Florida Senator Mel Martinez (R) announced today that he is resigning his office due to personal reasons.
His resignation will be effective as soon as Governor Charlie Crist–also a Republican–appoints someone to serve the remainder of Martinez’s term.
Sen. Martinez previously announced that he would not seek re-election in 2010, and Governor Crist is one of the candidates running for that seat. This puts Gov. Crist in the somewhat-awkward position of having to appoint someone who will serve through 2010 but who won’t run for re-election.
While this development will not affect the partisan balance of the Senate, it’s worth noting that–with Sen. Martinez’s departure–there will be no Hispanic Republicans left in the United States Senate.