FLORIDA: GOP Senator Resigns After Racist Tirade

Hurling the N-word at black colleagues is where the Florida GOP draws the line, apparently. The Miami Herald reports:

Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahassee bar.

In a letter to Senate President Joe Negron, Artiles said he was stepping down for the sake of his family and of the institution of the Senate, whose work ground to a near halt this week as Republican leaders grappled with Artiles’ political future.

“My actions and my presence in government is now a distraction to my colleagues, the legislative process, and the citizens of our great State,” Artiles wrote. “I am responsible and I am accountable and effective immediately, I am resigning from the Florida State Senate.

Negron, whom Artiles had derided in his rant as a “pussy,” ordered an investigation. Artiles, an ex-Marine known for his combative style, hired a sharp-elbowed Tallahassee lawyer and vowed to fight.

But by Thursday afternoon, even Artiles’ friends in the state Capitol, convinced he couldn’t possibly redeem himself, had begun to say privately that Artiles had to go. The most evident sign of his looming exit: Political hounds started chatting about his competitive southern Miami-Dade seat soon becoming open.

In 2015, Artiles filed a bill that would make it a crime for transgender citizens to use public restrooms that don’t correspond with their birth gender.

  • kcken

    You sad bro? I’m not sad bro!

  • bkmn

    This is all pretty sad, especially coming from this cuck.

  • Rex

    These hateful Republicans want to control everything but they can’t even control their own mouths.

    • kcken

      Give them an inch, and they take the whole yard … of material to make another klan outfit..

      • HIS HOLYSH1T the KING DONALD

        Remember Obama compromised & they gave NOTHING back.

        This is why I hate all the “peace talk” with the GOP. If anything, Dems have been too spineless trying to break those boxes of rocks with feathers .

        • Latebrosus

          That’s how liberal-minded people are. We’re less absolutist than conservatives. I hate it, too, but we understand better than they do that working together, even with opposing thinkers, is a necessity.

          Not that we do it all the time, but come on.

          • HIS HOLYSH1T the KING DONALD

            Because using softer feathers will break those boxes of rocks?

            Conservatives, by the very definition, don’t change. Your tactics failed for almost a decade, time to try a new one.

          • bkmn

            And as soon as a liberal even looks at a rock you will hear every talking head on FuxSnooz pretending they just beat and killed a baby. Please don’t be surprised if one of these days you get pummeled by a liberal honey.

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    • kaydenpat

      Trump is the perfect example of that.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Hey Steve King, your next bro !

    • John30013

      Or Trump’s next cabinet secretary nominee.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    For the sake of comedy, let’s hope he misspelled Senate President Joe Negron’s last name in his resignation letter.

  • DaddyRay

    “My actions and my presence in government is now a distraction to my colleagues, the legislative process, and the citizens of our great State,”

    Couldn’t the same be said for all Republicans

    • kaydenpat

      Including the Big Kahuna in the White House.

    • Chucktech

      Notice there isn’t even the first inkling of even a faux apology to anyone who may have been offended.

      • DaddyRay

        That is Republican standard operating procedure

  • another_steve

    What!?!

    Since when has racism become disqualifying in the Republican Party?

    • Gustav2

      Never in public, never in public.

      • CB

        And always in euphemisms and dog whistles.

        • Gustav2

          In central Ohio the dog whistles are “Urban” and for gays “German Village” (even though the gayborhood moved to different areas in the late 1970’s.)

      • another_steve

        There’s my African-American over there!

        • John

          “MY”????? “MY” African-American???? I’d have verbally punched his lights out had I been the person referenced. How positively insulting. He does not OWN that person and that’s what the statement indicated.
          Per Dan Savage: #IPTMFA

          • another_steve

            Thank you. And thank Dan Savage. That statement of Trump’s, at that campaign rally, should have told any thinking voter everything they needed to know about the man.

            He considers human beings to be “commodities.”

            Things he controls and uses to his advantage.

          • John

            Clarification – the statement is mine. ‘The Per Dan Savage: #IPTMFA’ I mis-typed. It is actually #ITMFA and is Dan Savage’s website that sells hats, shirts, mugs, buttons, etc with the imprinted on them. ALL money is donated to three Gay Non-Profits. I’ll not turn this into a commercial, but Google it for ALL the info. I was using that rather than’ Impeach The Mother F**ker Already’ which is what the letters stand for.

    • Todd20036

      The internet and smart phones have made many private conversations not so private.

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  • Reality.Bites

    I’m frankly amazed to discover they actually draw the line anywhere

    • Bluto

      I strongly suspect it’s done reluctantly.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Good riddance to bad trash.

  • HZ81

    What a loss for Republican bigots everywhere, but rich that in Trump’s America, he thought he could fight and win.

    Just perfect. Nice voting, America.

  • james1200

    Don’t forget this dude’s excuse that he said “nigga” and not the other word so it was ok he said it, and he also has black friends (insert eyeroll gif here). This is what happens when a right-winger grows up watching “Yo! Mtv Raps”.

  • SoCalGal20

    Oh look, another seat for the Dems to go after!

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  • David

    Has he been hired by Fox News as a “political consultant” and “victim” of the liberal media” yet?

    • Mark Fuhrman and Oliver North are putting together a welcome basket full of golf tees, porno mags and cupcakes with red, white, and blue icing that taste like white privilege.

  • Tawreos

    He is probably up for an appointment in the Trump administration

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but shout out to USA Today. Asked Trump people for a list of Trump properties for sale. Thry wouldn’t give them the list so USA Today did some old-fashioned reporting and put the list together themselves. Then, they discovered half th luxery condos/home-building lots have gone to shell companies.

    https://twitter.com/cjcmichel/status/855418490605494272

    https://twitter.com/fahrenthold/status/855425251722878976

  • Rick Hammond

    Republicans don’t know how to govern. They only know how to rule and get frustrated when the crybabies don’t get their racist fucking way. Especially here in Floriduh.

  • “I’M SHOUTING AT YOU AND CALLING YOU THE WORST NAMES POSSIBLE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WILL INSTANTLY AGREE WITH ME AND START DOING THINGS MY WAY BECAUSE THAT’S HOW IT WORKS IN THE MILITARY!!”

    But not in the senate. Someone should have told him he was a senator.

    • Todd20036

      It’s also how things can work in the bedroom. Even with military personnel.
      Ask me how I know….

      • BlueberriesForMe

        What branch of the military was this? Did you wear a uniform, too?
        I can only hope you were called “Sir”.

    • Thorn Spike

      Someone should have told him he was a senator.

      Apparently not much of one. With any luck, he’ll go the way of that guy who had his “makaka” moment before imploding.

    • John

      “Someone should have told him he was a senator.” Just a guess on my part, but I’ll bet the a**hole can’t even spell senator. I’d also guess his mantra is, “I dont know what a senator is but I know I are one.”

  • Bluto

    I love it when bigots, racists & affiliated scum self-immolate.

  • SunsetGay

    Let’s be honest. If Florida weren’t part of the United States and were it’s own country, it would become a third-world, North Korean hellhole.

    It’s no surprise that Trump spends all his free time here.

  • Lakeview Bob

    The referred to the institution of the Senate. Well he was partly there already. He belongs in a different type of institution.

  • Beagle

    One down, so, so many to go.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    OT:

    Far be it from me to grumble about JMG, my very favorite website on earth, and at the risk of sounding trite when each day brings a new 45-related disaster, how about something about Hello, Dolly! which opened last night at the Shubert? By going to the NYT website and doing a search for Dolly, one can find a glowing review and an article about the various performers who have done the role in the past (and also a new article on Dolly Parton).

    I’m coming up in a couple of weeks but by the time I tried to order tickets for the performances that I could have attended that weekend, which I did about a month ago, they were sold out. So I’ll be seeing the show in October and maybe sooner if I decide to come up this summer. For those who may be planning to go and have to see Mme. Midler, be advised that starting in June Donna Murphy will be doing the Tuesday night performances, as is mentioned in the second article referenced above.

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled website…

    • Edmund Allin

      I agree, too much doom and gloom here.

      • kareemachan

        Soooo….. you’d rather ignore it?

        • Edmund Allin

          No, but life is not a litany of woes undiluted by joy.

  • Texndoc

    “Artiles, an ex-Marine”

    That stuck out to me because I thought that “ex” was always corrected unless it was a dishonorable discharge. When you’re in the company of Marines.
    Maybe they’d agree he’s an ex now.

  • William

    How long until Artiles is busted for sucking cock in a park or public restroom?

    • jmax

      A big black schlong, probably.

      • William

        Absolutely.

  • Derrick Johns

    It’s Trump Time. Let’s have a drink and use racial slurs all over the US. From the mountains, to the prairies….to oceans white with foam…

  • kaydenpat

    Another example of racism and homophobia working hand in hand. Another bigot bites the dust.

  • Ninja0980

    A racist Republican?!
    Say it ain’t so1

  • Boreal
  • TJay229

    Why is it so hard for some melanin challenged folk to get it; YOU DON’T HAVE A PASS TO USE N**GA or N**GE* w/o repercussions, EVER.

    • AaronD12

      I feel like we Crackers don’t have a good euphemism for each other. You know, something that African-Americans cannot use. We need to come up with something…

      • TJay229

        Yes, you Saltines need to, huh.

  • Paula

    You people are violating his free speech rights… blah blah blah……💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩Hey, ex-senator 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻

  • Boreal
  • mjcc1987

    Soon, a new tRump appointee will be coming onto the scene. I’m think’n the civil rights division over at DOJ just doesn’t seem to hate enough and needs the smooth charms this “man” brings …..

  • Hank

    I am sure, that Hair Drumpf will find a position for him in his “administration”!!! /s

  • Mike

    I’m reminded of when the Supreme Court declared a few years ago that racism was over, you know, because of Obama. Ha! I love it that Trump has so emboldened these pigs that all it takes is a little nudge to get them to let the racist insults fly, thinking it’s safe now. Keep it coming. Let’s have them all exposed.

  • Chaz Antonelli

    Bye bye!

  • LovesIrony

    and they still cling to that party of Lincoln shit.

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  • BobSF_94117

    An investigation? Into what?

    That said, or rather asked, not sad to see him go.

  • TheManicMechanic

    No irony lost on the Senate President’s name being “Negron.”

    If he were trying to beg for his job back, would that come out as, “Negron, please??” 😉

  • Lars Littlefield

    Good to see him go. Can he hustle a bit faster, please?

  • ceeenbee

    “The leftist, communis, socialist, fascist, libtards and gay mafia have trampled my first amendment rights to say whatever the fuck I want without repercussion!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!”

  • jefe5084

    I would never have thought the Florida GOP had a line anywhere on racism. Glad I was wrong. Bye.

  • Somebody said “evidently calling your fellow senators the N-word is cross ing the line for republicans”…

    … No dear, “crossing the line” is when you GET CAUGHT DOING IT! Big difference, huge, absolutely YUGE, BIGGERLY, BIGGEST DIFFERENCE EH-VAH!!!

  • Randy

    Really, just how hard is it to control your responses in public, especially if you are an elected official?

  • JCF
  • TimJ

    Alcohol. Its a beautiful thing.