[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/02/art.getty.crist.jpg caption="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.