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Sen. Artiles Apologizes For Comments

An image of the Florida State Senate in session in 2016.
The new Florida Senate chamber in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Amid calls for his resignation, Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, apologized Wednesday on the Senate floor for a tirade at a club that included making derogatory comments about a fellow senator and using a racial slur.

He specifically apologized to Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart.

"I stand up before all of you, every one of you, and with great humility, I ask for your forgiveness," Artiles said.

Shortly before the floor session, Negron stripped Artiles of his chairmanship of the Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee. Negron appointed Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, to lead the committee.

 

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