August 7th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist will not appoint himself to Senate seat

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday he would not appoint himself to fill the remaining time left in Sen. Mel Martinez's.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday he would not appoint himself to fill the remaining time left in Sen. Mel Martinez's.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday he would not appoint himself to fill the remaining time left in Sen. Mel Martinez's, R-Florida, Senate term.

Crist, who is running for Martinez's seat, would not speculate on who he might appoint to fill the remaining term, but the governor also noted that "there is not a long list of candidates" for the position.

"This is a very serious thing and I recognize that," Crist told reporters at a briefing in Florida.

"There is not a short list," he said. "There is not a long list, but I am getting a lot of calls and recommendations and volunteers."


Crist told reporters that Martinez informed him of his decision yesterday.

He also said the governor's office will likely have "an application process, a questionnaire, an appropriate vetting" before appointing a replacement.

"I'm confident we will be able to reach a decision in the next few weeks before the senate goes back into session," he said.

Earlier Friday, Martinez announced publicly that he was resigning his seat. Late last year, Martinez said he would not seek a second term in the Senate.


Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Mel Martinez
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Democrat for Crist

    Actually, Crist is probably the only Republican this democrat would ever support! he's not those typical hateful, racist, ignorant republicans/conservatives his party represents...they'll probably oust him too if they don't like him! remember, they're the party of NO! idiots....good luck Gov Crist!

    August 7, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. RickM

    He should appoint former Governor Jeb Bush to serve out the remainder of Martinez's term. Jeb is the only logical choice, he's already publicly said he wouldn't run for the seat.

    August 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Yahbut

    Good for Governor Crist.

    In reply to Democrat for Crist's comment about the party of no.

    He or she should be glad that somebody in congress says NO.
    At least some people are using their common sense.

    Where does he think all the money is going to come from to pay for all these outrageous programs?

    August 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Crist is really being placed in a difficult situation. Curious to see how he manuvers his way out.

    The question now becomes why? Perhaps Martinez did have a motive afterall, and, yes, it may have something to do with how the republican's have treated Sotomayor.

    Oh, well, what goes around eventually does come back to bite you in the butt - one way or another.

    August 7, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. good, because that would be the nail in the coffin for the GOP

    a GOP appoints himself

    no one else good or better for the job?

    He thankfully did not appoint himself, a GOPer with a little dignity

    August 7, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Reforming health care will take an investment, regardless of the plan. If you are a stay at home mom and have health care through your husband's employer, you'd better hope your husband doesn't pull a Sanford. If you divorce him you'll lose your coverage and have to buy your own. If you are a breast cancer survivor, you will not be able to buy insurance at any price. Look forward to a life of poverty. We need to require insurance companies to extend policies to divorced partners until they either move to another insurance policy after they get a job, or until they remarry.

    August 7, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Tatianna

    I rather be party of no than be of a party denying and or opposing Americans constitutional freedoms and rights.

    August 7, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Susan

    RockM,
    u r dead on for JebBush being nominated. In that way, Crist can easily beat him in the primary.
    or not, considering republicans love for the Bushes.

    anyway, only Rush Limbaugh can determine who the next senator be..........

    August 7, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Lori in St Pete

    Perhaps he should take the seat himself. The GOP plans to run someone against him in the next gov race because he accepted stimulus funds.

    August 7, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    put a democrate in and he should change parties also

    August 7, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. vic nashville , Tn

    Who ever fill that seat know only one word “ NO”

    We will say NO when they asked our votes

    Good bye To RNC

    August 7, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Dave

    I bet it's Jeb Bush.........
    A perfect stepping stone in 6 years

    August 7, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Tim from Tampa

    He has to check with Rush to see whom "The Kingmaker" wants appointed.

    August 7, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. david

    anyone know for a fact, a fact, why martinez is quitting? strange since florida appears to be mostly hispanic these days.

    August 7, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Zero.

    "You're Country Needs You". But you dont need me.

    I'm the worst representative you need.

    I dont know my ass from my elbow...

    August 7, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. ME IN FL

    Let;s hope he has the good sense not to nominate Jeb Bush!! That will be a big disaster!!!

    August 7, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Matt in CT

    "remember, they're the party of NO! "

    Hey "Democrat for Crist." Can you come up w/ some original lines, or do you have to parrot what the DNC tells you every single time without variation???

    August 7, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Stacey

    @Tatiana – Gee I wonder what those freedoms and rights might be? The right to say NO way, NO how and NO time soon? The republican party doesn't give a hoot about you or your rights and freedoms. They only care about stopping Obama at any cost.

    August 7, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Gator

    Why did Martinez quit? Is this a backdoor ploy to get another Bush in office? I don't trust the GOP at all.

    This whole thing seems fishy. No more Bushes!

    August 7, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. dolly

    This guy has done Nothing, nada, nit, nute, all the same for the party of NO!

    August 7, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. jon

    Crist, nice guy I'm sure but he is about as exciting to listen to as watching paint dry.

    August 7, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. madison

    In repy to Yahbut's question about where the money is going to come from to pay for all these outragous programs?

    What "outragous" programs are you talking about? The programs to keep our economy from failing (which are now starting to show signs of working), the programs to reform health insurance (which will help our economy and the 45 million uninsured), the cash for clunkers program (which is helping the economy and the environment)? Did you ask the same questions when Bush spent trillions of dollars to fight a war in a Iraq for no sane reason??

    August 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Alexis

    the Republicansonly care about politics before anything else, Sen Martinez quits early for only one reason just to play dirty politics. What I mean by that is he knows Gov. Crist is running for the senate seat, so by him stepping down now he is putting the Gov in a very bad position. Now Gov Crist has to make the decision to appoint himself for the senate seat or somebody else, but keep in mind if he appoints somebody else he will be running against that person in 2010 and if he appoints himself, Gov. Crist will be facing the decision to vote for or against health reform. Something that Sen. Martinez don't want to have to deal with, like the rest of these republican senators. These Reoublicans care so much about their polical career that they are ready to throw anybody under the bus to save themselve, even each other. Gov. Crist it's time for to switch party, become a denocrate, because you are too good to be a republican.

    August 7, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Tat at 4:23, I c u again.
    Being completely open-minded, what freedoms are being denied or opposed? I don't get it but would love to better understand.
    Yes, I'm being sincere.
    Now, for Crist, smart move and good for him.
    He seems like a centrist Republican and that's probably the right tack to take as the party continues to appear to be collapsing in terms of support among the general electorate.
    A shrewder move? Put in a weak Dem so Crist can be set up to have an easier gen election.

    August 7, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Andi

    What is it with elected officials quitting before their term is through? If I was a constituent of his, I'd be really ticked off.

    August 7, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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