The talking points on Mel Martinez
Here are the talking points sent to prominent GOP activists about Mel Martinez stepping down from the senate:
* Senator Martinez and Kitty believe that now is the right time to make his transition to private life, where he will continue to play an active role in the Republican Party.
* Senator Martinez is proud of his 12 years of public service and looks forward to being an advocate for the party and for our ideals in the crucial months and years ahead.
*Senator Martinez will work hard to ensure that his seat remains in Republican hands in 2010.
* This decision is based solely on Mel and Kitty's belief that this is the right time to reenter private life.