VIDEO: Embattled Sen. Frank Artiles Announces His Formal Resignation From Florida Senate

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ABOVE VIDEO: Embattled Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Kendall, announced his formal resignation from the Florida Senate Friday afternoon after verbally attacking a fellow senator with profane comments and a racial slur earlier this week. (NEWS 10 Miami)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Embattled Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Kendall, announced his formal resignation from the Florida Senate Friday afternoon after verbally attacking a fellow senator with profane comments and a racial slur earlier this week.

“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,” Artiles wrote in his resignation letter to Senate President Joe Negron Friday morning.

“I am responsible and I am accountable and effective immediately, I am resigning from the Florida Senate. It’s clear there are consequences to every action, and in this area, I will need time for personal reflection and growth.”

Artiles addressed his constituents and those close to him, apologizing for his actions.

“I apologize to my family and friends and I apologize to all my fellow Senators and lawmakers,” Artiles said. “To the people of my district of all of Miami-Dade, I am sorry I have let you down and ask for your forgiveness.”

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Negron accepted the resignation, saying it was the correct move.

“Senator Artiles made the right decision,” the Stuart Republican said in a statement. “As Senator Artiles has noted, he holds himself responsible and accountable for his actions and comments.”

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Constituents in Artilles district in Southwest Miami demanded his resignation during three days of protests outside of his of his south Florida offices. (News 10 image)


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