Florida Sen. Mel Martinez to step down early – could benefit Florida Governor Charlie Grist

August 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida announced today he will resign from the Senate for personal reasons as soon as a replacement can be appointed. The senator announced last December that he would retire, but onlookers widely assumed he would remain in office until 2010.  And they had good reason to, because despite earlier rumors that he might cut short his term, Martinez has repeatedly dismissed suggestions that he’d exit early.

A big beneficiary of this announcement could be, Florida Governor Charlie Grist who’s duty and perhaps pleasure it is to appoint a successor to fill in until the next general election. It just so happens that Gov. Christ announced in May that he would be seeking that senate seat in 2010, and is perceived as the frontrunner.

Assuming Crist does not name himself which seems somewhat unlikely given the potential backlash, look for him to appoint a trusted caretaker who will keep the seat warm until January 2011, but will not seek the full term.

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3 Responses to “Florida Sen. Mel Martinez to step down early – could benefit Florida Governor Charlie Grist”

  1. Florida Sen. Mel Martinez to step down early - could benefit Florida Governor Charlie Grist on August 7th, 2009 1:28 pm

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  2. Tim Lara on August 7th, 2009 3:47 pm

    Seems like a rough one for Crist but it will likely be an easy fix with just a little bit of a hailstorm one that could have been avoided. http://www.yovia.com/blogs/timlara

  3. Chrystal K. on August 7th, 2009 6:14 pm

    There seem to be quite a few resignations these days.

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