Gov. Charlie Crist's office issued the following press statement on Mel Martinez:
“I am of course very disappointed that my good friend Mel Martinez has decided not to run for re-election. The state of Florida is losing a great advocate in the U.S. Senate. Mel has fought tirelessly on Florida's behalf to protect our tourism economy, promote free trade, restore our nation's Everglades, keep taxes low for Florida's families and ensure Florida's fair share of federal resources.
“While I would have loved for Mel to be making a different announcement today, I know that he has to be looking forward to spending more time in the Sunshine State with his family. I know that they have sacrificed having their husband and dad in Washington for the last several years, and Florida thanks them for allowing Mel to represent our great state so ably in the United States Senate.
“I'm proud to call Mel Martinez my friend and look forward to continuing to work together on behalf of the people of our state.”