Multiple media outlets are reporting this afternoon that Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) is retiring from the Senate, effective the end of this month. The thing that makes it odd is that he had previously announced back in December that he would be retiring at the end of his term next year.
Jim Geraghty’s got a list of the different reasons that are being given for his resignation from varying sources. I suspect that the left wing hounds smell an “affair” in the air, but early indications are that it may be an issue related to another member of his family.
Another Martinez – Bob (a former FL governor) – is rumored to be the choice for Gov. Crist to replace the departing Martinez.
Sen. Martinez was not my favorite GOP Senator by far – I especially did not care for him when he briefly had the reins of the RNC, but I wish him well in his retirement.