The Florida lawmaker under fire over racially inflammatory remarks toward his African-American colleagues has resigned, a spokeswoman for the Florida Senate Majority Office told CNN. The embattled state senator, Frank Artiles, submitted his letter of resignation to Senate President Joe Negron on Friday, just days after apologizing on the Senate floor for his remarks.
And what remarks were those? Well, here you go, sir:
Artiles was having drinks at the Governors Club in Tallahassee with fellow Sens. Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston when he told the pair that Senate President Joe Negron had only risen to his position of power because “six [N-word]” in the Republican caucus elected him,The Miami Herald reported. Gibson and Thurston are both black.On Wednesday, Artiles apologized on the Senate floor for his remarks.“I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended,” Artiles said in his prepared remarks.He also apologized to Gibson for calling her a “bitch” during his tirade.