One of the Democrats’ leading candidates to challenge Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) in 2010 has decided to pass up the opportunity, according to a source familiar with her decision.
Florida’s chief financial officer, Alex Sink, has decided to run for a second term as CFO and forego a run against Martinez. She made the decision over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Sink’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Martinez is one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2010, with multiple polls showing him with approval ratings well under 50 percent and weak re-elect numbers.
Democrats viewed Sink as someone who could clear a potentially crowded primary field. In a July poll conducted by the automated firm Public Policy Polling, Sink led Martinez 37 to 31 percent in a hypothetical matchup.
Sink was also viewed as a potential challenger to Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.). Prior to serving as the state’s CFO, she was president of Bank of America.
She would have given Martinez a heck of a challenge and probably beaten him, but I also like the idea of her running against Crist.
UPDATE: Maybe she’ll change her mind now that Sen. Martinez has decided to spend more time with his family. In other words, he knew he was going to lose so he’s bowing out now to avoid losing in 2010.