Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist says he won’t appoint himself to replace US Sen. Mel MartinezBy AP
Friday, August 7, 2009
Fla. gov won’t appoint self to Sen. Martinez seat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he won’t appoint himself to replace Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida.
Crist, also a Republican, made the comment as he boarded a plane to Tampa on Friday but declined to elaborate.
Martinez said Friday he will resign from the Senate as soon as a replacement can be appointed, leaving the seat more than a year before his term ends.
Martinez revealed his plans in a statement to supporters and was expected to publicly announce the decision Friday afternoon in Florida.
The first-term senator already had announced in December that he would not seek re-election in 2010, but he had fended off rumors that he would give up the seat early.
Crist is seeking the Senate seat next year.
Tags: Florida, North America, Political Resignations, Tallahassee, United States