(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.
The Obama numbnuts are still carrying on about how they embrace fear, hope, and goodness...while those who disagree are just evil and miserable haters.
Is there actually an intelligent person over the age of 5 that sees life in such childish terms? If you are an internet blogger, you can say anything without consequence....the equivlient of mental vomit.
Did Sen. Martinez do a good job? The people saying him good riddance to him on this site don't have the slightest idea one way or another.
Something fishy here. No 'real' explantion for why he's leaving. I'd bet the rent there's way more to his leaving than we're being told. And lordy, lordy we'd all better hope JEB! doesn't run for Senate. He did his utmost to try to destroy Florida while he was our governor. A more devisive man would be hard to find.
Jackie from Dallas: Spoken like a true Texan. Home of the worst republican on the face of the planet.
The loss of this excellent man will be a real loss to Florida & to the United States Senate. So the democrtats will have their chance to destroy the country. I am 78 years old, have voted in every election but one in all these years & never voted for a democrat for any office. In other words, I vote on principle.
Riiiiigght. Gotcha, Senator. You know that you don't have a snowball's chance of winning in 2010. The nation is going Democrat – center-left – and the GOP brand doesn't sell now that we can't sell our homes, can't make our mortgages, and won't be able to retire if we're older than 45. Your party made a complete mess of things. Until you purge the idiots from the GOP, you won't win many more elections.
Corrupt moron. Good riddance!
All states blue? No all states red, drenched in the blood of anti-American
traitors. The cancer of liberalism will be torn fro the body politic and cast on the trash heap of history.
The revolution is coming. How about some of you scumbag liberals stand up for target practice?
At least if Jeb's next, it won't be the wastrel son this time.
I'd rather say goodbye to the Bushes, too, though.
Mesa Mick needs to take a valium or something
I notice that not one other person making comment are bold enough to sign their full name.GF
Good riddens to bad rubbish! Fear mongering can only go so far! I can start visiting Florida again ;o)
Martinez is a bigger RINO than President Bush. He led the charge on amnesty and was a big spender. You dems will get something much less to your liking but I doubt it will be JEB.
Martinez no longer represents the best interests of the Cuban community in South Florida nor has he ever represented the best interests of Floridians as a whole. He will not be misssed. Let's hope we can get a Progressive candidate to replace him.
Yet another Senate seat up for grabs in less than 2 years. Finally we can have one compitent party in charge of the White House and start getting things done...slowly but surely. All the GOP has done is hold back progress of America.
-Former Republican Family
Good ridence. He didn't do anything except promote racism, sexism, and homophobia in Florida. The state has a huge tourism industry, and Mel Martinez has transformed Florida's image to a deep south state. Effectively attracting only certain types of people, not everyone.
One of the last cuban-american cretins finally quits. Unfortunately, he along with Jesse Helms, and the two other congress representatives from Florida have made a good relationship with Cuba impossible.
Almost 50 years of embargo have not accomplished anything. Castro still in power and the only ones who suffered were the Cubans.
I hope that the first thing the Obama team for Latin America policy does is to lift the travel restrictions to the island, followed by the total repeal of the embargo.
Making way for a Bush? So the Bush can run for pres in 2012 or 2016?
Does it really matter? He served his term; now he gets a healthy retirement check and his pension for the rest of his life. Can't blame him for punching out. Now we will hire a new politician and award him/her with the same benefits -more tax dollars WASTED!
I'll wait for real reason to come out before I make a judgment.
This is a bit of a surprise. I wonder who the Republican will put up to replace him? Would it be Charlie Crist? A Bush wouldn't be too big of a surprise either.
What took him so long?
let him go and run for presidency in Cuba when Hillary will plan the fall of Raoul Castro.