Florida State Senator Frank Artiles Resigns After Calling Colleagues The N-Word

Florida state Sen. Frank Artiles (R), who referred to his colleagues using the n-word earlier this week, resigned Friday.

Artiles was at a members-only club in Tallahassee on Monday when he went on a profanity-laden tirade. Speaking with fellow state Sens. Audrey Gibson (D) and Perry Thurston (D), who are both black, Artiles reportedly said that “six n****rs” had helped get Senate President Joe Negron (R) elected. Negron is white.

The senators present for Artiles’ tirade said he also referred to Gibson as “this bitch” and called Negron a “pussy.” 

On Friday, Artiles announced his resignation.

Initially @Artiles40 angrily refused to resign."His head's not in the right place," colleague told me. But reality finally sunk in @CBSMiami

— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) April 21, 2017

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

He had previously apologized for his language, but it wasn’t enough to stop the backlash. Protesters rallied at Artiles’ empty district office on Thursday, demanding that he step down.

“What state senator or what elected official goes up there, uses the ‘n-word,’ calls people ‘bitches’?” protester Deltravis Williams told CBS Miami. “He got a record of this. It ain’t like he just started this. He’s been doing this for years.”

In 2014, Artiles was secretly recorded using an anti-Arab slur at a Florida polling place, according to the Miami Herald.

In a statement Friday, Negron said that Artiles had “made the right decision” in stepping down.

NEW: @FLSenate president @joenegronfl on @Artiles40 resigning:

He "made the right decision." pic.twitter.com/EUrZze99a4

— Kristen M. Clark (@ByKristenMClark) April 21, 2017

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