Mel Martinez in 2004 was the first Cuban-American elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida.
In 2010, he doesn't want Marco Rubio to be the second.
Gov. Charlie Crist today reeled in a whale of an endorsement in his nascent bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Martinez.
"Governor Crist has a positive record of legislative and executive experience; he is uniquely qualified and ready for this position," Martinez, who is not running for re-election, said in a news release. "He’s a good friend and we have a long history. I fully support his decision and endorse his candidacy.
“Especially at this turbulent time in our nation’s history, Florida needs a positive voice and a tireless advocate. Charlie Crist is that voice," Martinez said.