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Martinez rules out health issues, cites family



Mel Martinez is holding a news conference in Orlando to detail his decision to leave the U.S. Senate and insists his decision is based on family considerations. He began with a statement that largely echoed a letter he sent this morning to supporters. (watch the video here)

“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," he said.

"There's no impending reason," he said. "It's only my desire to move on to get on with the rest of my life."

Martinez said he had not health issues and is going to work in the private sector. He said he does not have another job lined up. He pledged to be an "active part of a resurgent Republican Party."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:56pm]


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