Politics & Government

Buchanan meets with Senate GOP leader

WASHINGTON - Mel Martinez, who recently introduced Senate hopeful Marco Rubio to national Republican bigwigs, has done the same for Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Sarasota Republican considering his own bid for the seat Martinez is vacating.

Martinez on Wednesday escorted Buchanan over to the National Republican Senatorial Committee offices to meet with committee chair Sen. John Cornyn, who is recruiting candidates for the open seat. Gov. Charlie Crist is expected in town next week and his calendar no doubt will include some time with Cornyn.

Martinez, for the record, is remaining neutral in the race.

A spokeswoman for Buchanan says the sophomore legislator is "still considering how he can best serve the people of Florida and his district."