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Martinez Resigns, Replacement Names Fly

August 7th, 2009 by flanews

US Senator Mel Martinez resigned his seat today and Governor Charlie Crist, who was already running for Martinez seat in 2010, will have to appoint a replacement.

Crist could appoint himself, but of the nine governors who have gone that route since 1900 only one has won reelection. Reportedly Crist has already taken his name out of the mix. Karen Thurman, the Chairwoman of the Florida Democrats is taking the governor at his word.

Until I see something different and if we are already hearing some names bounced around the chances are he is saying what he means, said Thurman.

Reportedly Former US Senator Connie Mack and Former state House Speaker Allen Bense have taken their names out of the mix. Former State Senator and House Speaker Dan Webster is expressing interest in the job. Others speculate former Attorney General Jim Smith is a likely choice.

Crists Office Released this Statement:

I have a great deal of respect for my good friend Mel Martinez. I know this decision was a difficult one for him, but I think he is doing what he believes is right for him and his family.”

We will immediately begin the process of selecting an appropriate replacement to serve the remainder of Senator Martinezs term and I look forward to making an announcement in the coming weeks.

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