I doubt Mel will produce any Shatner-worthy speeches, but this does produce an interesting situation:
Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, will announce that he is resigning his seat, three GOP sources tell CNN.
The sources said that Martinez will officially announce his intention to step down on Friday. The Florida Republican, first elected in 2004, announced in December of lat year that he would retire in 2010.
Florida law states that Gov. Charlie Crist may temporarily appoint someone to the vacant seat until the next general election. As of Friday morning, it was unclear what Crist would do. Crist announced in May he would not seek another term as governor, and instead would run for Martinez’s seat.
Of course a care-taker will be given the seat (as should always be the case, IMHO), but the honorable thing would be to appoint Marco Rubio.