Sen. Frank Artiles

Governor Rick Scott may have just called for a special election, but several people are already lining up to replace Frank Artiles. The former state senator was forced to resign last month over controversial comments he made to his former colleagues.

The Florida Channel

A Florida state senator who used a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues resigned Friday, saying the incident is causing a distraction to the legislative process.

Republican Sen. Frank Artiles submitted a resignation letter to Republican Senate President Joe Negron and issued a separate statement.

myfloridahouse.gov

No matter what variation of the “n-word” is spoken, a Florida state senator is learning the term is still offensive as Democrats and Republicans admonished him for using it during an exchange with two African-American colleagues.

myfloridahouse.gov

A Florida state senator who used racial slurs and obscene insults during an after-hours conversation with other lawmakers is being stripped of his chairmanship.

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

“I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended,” said Artiles from the Senate floor.