The man that passed around the Schiavo memo in Congress is now retiring. Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R) has decided against seeking a second term, a
December 2, 2008

The man that passed around the Schiavo memo in Congress is now retiring.

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.

The first term senator also was an almost certain Democratic target in two years time although those familiar with Martinez's political prospects insisted his strengths in South Florida, coupled with his political base along the I-4 corridor, made his path to reelection possible.

Will this lead to a Jeb Bush comeback?

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