Florida State Senator Resigns After Booze-Fueled Racial Slur Scandal

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.49.20 PM Florida State Sen. Frank Artiles (R) has submitted a letter of resignation after going on a profane tirade where he used the N-word among his African American colleagues earlier this week.
“My actions and my presence in government is now a distraction to my colleagues, the legislative process, and the citizens of our great State…I am responsible and I am accountable and effective immediately, I am resigning from the Florida State Senate.”

The racial incident took place when Artiles went to the Governors Club in Tallahassee on Monday, and he spoke to state senators Audrey Gibson (D) and Perry Thurston (D) over drinks. The conversation grew increasingly tense over the course of the evening, and Artiles reportedly topped it all off by saying “six n*ggers” helped Senate President Joe Negron (R) get elected. Artiles was also quoted calling Negron a “pussy” while referring to his black colleagues as a asshole,” a “bitch,” and a “girl.” Artiles offered an apology earlier this week, though it clearly failed to stem the backlash. Miami Herald reporter Kristen Clark tweeted a reaction from Negron, who said Artiles “made the right decision” by standing aside. [Image via screengrab] — —
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