Florida Sen. Martinez to Resign: Insiders

Announcement could come today
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2009 11:04 AM CDT
Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., left, talks with Edward Montgomery, White House Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, on Capitol Hill, June 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Florida Sen. Mel Martinez will resign, perhaps as soon as today, sources tell the Miami Herald. “It's a deeply personal decision that he will expand on later today. He decided it's time to move to another stage of his life,” one said. The Republican has previously refuted word that he was planning to leave his post. Gov. Charlie Crist, who's already running to replace Martinez, will name a replacement, conceivably himself.