Martinez to retire in 2010

It’s too early to spend too many brain cells worrying about the next cycle, but good news is coming out of Florida where Mel Martinez appears set to retire.

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.

Florida is never a gimme for either party, but the Democrats have a good shot at picking up the seat.

And let’s not kid ourselves.  Martinez’ decision is based in large part to his desire to not have his ass handed to him at the polls.  He’s consistently below 50%.

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