember "winners never quit and quitters never win".

Posted by: mcordray | August 7, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

No problem.

All Crist needs to do is find a cerebral, accomplished honest Conservative who can raise the intellectual level of the debate. I nominate...uh well...hmm...no, not him...let's see...no, he's sleeping with his cousin...how about...no, he's a closet gay posing as an evangelical...what about...no, he's on the take...maybe...

Hmm...This is a problem.

Posted by: dfc102 | August 7, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"spend more time with my family" the GOP way of saying I got caught with a guy and some meth.

Posted by: silverspring25 | August 7, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Repugs gettng really thuggish at town halls...

(CNN) -- A health care town hall meeting in Florida on Thursday dissolved into bouts of heckling and violent pushing and shoving among attendees.

The meeting in Tampa, which featured Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Florida State Representative Betty Reed, was another example of the tense battle lines that have been created in the passionate health care debate.

Hundreds showed for the meeting at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, some carrying signs railing against President Obama's proposed health care reforms. Hundreds more were not able to get into the meeting room.

As Castor first began to speak, scuffles broke out as people tried to get into the meeting room. Parts of the congresswoman's speech was drowned out by chants of "read the bill, read the bill" and "tyranny," video of the meeting showed."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/07/health.care.scuffles/index.html

Look at the photo -- the ugly face of a hate cult.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Seems to be a pattern with Republicans. Quit before the ethics investigation really gets underway.

Maybe we could have a Palin / Martinez ticket in 2012.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | August 7, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm a native Floridian and remember Bob Martinez as governor. It was members of his own party that came fairly close to getting enough signatures for a recall vote after he pushed for a service tax on things like hair salons, auto repair shops, and his big blunder, real estate agents.

Oh, and to the first post, it won't be Jeb. He doesn't want it (he wants his brother's old job) and Charlie wouldn't take the chance of Jeb running for a full term.

Posted by: michmurch | August 7, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Even Mel looks at the GOP faithful now and throws up in his mouth a bit. Seems to me he had too much honesty and intelligence to continue in that party leadership. Good luck to him.

Posted by: steveboyington | August 7, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This great news! He is just a RINO that needed to go...God Bless Florida and the Nation!

Posted by: FloridaCitizen | August 7, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust...the Repuke Committee is getting smaller and smaller by the day...

Posted by: Beingsensible | August 7, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"So now the Republicans have 39 Senators. I'd love to see Charlie Crist appoint a Democrat - just for spite."


Subtext: Crist's task is not so easy as it might appear. He needs a benchwarmer, but also someone who won't alienate voters and turn them off to Crist next year. He has to first avoid alienating the GOP base (for instance, he claims he would have voted 'no' on Sotomayor). But he also has to avoid alienating the moderates that he'll need to win the general election. Voters may very well view his appointee as a proxy for him - which exposes him in both the primary if the appontee isn't conservative enough and in the general if the appointee is too conservative. I think this race just got closer.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 7, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

You are losing it! Obama is not in a slump with the polls. We are just sitting here on the sidelines waiting until he needs us. So far, he has asked us to do anything but when he does we will flood the streets. The polls are all wrong. They miss the young, blacks, latinos, and single white woman all the time in their counting. Take your time big guy and get back out here with the people.

Posted by: TiGibbs | August 7, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Martinez' agenda has two action items:

Pursue the lovely Sonya Sotomayor


Accept Executive Director slot with La Raza

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | August 7, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, Minnesota governor Wendell Anderson tried the "appoint myself as Senator and then run as an incumbent" trick a few years ago. It ended his political career. Governor Crist would be far better served by appointing the caretaker, rather than appearing to try to steal the seat. However, the timing suggests that this indeed may be a plan by the GOP party to hold onto the seat by manufacturing a new "incumbent" for the next election. At least it is an old fashioned political maneuver, nothing particularly dirty.

Posted by: gardoglee | August 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It's already shaping up as an odd political season.. Wonder why Martinez is resigning?

And Carolyn Maloney is about to announce she won't challenge Gillibrand in a NY primary next year (even though polls showed her leading....)

Posted by: RickJ | August 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess the problem for Republicans is, when they're in the minority they just can't shell out the goodies to their "friends" like they used to. No fun.

So they take their ball and go home. Buh-bye!

Posted by: mikeinmidland | August 7, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB JEB

Posted by: AlBondigas | August 7, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Senator resigning?

Posted by: SarahBB | August 7, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

So now the Republicans have 39 Senators. I'd love to see Charlie Crist appoint a Democrat - just for spite.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | August 7, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

It's Republicans that are quitting. Maybe they just can't stomach the cult that their party has turned into.

Posted by: drindl | August 7, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I do not know the answer to my question but here it is, does it not seem that more and more Senators are serving shorter and shorter terms by choice. Yes there are a handful of Senators who have been there since the beginning of time - but why are so many moving on?

Is there more power behind the scenes or has the power of being a Senator so decreased people just no longer want the job?

BObby WC

Posted by: bobbywc | August 7, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow, last time I heard Bob Martinez's name, it was being abused in a 2 Live Crew lyric.

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | August 7, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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