On Friday, April 21st, 2017, Florida Senator Frank Artiles announced he is resigning after receiving pressure following the use of a racial slur during drinks with 2 other lawmakers.
Frank Artiles said in his resignation letter that, “It is clear to me my recent actions and words that I spoke fell far short of what I expect for myself, and for this, I am very sorry. I am responsible, and I am accountable, and effective immediately, I am resigning from the Florida State Senate.” The next day on Tuesday after the tirade he said that he let his “temper get the best of [him].”
CNN later interviewed the Senate President and asked what he had to say about the incident. He had this to say: “Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between Senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate President.” According to CNN, Artiles also apologized to Sen. Audrey Gibson for calling her a rude word during the tirade as well. He said during his prepared apology speech in front of the senate, “I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended.” Even though Frank Artiles apologized, that does not make what he said okay with the people he hurt and offended. He needs to prove he is sorry.