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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  1. kasera

    THANKS BE TO ALMIGHTY GOD. FINALLY THEY ARE departing?????????????

    Florida does not want him back where is he going now

    December 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. SJC

    To Jackie in Dallas,

    Excellent post. Thinking about things before making a decision can never be wrong. I also agree that neither party has a monopoly on quality people (or rotten people for that matter).

    December 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Garrett

    Stop drinking the kool-aid people. If former Governor Bush ran for Senate, I'd sure support him. If you won't vote for someone simply because their last name is "Bush," then I'd rather you not vote at all. Jeb Bush did great things for the state of Florida, and he was an excellent and effective governor. If he chose to ran, so be it; I'd just hope Floridians would have more sense than to brush off the man who gave so much to the state of Florida for years of his life.

    December 2, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Proud to be American

    Buh, bye..... see ya ..... I think other Repubs should follow his path.... Peace out and this time do it for our Country....

    December 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Oh Yeah in PA

    He probably knows he is gonna get whooped. Florida voted for Obama and will probably vote for the Democrats again. If we don't make 60 after the MINN/GA races end, we will certainly do it in 2010. 19 GOP seats are up for re-election. Come on Chris Matthews, run for the PA seat. Arlen Specter needs to be booted out.

    December 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Garrett

    Stop drinking the kool-aid people. If former Governor Bush ran for Senate, I'd sure support him. If you won't vote for someone simply because their last name is "Bush," then I'd rather you not vote at all. Jeb Bush did great things for the state of Florida, and he was an excellent and effective governor. If he chose to ran, so be it; I'd just hope Floridians would have more sense than to brush off the man who gave so much to the state of Florida for years of his life.

    December 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Kwesoe

    Me thinks he is going to join the Democratic Party. Nobody wants to be a Republican anymore.

    December 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Joy from Gables

    I felt a chill run down my spine when immediately after the election a reporter asked a FL state leader "Where do you go from here to rebuild?" And the first words of the response were "We've already called Jeb & talked to him..." A man who of late could not have been less visible if he had been in the Witness Protection program obviously bought off Martinez as part of his plan to march to the White House. As if the country could soon forget the disastrous leadership of his totally incompetent brother. By the time the country recovers from George's ineptitude, Jeb will be so old he'll be running for residents' representative at the Retirement Home!

    December 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. ProgressiveDemocrat

    Now Floridians in his district vote for a Progressive Democrat in 2010 .
    I am sure you have some smart Progressives in his district that can run for US Senate and win.
    No more Necons the GOP is sinking fast thank God for that.

    December 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. b Stanley

    Good-– Great-- Wonderful
    The only good Republican is one that gets beat or decides not to run. Maybe the people of Florida are not stupid enough to elect another Bush. Now when Alabama beats Florida in the SEC chanpionship game, Fla. will get paid back for cheating Al Gore out of the presidency.

    December 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Alex

    Well I'll be! One of the Bushy's sees the writing on the wall. Say "bye" Mel. You won't be missed!

    December 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. mike in boca

    I guess there is no more money left in florida to steal.

    December 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Darko

    At least his sole goal in life is not being a career politician.

    Republican or not, that is a good thing.

    And to all your libtards infesting this blog... what exactly has your democrat led Congress accomplished since 06? Yeah, thought so...

    The dems primary goal has been to – elect more democrats! To hell with the people, give them some bailout money and they'll be happy, right?

    December 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Dan

    Hooray! Another one bites the dust.

    December 2, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. dibick99

    he's lucky he's not going to run. he didn't do a helluva lot while he was in the senate and if mr. bush had stopped short mr.martinez's nose would have been -well you know where.

    December 2, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. chuck

    There will be a lot of politicians jumping ship in the next couple of years, because the economic problem that are left behind will take a few more years to fix.

    December 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Oilengineer

    I love it. Look at these comments. People are more interested in bashing parteis than looking at individual character. Yes, let's hand over all power to one party and have unanimous votes in the House and Senate all the time. That will be REALLY fun. No debate, just do whatever crazy scheme your party comes up with. Yeah, that has worked so well for so many countries.

    December 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. rich

    Can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Good self riddance! I guess he has seen the handwriting on the wall with the Republicans prospects in years to come going the way of the caveman.

    December 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. rich

    No politician walks away from their position unless a scandal was in the making and some skeletons were about to drop out of some closet.....Hmmmm

    December 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    noo we need more latinos ! :)

    December 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Milhouse van Houten

    "Iceberg straight ahead",and all the while the band played"Nearer my god to thee".......only problem,does this set up for"Jabbering Jeb"to keep the Bushies in the limelight.That's a scary thought.

    December 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. nom deplume

    One Party Rule. Woo Hoo.

    Wait, what other countries have one party rule?

    December 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Terry

    I expect we will hear more Republicans choosing to move on – which means they are going to become "Belt Way Bandits" or "Professional Lobbyists" which is defined as: "A License to Steal". I wonder who built his house?

    December 2, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Corwin7

    Honestly cant understand how the man got elected in the first place. Especially with the fine example of what a "great" senator like Bill Nelson in office could accomplish.

    December 2, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Rich, Worcester MA

    He will no doubt have a lobbying firm take him on (or create his own). The neo-Cons are running for the hills and fat, private sector jobs they've set themselves up for at our costs during their days in public office. Good riddance to be sure, let's hope the fine folks in Florida (apologies for the alliteration) elect someone who actually wants to do right by Florida.. regardless of the party. While I strongly agree that the unlawful acts of public officials over the past 8 years (at all levels) should be legally challenged and those held accountable, we do have very real and serious problems on many fronts that need our UNDIVIDED attention. Most of us know what is correct and act accordingly, little we can do about the 20% that is always 'Right.'

    December 2, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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