Senator Mel Martinez to leave the Senate when his term expires

December 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), former HUD Secretary, has said that he’s leaving the Senate after his term expires in 2010. Last October, we blogged about him leaving the chairmanship of the GOP, after expressing frustration with the tone that his party has taken with the immigration issue.

The blog at America’s Voice has a pretty good take on this especially with regard to the GOP moderate base feeling less in touch with the hard core anti-immigration folks who seem to get the most traction within their party these days. I find it interesting that Martinez seems to be “immigration sensitive” since he arrived from Cuba with preferred (humanitarian) status in Operation Peter Pan. Hopefully, he will feel that more free to speak about the immigration issue as a private citizen. He did vote in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2007, and his own position seems to be very moderate on the issue.

Tags: GOP · Immigration · Sen. Mel Martinez

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  • 1 Seneca // Dec 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Mel Martinez bowed out according to the Florida political gossip because he could not stomach the horse trading, betraying, brutal comeraderie of the Senate. Also as GOP Chair, he was tormented by the anti-immigrant GOPers who saw in him a friend of immigration and a threat to the Party…Mel Martinez is frankly too decent…perhaps he runs for Governor next…

  • 2 soledadenmasa // Dec 4, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    what irks me about this is that he announced it just now, right after the election. I think these kinds of announcements should be done months before the primary elections in order to shorten the primary season.

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