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Martinez confirms his new job

DLA Piper confirmed today it has hired former Sen. Mel Martinez as a partner in its Tampa and Washington office. The firm says Martinez brings "extensive legislative and legal experience to the firm and will advise clients on government affairs, litigation, financial services, real estate, energy, defense, infrastructure development and other matters."

DLA Piper global chairman Francis Burch said the former senator has "vast experience and a significant network of international contacts, particularly in Spain and in Latin America which will be a major area of growth and expansion for DLA Piper over the next year."

Here's a look at the firm's lobbying practices, courtesy of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Martinez -- who quit his term 16 months early, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family -- said in a statement he will still get family time.

"DLA Piper’s global footprint and international networks provide me with the ideal platform to return to private legal practice, while allowing me to stay close to home and my family," he said. "The firm has market-leading practices in areas like financial services, energy, real estate and defense, where I know I can make a significant contribution. Working in DLA Piper’s offices in Florida, I look forward to helping the firm grow its practice in Latin America and collaborating with a team of distinguished lawyers and professionals with the highest level of legislative knowledge and diplomatic skill."


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On behalf of the 17 Million Floridians:

Mr. Martinez, you ought to be ashamed of yourself! I hope your new firm goes out of business and your family leaves you. Just like the way you left our State in worse shape then when you got elected to office!

You're a quitter and, from someone who voted for you, a no-good, weak willed, loser.

I, for one, will never refer to you as a Senator. You, sir, are a quitter.

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