Ramesh Ponnuru asks a relevant question: Will those you criticized Palin also criticize Martinez? In the case of yours truly, YES. But with the same caveat I offered then: If a public official faces a private family crisis (or extreme family challenge), then by all means resignation is acceptable. Families come first. And if there is a major ethical problem or scandal, then resignation is a good idea. (Also, leaving office early for a promotion is okay; nobody should be denied a promotion.)
But unless one of those conditions apply, then I think it is a clear abdication of duty to leave elected office early. We don’t know yet what the truth is about Martinez. But if he is getting out just because he’s sick of the job, or for some other elsser reason, then he’s a quitter and is exhibiting bad character. Such a resignation is inexcusable.
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