December 2nd, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Sen. Martinez won't seek reelection

Martinez will not seek a second term.
Martinez will not seek a second term.

(CNN) - Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, announced Tuesday will not seek reelection in 2010.

In a Florida press conference, Martinez said his decision was not based on the likelihood he would face a tough reelection fight.

"I've faced much tougher obstacles in my life," he said. "My decision is not based on re-election prospects, but on what on what I want to do with the next eight years of my life."

The first term senator and onetime National Republican Committee chairman narrowly won his first Senate race in 2004. Martinez also served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Bush's term.

One congressional source cited Martinez's age, 62, and said "he is ready for the next chapter in his life."

It currently appears 19 GOP seats will be up for grabs in 2010.


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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Tulsa

    Oh darn, too bad. Good riddance.

    December 2, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Scott NYC Independent

    He has realized he is on the wrong side of history, what's good for the country and that he has become out of touch like so many of his party buddies. The America he has fantasized about is not the America that American's want.

    December 2, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Leah from FL

    WOO-HOO!!

    December 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. chuck

    The Republicans are loosing INTEREST. KEEK ALL STATES BLUE.GO DEMS.GO. On January 20,2009 the Republicans will become a BAN ITEM.

    December 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Matt

    and another one bites the dust

    don't let the door hit yo uon your way out republican swine

    December 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. dittohead with forty names

    Bet he has a fat wallet.

    December 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Mary

    Good-Bye

    December 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Linda

    Florida can thank their lucky stars!

    December 2, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. FL for Obama

    The news keeps getting better as the day goes on!!

    December 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. indy 08

    good riddance Castro

    December 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Barbara in NC

    Good – one less hypocrit in Congress.

    December 2, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Jack in Tampa

    Good news.......another neocon on his way out. A fleeting memory.......what has he accomplished anyway?

    December 2, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. rodlang

    This opens it up for Jeb Bush to run for Senate. The Clintons and Bushs never go away.

    December 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. lovable liberal

    I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. At sixty-two, he's not old for a Senator. He could easily be thinking about three more turns. What could be the real reason behind this thin cover story?

    December 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. delighted democrat in jacksonville florida

    happy happy joy joy .... he wouldnt win anyways.. democrats will be taking that seat.. happy happy joy joy

    December 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. LyonsPhilly

    This is interesting. Obama in office and the republicans are leaving their posts....Next.!!!!

    December 2, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. fred

    You guys shouldn't get so anxious about Republicans leaving. Too many democrats could mean everything will be blamed on them that goes wrong, and plus, it could create divide within the democratic party, which could let republicans overtake congress again.

    December 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. email4kh

    He locked down that fat Senate pension and the lifetime benefits. Why keep doing it?

    December 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Doug R.

    This man was a thumper for the Supreme Court appointed Bush #43 and a disservice to the people of Florida.

    December 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jeb Bush can run (probably win) and set up his "Shadow Government" now... grrrrreeeeat.

    December 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Briana the college student

    I'm wondering why he narrowly won his race.

    December 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. 1/20/13

    Now if we can get rid of Pelosi, Reed, and the twin thieves Dodd and Frank we would be in business

    December 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Ian

    Thank you. We don't need any more career politicians.

    December 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Sebastian

    Very odd and yet refreshing !

    December 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. DB25

    I'm sure Jeb will run.

    December 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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