Citing his presence as a legislative impropriety, Florida Republican Senator Frank Artiles resigned from his post on Friday after using the “n-word” in dialogue with two African-American coworkers.
Artiles issued his resignation to Republican Senate President Joe Negron, following an incident at a members-only institution in Tallahassee.
In a statement revealed by his publicist, Artiles attempted to find reconciliation.
“I clearly made comments that were hurtful, unacceptable and inappropriate. The American people and Floridians want their leaders to be accountable and responsible, and by resigning my elected office I believe I am demonstrating those qualities they desire and deserve. I apologize to my family and friends and I apologize to all my fellow Senators and lawmakers. To the people of my district of all of Miami-Dade, I am sorry I have let you down and ask for your forgiveness.”
Following a pending investigation after a complaint was filed by the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, Negron accepted Artiles’ resignation. Commenting on Artiles’ departure, Negron said “All of us are accountable for our actions and our comments, so I think it’s an appropriate resignation.”
The incident was sparked at the Governors Club, when Artiles began to unravel in a conversation with Sens. Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston. Artiles reportedly used a term derogatory toward women, which resulted in Sen. Thurston attempting to calm the exchange. Artiles then used a racial slur towards Thurston, and eventually speaking sourly about Negron, saying the Republican Senate President holds his title because “six n******” elected him to his post.
Artiles tried to put out his own fire by apologizing on the Senate floor, but the attempt was for naught.
Democratic Senate Leader Oscar Braynon issued a statement, saying:
“I take no pleasure in these unfortunate events. But I urge that we learn from them In our communities, our state, and our country, there should be a message of hope, of tolerance, of unity. We cannot afford the high cost words of divisiveness and cruelty leave in their wake.”
Despite Artiles resignation, Republicans still maintain control in the Florida Senate with a 24-15 majority.
‘While I take full responsibility for using language that was vulgar and inappropriate,” Artiles said, “my family has fallen victim to a political process that can distort the truth for the sole purpose of political gain.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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