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08/07/2009

Mel's doner: Martinez serve up a resignation

by Jeremy Hooper

Mel-MartinezBack in 2006, the Human Rights Campaign wrote this about the record of one Sen. Mel Martinez (Very Far R-FL):

Sen. Mel Martinez’s Record on Equality and Fairness:

• Scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2006 Congressional Scorecard measuring support for equality and fairness in the 109th Congress.

• An ardent supporter and co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Martinez has been on the record opposing Republican Sen. John McCain’s states-rights stance on the issue, saying, “It isn't good enough to say, ‘Leave it up to the states.’ If we leave it up to the states we will see the erosion of marriage that we've seen by activist courts, which we otherwise will not see if we protect the institution of marriage at the federal level.”

• Attacked his 2004 Republican primary opponent for supporting hate crimes legislation accusing him of catering to the “radical homosexual lobby.”

• Ran a 2004 campaign that was so anti-gay and divisive that Florida’s Republican governor, Jeb Bush, called on him to stop the attacks. Also because of his anti-gay tactics, The St. Petersburg Times revoked its endorsement after Martinez sent a mailer against his opponent calling him “the new darling of the homosexual extremists.”

Today in 2009, Sen Mel Martinez wrote this about himself:

"My priorities have always been my faith, my family and my country and at this stage in my life, and after nearly twelve years of public service in Florida and Washington, it's time I return to Florida and my family,'' said Martinez, who had already ruled out a run for re-election in 2010.
Florida's Sen. Mel Martinez to step down [Miami Herald]

Forgive us if we forget to weep.

It remains to be seen who Republican governor Charlie Crist will appoint as a replacement. We're hoping from someone from the panhandle who'll lower the flame under the anti-gay pot.

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Your thoughts

Leaving to spend time with the family? That's usually just code for "I got caught with a hooker" or something equally embarrassing. Can't say that I'm sorry to see him go. Good riddance, whatever the reason.

Posted by: WilliamM | Aug 7, 2009 1:48:10 PM

With all of these "preemptive" resignations, one has to wonder if these GOPers have any room in their closets for clothing, what with all of the skeletons that they are hiding as well.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 7, 2009 2:07:35 PM

Yesssss, finally. If this putz had stayed any longer I would've ripped my face off by now.

Posted by: Will | Aug 7, 2009 6:38:33 PM

William hit it on the head. He got caught with a whore.

Posted by: Rain | Aug 8, 2009 6:38:55 PM

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