Martin said critics are responding to his push to address many controversial issues during his tenure. He said he is more concerned with addressing public safety and consumer needs than with doctrinaire chest-thumping.

Martin cited a deal he brokered between the satellite radio operators XM and Sirius as proof of his service to consumers. He got the two companies to agree to a list of conditions that would keep prices from rising and create opportunities for minorities in exchange for his blessing on their creation of a monopoly