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Shamnesty Sen. Mel Martinez to retire

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 2, 2008 11:27 AM

Finally, a bit of good news to report: GOP Sen. Mel “Shamnesty” Martinez will not seek re-election in 2010. Via The Fix:

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) has decided against seeking a second term, a decision he will formalize shortly in the Sunshine State, according to an informed party source.

Martinez’s decision was based on a desire for more free time and a less scheduled life, said the source. The first term senator also was an almost certain Democratic target in two years time although those familiar with Martinez’s political prospects insisted his strengths in South Florida, coupled with his political base along the I-4 corridor, made his path to reelection possible.

You may recall his pledge in 2006 not to work aggressively to defend conservative values as RNC chairman:

Sen. Mel Martinez, who will become the new general chairman of the Republican Party after it lost control of Congress, said on Tuesday he would not be an “attack dog” in the 2008 White House race.

…”One of the things that I made clear as I discussed this job role with the president is I was not going to be an attack dog, and I don’t intend to, and I wasn’t asked to be one,” he told reporters at the White House.

That strategy worked out well, didn’t it?


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