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Mel Martinez lands a job

Says BLT - the Blog of Legal Times -- which says the former Florida senator has been hired by law firm DLA Piper as a partner in its Washington and Tampa offices.

"DLA Piper partner Ignacio Sanchez confirmed the news following a partnership vote. Martinez, who left the Senate earlier this month, starts at the firm on Oct. 1.

" 'When he announced he was going to retire and let the governor appoint someone to finish out the term, I immediately talked to him and said, you really ought to consider looking at our firm. I think you would really do well, and we would love to have you,' Sanchez said."

Martinez will not be able to lobby for at least 2 years.