Miami Republican State Senator Frank Artiles has announced he's resigning from the Florida State Senator after using a series of racial slurs and profanities in a conversation with two African American colleagues earlier this week. "It's clear there are consequences to every action, and in this area, I will need time for personal reflection and growth". His resignation is effective immediately.
The move comes four days after he used the "n-word" to described how the state's Senate President Joe Negron was elected GOP leader.
The Florida Democratic Party called on Artiles to resign on Tuesday, the Herald reported. Artiles, a man who once filed an very bad transgender bathroom bill, publicly apologized last Wednesday, stating, "With regard to the word which I used toward no one in particular, but is rightfully the most inflammatory, I know my explanation is inadequate but it is honest". It's widely believed that Artiles would not have survived any expulsion action taken by his colleagues.
The legislative black caucus filed a formal complaint on Wednesday and requested the Senate expel Artiles, who was stripped of his committee chairmanship. "We are pleased that the residents of District 40 will no longer bear the burden of being represented by someone with a history of violence and bigotry and that they will have the opportunity to vote for a Senator that represents their values".
The investigation into Artiles has been dropped by request of Thurston who says he's also satisfied with the outcome. However, because Artiles was subjected to a rules complaint, none of that was enforceable.
Former state senator Dwight Bullard had that seat before Artiles. Gov. Rick Scott said he would "immediately fire" an employee who said what Artiles said. Artiles used obscenities with Sen. "No further action by the Senate will be taken in regard to this matter". Audrey Gibson (D), "this fucking asshole" and "this bitch".
"My constituents and I would agree that this language is simply unacceptable". "I have always liked Frank and hope he gives serious consideration to resigning so the focus can return to important legislative issues".
"There were several comments in the black caucus that were inaccurate, incorrect and not corroborated by me", Artiles was quoted as saying.
He said his comments were a distraction to his colleagues and Floridians, the Associated press reported. He referred to those Republicans as the N-word and called Negron a "pussy".
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