HAVANA TIMES, August 10 – Republican Senator Mel Martinez, known for his opposition to a softening of the half century US blockade on Cuba has suddenly resigned from his Senate seat claiming a desire to return to Florida from Washington to spend more time with his family. Martinez’ term expires in January 2011.
The Cuban-American, who came to the US at age 15, served in the Bush administration as the Secretary of Housing and Development. Martinez had said last year that he would not seek another term in the 2010 elections.
Martinez was one of several rightwing representatives and senators that criticized President Obama for his public opposition to the June 28 military coup in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya.