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Dems criticize Martinez



The Florida Democatic Party is blasting U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez for missing two votes last week about Iraq.

"This war is the most important issue facing our country, and Mel Martinez can't even show up? The Republican Party of Florida slammed Jim Davis again and again for missing votes on inconsequential things such as naming post offices. What do they have to say now about their Senator missing these crucial votes?" said Karen Thurman, the party's chairwoman.

Last Monday when the U.S. Senate voted on a procedural motion on whether to procede on the debate, Martinez was at a doctor's appointment.

Last Thursday when the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gen. George W. Casey to be Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, Martinez was attending his foster mother's funeral.

Martinez's vote would not have changed the outcome in either case.

Update: The Florida Democratic party says it made a mistake in Thurman's podcast about Martinez's votes (which it has corrected), and that it was a single vote last Monday that it criticized him for missing. They stand by that criticism.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:29pm]


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