Florida Sen. Mel Martinez says he'll miss Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., who announced today he's resigning at the end of the year.
"As a senator, Trent has served both Mississippi and the nation, and has been a strong ally on issues affecting Floridians including reforming the national flood insurance program," Martinez said. "I wish him well."
Lott is the 6th Republican senator to announce his retirement this year.
Florida politicians haven't always had supportive words for Lott: In 2002, after Lott had kind words for Strom Thurmond's 1948 presidential bid - based on a segregationist platform - former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the comments were politically damaging to the GOP.
"It doesn't help to have this swirling controversy that Sen. Lott, in spite of his enormous political skills, doesn't seem to be able to handle well,'' Bush said in a Herald interview. Lott resigned his spot as Senate Majority Leader soon after Bush's remarks were picked up.