Mel Martinez to quit Senate
Josh Kraushaar and Chris Frates on the second job Sen. Mel Martinez has quit in recent years:
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will be resigning from the Senate, according to several senior Republican sources familiar with his thinking.
He made the announcement at a morning staff meeting, where he said he will not be returning to the Senate after the August recess.
Martinez announced he wasn’t seeking reelection to the Senate last December, but he had insisted that he would be serving out the remainder of his term, which expires in 2011.
“This was a closely held and guarded secret and came as a surprise to all of us,” said one senior Florida Republican operative.
Martinez has been rumored to be interested in the presidential opening at Florida State University, but had denied the speculation. The position just opened up in June, after university president T.K. Wetherell announced he was stepping down.