Florida senator who used racial slur resigns

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Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville, Frank Artiles is planning his resignation from the Florida Senate, according to sources who said the resignation could come as early as Friday.

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

The Florida lawmaker under fire over racially inflammatory remarks toward his African-American colleagues has resigned, a spokeswoman for the Florida Senate Majority Office told CNN.

See Artiles' formal resignation letter below. Artiles, a Cuban-American man, repeatedly referred to his black colleagues as "n--rs" and then hurled gendered slurs at a female colleague while at a private club over the weekend.

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Artiles called serving in the Florida Legislature "the honor of a lifetime" and said he wants to continue to serve the community.

"Senator Artiles made the right decision".

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In a second rally community leaders and residents from District 40, which Artiles represents, gathered at the Bethel Church to "share their disgust" over Artiles comments and "call for him to be held accountable for his reprehensible words and actions".

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is officially out of the Florida legislature.

"The only thing unclear is how he does it (i.e., does he go out guns blazing?)."

Artiles said he would fight back against against Roberts representing the Senate, however, and called for an independent counsel to represent that chamber because Roberts has represented Artiles and other witnesses in separate matters. Shortly after his comments, Artiles said that not only wouldn't he resign, but he would run for re-election in 2018.

"I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and all those I have offended", said Artiles.

"My constituents and I would agree that this language is simply unacceptable".

SSN contacted both Artiles and Negron over the news but had not received a response at the time of this article's release. Artiles, a man who once filed an terrible transgender bathroom bill, publicly apologized last Wednesday, stating, "With regard to the word which I used toward no one in particular, but is rightfully the most inflammatory, I know my explanation is inadequate but it is honest".