Friday, August 07, 2009

Will Martinez Finish Term?

The Hill is reporting Sen. Mel Martinez will not serve out his term. This would mean Gov. Charlie Crist would appoint a replacement.

In his letter to supporters, Martinez gave little clue to his reasoning, stating only: “After nearly twelve years of public service in Florida and Washington, it’s time that I return to Florida and my family.”

Crist is expected to appoint a caretaker to hold the seat until next year’s election. The governor raised more than $4.3 million in his first seven weeks as a candidate. He is facing a primary race against former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio. Rubio raised only $340,000 in the second quarter of 2009.

It would take brass ball for Crist to appoint himself. I actually think he could get away with it. Crist has lost interest in being Governor long ago and wants to be Senator. The bachlash from the hard right-wing of the Florida GOP would be meaningless. Marco Rubio can't win. Period.

Crist is a shrewd pol. He doesn't want to anger the base or pull a Sarah Palin. Crist will appoint someone who has no chance of ever beating him in an election.

Martinez was forced out as RNC chair and has seen the GOP attack Hispanics. Martinez fumed at his party's attacks on Sonia Sotomayor. Can you blame Martinez for wanting out?

Update: Many Republicans are predicting Martinez will not return after the August recess.

Update The Note reports Crist will not appoint himself to Martinez's seat.

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At August 07, 2009 8:21 PM , Blogger Vox Populi said...

jeebus, do you think charlie will appoint buddy johnson? That would put the ball back in play. I can't say this was unexpected. I think he's bored ... he wants to get on with his playboy life. Mel got away with a LOT of stuff at the Dept of Housing nad Urban Development which I don't think anyone is even looking at yet they have danced him around so fast. BUT, that time had a huge influence on what we see before us today. Everyone who is anyone in the faux mortgage crisis has had something to do with thievery through some housing dept. You want a good laugh? Go look at pam iorio's picks for THA. It's scary funny.
buh bye mel, ya write a good email.

August 07, 2009 8:19 PM


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