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Sen. Mel Martinez makes a political endorsement

The former Florida senator is out with an e-mail fundraising appeal for Bruce O'Donoghue, an Orlando Republican who is looking to challenge what Martinez calls "a true liberal Democrat, Alan Grayson.

"I don't normally write to ask for your support, but this race is important, Martinez says. "Bruce is
the only man to beat Alan Grayson and stop the nonsense coming from Washington these days."

Martinez said he's known O'Donoghue since he coached his basketball team at the YMCA. Former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings is also supporting O'Donoghue.

The controversial congressman was one of the Democrats profiled in today's New York Times in a piece about legislators feeling the heat -- and the praise -- for their health care vote.