Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Resigns From State Senate Over Sex Allegations: “I’ve Had Enough”

The Associated Press reports:

A powerful Florida state senator and Republican candidate for governor resigned Wednesday the day after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct.

Republican Sen. Jack Latvala continued to deny any wrongdoing as he announced he’s stepping down Jan. 5, and took parting shots at Republican leaders who he said called for his resignation before he could defend himself.

“I have had enough. If this is the process our Party and Senate leadership desires, than I have no interest in continuing to serve with you,” Latvala said in a letter submitted to Senate President Joe Negron.

  • safari

    “How dare they investigate me!”

    • Lori

      And find stuff!

  • kareemachan

    Well, he showed them.

    /s

  • Uncle Mark

    I’m just grateful there are no pictures of it on the internet…this time

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Yet

  • Boreal
  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Buh Bye. Write when you get work

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    buh bye

  • Tawreos

    He sounds pissed that people think he did something wrong. He’ll do it again.

  • Boreal
  • See ya cupcake. And stuff the whines, nobody cares.

  • Uncle Mark

    Funny, “I’ve Had Enough” is exactly what she said when she went to the press to make the allegations against him

  • Treant

    But he hasn’t had an ethics committee investigation!

    (checks registration) Sorry, Republican.

    Bye, sexual harassing motherfucker, rot in hell. Good riddance.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Actually there is a difference, there was an investigation. In fact two of them. And they found evidence of ongoing harassment.

      • Treant

        It’s always different when it’s somebody else’s problem.

  • PickyPecker
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    • david fairfield

      LOL! Thanks Picky. I needed that!

  • safari
  • HZ81

    “If I can’t grope, I want no part of government service.”

    Class act, this one.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/joesonka/status/943603238120673282

    Hopefully someone will use this to bash his head in.

    • PickyPecker

      Turtle and Grimace. #FAKEBFFS

      • clay

        We, who have been shaped by Dr. Seuss, salute you.

    • Snarkaholic

      It’s the prototype for the new, low-cost, Chump(doesn’t)care anesthesia device (gotta keep those insurance costs down)!

    • Bryan

      Hold my bat.

    • I cannot tell you how tempted I was to link the Untouchables clip about Capone and the baseball bat.
      I will forebear.

    • Prost Seattle

      I saw a video with these two hot Latino ball players in the locker room…

      I’m gonna need a minute.

    • Henry Auvil

      That photo made me vomit.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    One has to wonder what would Robin Roberts say to him?

  • safari
  • JT

    Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Resigns From State Senate Over Sex Allegations: “I’ve Had Enough”

    Once was too much.

    • Prost Seattle

      The jokes write themselves.

  • JWC

    sick bunch of pigs all of’em

  • Pip

    In other words. He longs for the good ol’ days. When you could sexually harass and assault folks without a light being shined on the misdeeds.

    • Tomcat

      The boys will be boys years.

  • Tomcat

    One every few days and this could get real in no time at all.

  • shellback

    I am so grateful no one said “bye felicia.” I didn’t find it funny the first 387,000 times I heard it, and still don’t. So, thanks to you all.

  • Adam Schmidt

    I’m sorry but if you think this guy should resign but Franken shouldn’t have and the only difference is whether there’s an “R” or a “D” by their name, you might be a hypocrite. Guilt shouldn’t be based on party affiliation. And frankly we need to find a better solution than “he was accused so he must be guilty” because I think we all know what horrors lie down that path.

    • gaycuckhubby

      I completely agree with you. But what was not in the post above is that there has been an investigation and that is what prompted people to call for his resignation.

      • Adam Schmidt

        And that’s good. But there are a lot of accusations and they’re coming faster and faster. This is going to get messy as hell.

      • -M-

        And actually, Joe did mention “…after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct.”

        • gaycuckhubby

          Well shit… my reading comprehension is off…

          • -M-

            It was easy to skim by.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Speaking of lying down, I may never get up again after your epic burn.

  • Max_1

    Insert bye Felicia gif here…

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    It would be terrible if his Wikipedia page revealed all the prurient details.
    Terrible!

  • AtticusP

    He’s had enough? I would say he’s had far too much, and that’s the problem.

  • gaycuckhubby

    This is not one of those questionable cases. There’s documented evidence of continued harassment.

  • nocadrummer

    Now he’l have more time to spend campaigning for governor!

  • shellback
    • another_steve

      That is SO cat.

      Every cat caregiver understands it.

      • JCF

        One of my BFF’s cats (they currently have 5—that’s actually a low number for them) has the Unofficial Name “She Who Knocks Shit Down”.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          We sometimes refer to our cat as “She Who Must Be Obeyed”.

      • Cattleya1

        You apparently have not known any really nice cats…

    • William

      That could be my Noxzema. We found out she was a he when we took her to be spayed.

      • Reality.Bites

        Is there a story behind the name Noxzema?

        Asking for my dog, Pepto-Bismal. 😉

        • William

          She was named after Miss Noxzema Jackson, from the movie ‘Too Wong Foo’. I was a more fitting name when we found out she really is a he. She is such a girl kitty.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻
    • Prost Seattle

      I had one of those types of cats. Miss her terribly.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        I think all cats are those types of cats.

  • another_steve

    I’ve made crude sexual overtures.

    No takers.

    • Ben in Oakland

      You’d think that The Jared…

  • gaycuckhubby

    Off-topic. I hope we’re ready for what is Yet to Come. The next 3 years are going to be rough. Especially for those relying on social safety nets and those that are the most vulnerable.

    • pi may

      I know, I meant to tell people, the mayan calendar had a note on the bottom , it said , add 5 pukpuks or years

    • JCF

      I’ll tell you all straight up, Right Now: if I lose my Medi-Cal (aka Medicaid), *expect* to see my GoFundMe posted here. Count on it! [56 in January: that’s 9 years to Medicare…if THAT survives (and they don’t raise the access age—which you KNOW the Rethugs will try to do)]

    • David Walker

      Indeed. I’ve played this game so often that I’m curious to see what new wrinkles (says the old fart) show up. I’m told whenever I apply for any programs that save one money (rent vouchers, food stamps, electricity/fuel help, health insurance) that I “make too much” to be considered. “Too much” is $500 a month…that is, I make $500 too much per month. There is no consideration what my expenses are; it’s strictly “you get this much from your Social Security and your pension and it’s too much to expect any help.” I expect my Social Security to decrease and the “too much” limit to increase now. I actually don’t know how much I can take.

      • Todd20036

        I’m grateful for being a fed. If I retire with 30 years, I get to stay on medical insurance until Medicare kicks.

        I really, REALLY hate trump

  • -M-

    Like the prequels weren’t bad enough, George?

  • Ninja0980

    Good riddance.

  • JT
    • gaycuckhubby

      LOL

    • MT YVR

      Ok then. I’ll take one. A break like this.

    • Slippy_World

      Are they giving him a “Louisville Slugger” ?

      • JT

        It certainly must be hard wood.

    • Treant

      Been there, done that, it still doesn’t taste like pineapple.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Is this from shameless?

      I’m asking for a friend, of course.

    • Todd20036

      His chest is MASSIVE

    • Whoa! What’s that from?

    • SelectFromWhere

      I miss all the good parties 🙁

  • gaycuckhubby

    The way that the headline and the post were laid out I was prepared to defend him. I was going to say that he needed the same treatment that Al Franken should have gotten, an Ethics Committee investigation. But following the link to the full story it appears that there has been investigations, two of them, and they found evidence of ongoing harassment.

  • another_steve

    I go from one ear worm to another.

    You haters of “Glee” – suffer with me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_GhKle_yeg

  • RobynWatts
  • ted-

    “I’ve had enough”

    Does that imply he’s had enough sexual assaulting others and he won’t be doing anymore? Well, so are his victims – they’ve had enough of his assaultings

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    It’s hard out there for a straight white Christian male. /s

  • leastyebejudged

    Well, he could always join the Dems !

    • gaycuckhubby

      Because we dont kick out harrassers?

      • leastyebejudged

        No, because their leadership is always so supportive of their accused people !

        • gaycuckhubby

          Straight up confused lol

    • Lawerence Collins

      As what?

  • JCF

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f66e70d3e093918cdba9d8569fc46142c59fd915bcb9f5bf394fa859a933d77.gif

    [NB: I know Robin Roberts is going to be getting quite a workout on meme duty in the coming year!]

  • Kelly Lape

    with the level of accusations that forced Al Franken to resign, I have to assume the “evidence” against this guy is just as bogus.

    • -M-

      No more than you have to assume the opposite. Probably a little less though since it says, “resigned Wednesday the day after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct.”

      Or you could read the linked story about the investigations.

    • Snarky

      Reading can be so enlightening. From the story:

      “… former Judge Ronald Swanson issued a report that Latvala likely inappropriately touched a top Senate aide and may have broken the law by offering a witness in the case his support for legislation in exchange for sex acts.

      “Swanson investigated a formal complaint by Rachel Perrin Rogers, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson. Perrin Rogers accused Latvala of inappropriate touching in a Capitol elevator, at a private club and other occasions. She said on many occasions, Latvala would comment on her appearance by saying she looked “hot” and would stare at her chest as she tried to talk about legislative issues with him.

      “A former lobbyist whose name was redacted in the released copy of Swanson’s report said Latvala would touch her inappropriately, including touching the outside of her bra and panties, every time they were alone in his office. She said he “intimated to her on multiple occasions, that if she engaged in sexual acts or allowed him to touch her body in a sexual manner he would support legislative items for which she was lobbying,” Swanson wrote. That included explicit text messages sent to the woman.”

      • Ben in Oakland

        Maybe he was only 5’5″, had a stiff neck, and that’s why he was looking at her chest.

        • Snarky

          Guess he could have waited for an investigation and offered that up as an explanation for all the groping, sexual text messages and promises of support for legislation in exchange for sex.

          • Ben in Oakland

            I see you’re a cynic. 😜

    • djcoastermark

      His text messages don’t lie. edit- latvala’s text messages.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Wow! Both Pam Bondi and Skeletor came out and said he should resign today!
    Must be pretty damning evidence if even these two swamp critters want nothing to do with him.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Revenge. Not morals at work there, most likely.

  • another_steve
    • Silver Badger

      From the looks of him, this is a young man who should be in high school.

    • OdieDenCO

      below the legal catch limit

      • another_steve

        I only visit sites that swear to me upon Almightly Jesus that all models are of legal age.

        • coram nobis

          Good ol’ 18 USC 2257.

          US Gov’t seal of approval.

    • Treant

      It appears to be an abused 14 year old.

      • another_steve

        Oh (assuming that’s true), no 14 year olds are sexual.

        Noted. 😉

        • Treant

          Then it would just be kiddie porn.

          • another_steve

            A buy-in, that, to theofascist doctrine:

            No young person can be totally and consensually sexual.

          • Treant

            Correct. By law, they can’t until sixteen in PA. It varies in other states.

          • another_steve

            By law, homosexual sodomy in the United States was once illegal and forbidden.

            Raise your hands, sisters and brothers, if you thought that was just!

          • Treant

            I think we can agree that a universal…wait a second, are you actually advocating for severely underaged people to be allowed to sign contracts to appear in the photo as above?

            Oh, this conversation is over.

          • another_steve

            My position can be summarized as follows:

            Age, per se, does not define sexual maturity. There are 13 year olds who are more sexually mature than 40 year olds.

            I know this empirically.

            When I was 13 years old, I knew exactly what I was interested in and wanted sexually. For society/religion to have denied me that freedom, that freedom of judgement – that was a crime.

            Shame on any person who advocates for the continuance of that crime.

          • Treant

            Ugh. Enough. No. You just went on timeout, mister.

          • Reality.Bites

            Steve is 65. But mentally and emotionally and politically he’s at least one generation older. I don’t know or care why, but I tired of his “ooh, what a silly fairy I am gay Stepin Fetchit” act long ago. It’s gross. He’s been spewing his rape fantasies here for months and it’s been treated like a joke.

            It’s not.

            He defends Nazis. He defends rapists. He thinks he has principles of freedom. He’s just disgusting.

          • Treant

            For the most part, I cut my eldergays a break, as I hope the youngergays cut me one for not being willing to attach 38 more letters onto LBGT.

            This…this passed the line.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Actual Headline :

      Bieber Semen Sale today

      Turns out, cattle ranchers with same last name, selling straws of sperm.

      • another_steve

        I’m old and dying and not current when it comes to pop culture – but Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to be “in the news” today.

        “Bad boy, speaking” – that is.

        If anyone reading here knows otherwise, please advise.

        I love dish.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          He did a remake of Mariah Carreys Christmas song.

          My partner hates him.

    • Joe in PA

      Gross?

  • JWC

    OT the brain can only take so much in one day thr quote the Great Gumbie ” mah Bwain hertz’ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/365342ec81bef7fd91d4052334a95c042c7dc1336e19043aa29d2894ebdf4937.jpg

    • clay

      Thank God It’s Friday.

      • JWC

        waaahhh its wednesday

    • Prost Seattle

      I hope he’s stupid.

      • I hope he’s blind and his finger tips are numb.

    • Henry Auvil

      That is not a treasure trail. It’s a treasure superhighway.

  • TuuxKabin

    So he blames it on his own party.

  • bkmn
  • hdtex
  • netxtown

    We won’t be waving when they turn this “no investigation” guilty verdict witch hunt on us…

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Too late. Franken’s gone.

  • ColdCountry

    You know who else has had enough, asshole? All the women (and men) who get groped, rubbed up against, leered at, have to put up with sexual innuendo from creeps, and generally treated as though they are there to be admired – and hit on – and not heard.

    Enough is enough! Men need to learn to treat all women the way they want their daughters treated.

    • Reality.Bites

      Except Donald Trump. He shouldn’t treat anyone the way he wants his daughter treated.

  • jinoneonta

    DO let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Hope it’s a double door.

  • rednekokie

    Just another reThuglican communist.

  • marshlc

    “I’ve had enough” Ah, let us never forget that the REAL victims here are the perpetrators….

  • Henry Auvil

    Just the name Jack Latvala should be hidden from small children. It’s obscene.

  • Henry Auvil

    He’ll have a long post-legislative career impersonating Colonel Sanders at KFC openings all over the state.

  • Hank

    No big Loss!!!

  • Henry Auvil

    As Mae West once said, “I wouldn’t let him touch me. Even with a ten foot pole.”

  • White Canary

    Piece of trash

  • Paula

    Well, hurry up and go to hell then, asshole. Reptilian demon guards won’t mind if you tell dirty jokes.

  • justmeeeee

    Busted!

  • Jay Silversmith

    Awww, he just couldn’t believe his fellow nazis would throw him under the bus so fast before he could defend himself. I can’t stop laughing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/56248fd4816f34dc51606e34fd8cee38fe41967f27cec7002bf6a2efe78a11ca.gif

  • SelectFromWhere

    Somebody watch FOX News (ugh, I know) to see if they identify him as a Democrat, like they did with Mark Foley (who was a Republican)?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/832087e5f8af7fc363c7990e452e1f78cac24d431b644bad18694547818a96d6.jpg

  • Kevin Andrews

    A GOTP howler, who would’ve thought they would be eating their own?