Home / The Rundown / Sen. Artiles Apologizes For Comments

Sen. Artiles Apologizes For Comments

By

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.

 

About News Service of Florida

The News Service of Florida is a wire service to which WUFT News subscribes.

Check Also

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho Explains His Vote For American Health Care Act

According to the Florida Department of Health, Yoho’s district consists of nearly 500,000 Medicaid recipients who could see a reduction or loss of coverage.