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Republican Senator Martinez to resign: party aides
Reuters ^ | Aug. 7, 2009 | Thomas Ferraro

Posted on 08/07/2009 1:07:01 PM PDT by La Enchiladita

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Mel Martinez, a native Cuban and a former chairman of the Republican Party, stunned supporters on Friday by informing them that he plans to resign from Congress, party aides said.

Martinez, 62, who earlier said he would not run for a second Senate term next year, scheduled a news conference in Orlando, Florida, at 3 p.m. EDT to make an announcement.

In a letter to "friends," a copy of which was obtained by Reuters from a supporter of the senator, Martinez said he planned to step down after a replacement is named.

"My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country and at this stage in my life, and after nearly 12 years of public service in Florida and Washington, it's time I return to Florida and my family," Martinez wrote.

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KEYWORDS: charliecrist; crist; fl2010; katherineharris; martinez; melmartinez
What. is. going. on. ???
1 posted on 08/07/2009 1:07:01 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Well, he’s a big ole RINO. Anything is possible.


2 posted on 08/07/2009 1:10:22 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: La Enchiladita

Probably Charlie Crist wants to appoint himself to the seat to ensure it remains in RINO hands and he has the power of incumbency heading into 2010.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 1:10:50 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: La Enchiladita

Another RINO bites the dust!


4 posted on 08/07/2009 1:11:39 PM PDT by A. Morgan (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. Lawrence)
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To: A. Morgan

Don’t let the border fence hit you on the way out...oh wait there IS NO border fence. good riddance


5 posted on 08/07/2009 1:12:40 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Vigilanteman

Appoint Marco Rubio!!!

If he doesn’t appoint himself, he will just have one more primary challenger in ‘10 (unless he appoints a “caretaker.”)


6 posted on 08/07/2009 1:14:27 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Angry Mobster)
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To: Vigilanteman

Can Charlie appoint himself while he is yet Governor?


7 posted on 08/07/2009 1:16:40 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Scott Speicher, American Hero, Rest in Peace)
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To: La Enchiladita

What are the laws in Fla. when a Senator resigns? Is the the position just replaced by an appointment of the Govenor until the next election (2010) or is there a specific time period a special election has to be held?


8 posted on 08/07/2009 1:23:31 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: La Enchiladita

yes, but he won’t. not with a vote on immigration coming up this fall. if crist voted for illegal amnesty, he’d lose the primary. if crist voted against amnesty, he’d lose the general. nobody wants to be on the record for that vote. my money says jeb gets appointed, votes in favor of amnesty, then doesn’t run for re-election.


9 posted on 08/07/2009 1:27:16 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
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To: A. Morgan

Please, if there’s a God, let it be Collins & Snowe next!!


10 posted on 08/07/2009 1:32:51 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Probably got caught {fill in the blank here}
11 posted on 08/07/2009 1:32:56 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Red_Devil 232

I read that Charlie already said he will not appoint himself. Whoever he appoints will be a place-holder until the usual election time next year. Hmmm, who could it be? Is Jeb out of politics for good?


12 posted on 08/07/2009 1:33:16 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Scott Speicher, American Hero, Rest in Peace)
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To: ameribbean expat
I doubt that if Jeb got appointed, it would be a caretaker type deal. He would want to run again.
13 posted on 08/07/2009 1:34:47 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: Vigilanteman

Crist has said he won’t appoint himself.


14 posted on 08/07/2009 1:34:55 PM PDT by Ikemeister
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To: La Enchiladita

I doubt that Charlie would trust Jeb to merely be a place holder...I know who he can pick...Roland Burris...just have him move to Florida...and excellent place holder, except he’s expressed interest in the job is Senator Smith..he was a senator up in New England and a conservative...but he’s indicated he might run for Martinez’ seat. We know it wont be Rubio...
So Charlie? whatcha going to do?


15 posted on 08/07/2009 1:36:13 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: MrLee

The problem with that is they would be replaced by hard left Kucinich type moonbats.


16 posted on 08/07/2009 1:36:27 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Someone mentioned Katherine Harris on another thread, but the FL Republican power structure basically killed her political career, no?


17 posted on 08/07/2009 1:40:35 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Scott Speicher, American Hero, Rest in Peace)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thank You Karl Rove. Telling Katharine Harris she wasn’t allowed to run for this seat, at a time when she could have won, seems really smart now. /s

I can’t believe people on the left thought he was some kind of modern Machiavelli at one point.


18 posted on 08/07/2009 1:44:56 PM PDT by redk
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To: Boiling Pots
If he doesn’t appoint himself, he will just have one more primary challenger in ‘10 (unless he appoints a “caretaker.”)

Good point. It seems like this move hurts Crist no matter how responds. He isn't going to appoint Rubio. It would look totally self-serving if he appoints himself (even if legal) or resigns with the deal that his Lt. Governor appoint him to the seat. Unless he appoints a total non-entity, anyone else immediately becomes a third candidate in the Republican primary next year.

Somehow, I wonder if Martinez doesn't like Crist much and did this to put him into an impossible position.

19 posted on 08/07/2009 1:45:00 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
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To: La Enchiladita
Republican Senator Martinez to resign

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! ANOTHER RINO gone and an opportunity for Florida to elect a REAL Conservative!!!

How 'bout it gators . . . . . are you up to the challenge????

20 posted on 08/07/2009 1:49:06 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment
How 'bout it gators . . . . . are you up to the challenge????

I nominate Tim Tebow.

21 posted on 08/07/2009 1:51:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: La Enchiladita
Isn't this the RINO bozo that said the American people had voted twice for Obozo, and that therefore proved his “Eligibility as a NATURAL BORN”?
22 posted on 08/07/2009 1:54:10 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: MrLee

There is ! From your mouth to Gods ears. Amen


23 posted on 08/07/2009 1:56:16 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: La Enchiladita
but the FL Republican power structure basically killed her political career, no?

She ran for US Senate when Karl Rove wanted her to stay in the US House for a few more years. She ran a terrible campaign and lost to Nelson.
24 posted on 08/07/2009 2:01:29 PM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: redk
"""Thank You Karl Rove. Telling Katharine Harris she wasn’t allowed to run for this seat, at a time when she could have won, seems really smart now. /s""""

Bush & Rove picked Martinez to bring out the Miami Hispanic vote out in 2004 and it worked !! Harris ran against Bill Nelson in 2006 and lost !!

Hoping for Rubio in 2010 ...so Crist the climber can be derailed for good !!

25 posted on 08/07/2009 2:53:25 PM PDT by W-Girl
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To: W-Girl
I'm aware that she lost, in 2006 when the wheels had completely come off the wagon.

I also think she would have been a better Senator than Martinez ever was and sadly I don't think Rubio can overcome the nasty RINO machine.

26 posted on 08/07/2009 2:58:24 PM PDT by redk
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To: CaptainMorgantown

How about former Governor Martinez as a caretaker? He wouldn’t run for Senate in 2010.


27 posted on 08/07/2009 3:03:48 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: La Enchiladita

It may be these GOP Officials are trying to cash in in the private sector while there is still enough GOP influence and power left to make that possible. This is not a good sign.


28 posted on 08/07/2009 3:22:15 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: La Enchiladita

He’s a pro-illegal alien RINO. One wonders how he became a Pubby.


29 posted on 08/07/2009 3:37:01 PM PDT by max americana
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To: La Enchiladita
Good. Another career politician bits the dust.

If you think about it, it's career politician with legal corporate bribe money that got us in this mess. Kick them all out and start over again. But this time change the campaign finance law with this.
Only eligible voters can contribute to.....
Along with mandatory prison time and lost of post for violation.

30 posted on 08/07/2009 3:41:01 PM PDT by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: La Enchiladita

My first thought was maybe the FL govna could appoint Lou Holtz. LOL!


31 posted on 08/07/2009 4:18:44 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (There might just be too many metrosexuals in America to allow Sarah Palin to become President)
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To: La Enchiladita

If Crist had balls, he’d appoint George W. Bush...just to watch liberal heads explode all over the country.


32 posted on 08/07/2009 4:41:55 PM PDT by bw17
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To: bw17

Jeb Bush would be a great choice with almost the same amount of head-exploding effect. But relatively RINO-ish, I know ...


33 posted on 08/07/2009 5:10:00 PM PDT by SFConservative
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To: La Enchiladita

I’m actually surprised he didn’t pull a Sp[hin]cter and switch-hit.


34 posted on 08/07/2009 5:19:25 PM PDT by ponygirl (Libs advocate killing in the womb and then lecture me on the moral failures of Capitalism.)
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To: redk

I always wanted to hurl when I saw all those “magnificent bastard” posts here. I would have left out the word, “magnificent.” Rove left the party a beat up carcass whose bones were being chewed by Rino’s.


35 posted on 08/07/2009 7:21:04 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Luke21

Yes he did. Now he is completing his work by constantly talking down conservatives on Fox News.


36 posted on 08/07/2009 7:57:41 PM PDT by redk
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To: La Enchiladita

His main priority is saving his leftist ass. Someone must have something on him.

Glad to see the backstabbing POS is going down.

Time for a real conservative to get the job.


38 posted on 08/07/2009 8:44:33 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: bw17

You win the best suggestion of the year award.

“Don’t beat around the Bush, appoint him”


39 posted on 08/07/2009 8:48:29 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

One of my greatest disappointments as a Florida voter. Thought a guy who had escaped from Castro would be more of a conservative...

We will probably get Crist next....hasnt really done anything terrible, besides be an early McCain supporter. Still he seems like he’s been into the loafer lightener...

John Wayne, where are you?


40 posted on 08/07/2009 8:50:05 PM PDT by SoCalTransplant (Old and Busted: Republican or Democrat? New Hotness: American or World Citizen?)
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To: wilco200

Wasn’t Martinez one of the 8 or 9 Dems in the Repub Party who voted for Dear Leader’s sexist, racist, incompetent extremist Supreme Court nominee?


41 posted on 08/07/2009 8:52:31 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Mainstream Media cheered: Ascension of Castro, Chavez and now Obama.)
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To: dfwgator

Can’t nominate Tebow...he’s Sarah’s running mate!


42 posted on 08/07/2009 8:55:43 PM PDT by Longhair_and_Leather (Don't send a boy to do a man's job, send a woman--Sarah 2012!)
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To: Vigilanteman
Probably Charlie Crist wants to appoint himself to the seat to ensure it remains in RINO hands and he has the power of incumbency heading into 2010.

I had the same thought and I'm sure that is the plan.

43 posted on 08/07/2009 9:51:59 PM PDT by TBP
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To: La Enchiladita
Charlie already said he will not appoint himself.

No, the Lt. Governor will.

44 posted on 08/07/2009 9:53:24 PM PDT by TBP
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To: bw17
...he’d appoint George W. Bush...

That would be sweeet;^)

45 posted on 08/08/2009 11:59:04 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Scott Speicher, American Hero, Rest in Peace)
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To: La Enchiladita

President Bush should not have stopped Katherine Harris’s bid for U.S. Senate in 2003.

Ann Coulter made issue of Bush’s(and Rove’s) ill-fated decision in that year.

He got a RINO!


46 posted on 08/08/2009 1:03:29 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation In All Things)
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To: La Enchiladita
Here is the Republican Senator for Florida we should've had.
47 posted on 08/08/2009 1:08:58 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation In All Things)
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To: All
Representative Katherine Harris greeting Jeb and Dubya at the airport.
48 posted on 08/08/2009 1:16:22 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation In All Things)
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To: Osnome

I remember that suit!
Really not nice of the Bush brothers to forget the big favor Katherine did for them in 2000....


49 posted on 08/10/2009 3:47:55 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Scott Speicher, American Hero, Rest in Peace)
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