Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will be resigning from the Senate, according to several senior Republican sources familiar with his thinking.Especially if he says he will not run for the office in 2010 ... or even if he does. Gov. Crist isn't going to appoint himself - much less Rubio. Some talk of TOM (The Other Martinez, former Gov. Beh, but I'll let Byron comment on that).
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 re-election to the Senate last December, but he had insisted that he would be serving out the remainder of his term, which expires in 2011.
Sad to say, but I was an early support of Martinez when he ran for Senate. I kind-of regret that choice. Martinez seems to like to quit a lot.